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The Wrist Reset

A Chiropractic Wrist Adjustment & Realignment for Wrist Pain

Are you suffering from pain in your wrists or hands and want to know what you can do to alleviate it? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear that a chiropractic wrist reset can be a quick and effective method for long-term relief.

Welcome to the office of Dr. Steve Hruby where we have spent decades perfecting our pain alleviation techniques. Our goal is to provide modern, non-invasive therapies that treat the root of your wrist pain.

Dr. Steve Hruby, D.C. employs a wrist reset by stretching the hand out to assist in relieving tension in the wrist area and, in addition, massages to manipulate the bones and lessen stiffness in any inflamed ligaments.

Thanks to having treated countless wrist injury patients over the past 20-plus years, our practice has perfected the reset procedure. We tailor our treatment to the individual, meaning adjustments and manipulations of your hand and wrist are intentionally performed on specific ligaments, muscles, and bones to target the source of your pain.

Continue reading to see how wrist pain is treated by our chiropractic practices and the most common types of wrist-related injuries that a reset can help with.

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Chiropractor Wrist Reset Care in Scottsdale

Your upper body’s range of motion can be severely limited by certain wrist conditions if left untreated.

Joint adjustments and physical therapy are the most popular chiropractic therapies for wrist discomfort. At Kaizen Progressive Health, your specific condition and requirements are the main emphasis of our treatment protocol.

During your initial consultation your chiropractor asks about your pain, mobility, how you injured your wrist, and more to properly locate the cause of the issue and determine the appropriate course of action.

Your doctor thoroughly inspects your wrist and hand during treatment sessions to identify and improve any damaged tissue and/or ligament stress. The therapy you receive is customized to you and your wrist ailment, since every patient’s injuries are unique to them.

At Kaizen Progressive, your wrist reset treatment includes a wrist realignment and a series of stretches.

Wrist Realignment

The realignment of the joints is the focal point of many chiropractic procedures. The process involves your doctor initiating the healing process by moving the bones of the wrist back into their proper positions.

Inflammation may build up and produce a lot of pressure in your wrist if a bone is out of position, which can swiftly extend the pain to your hands and forearms.

As your bones realign during chiropractic treatment, inflammation in the soft tissue of your wrist is significantly decreased, acting as a catalyst for your recovery.

You may return to feeling better and returning to your regular self when the strain in your wrist dissipates.

Wrist Stretching

In addition to bone manipulation, chiropractors also use stretching to assist in loosening up the muscles in your wrist in order to lessen discomfort and stiffness in inflamed ligaments.

As mentioned, rotating the wrist, clenching the hand, plus flexing the wrist and fingers are a few of the most common reset exercises. Each includes contracting and relaxing of the muscles and tendons that make up your hand and wrist.

Movement can be exceedingly challenging due to tissue scarring caused by a number of wrist conditions and although muscles are elastic, they become rigid as the tissue damage worsens.

When ligaments and tissue damage occurs, the muscles no longer glide smoothly amongst one another, as they should, which is the cause of a lot of wrist patient’s pain.

However, since stretching methods promote blood circulation, they also restore muscular flexibility, which aids in the repair of soft tissue.

Chiropractic wrist treatment aims to restore injured soft tissue, which reduces inflammation and lets you get back to your everyday activities. When your wrist and hand’s circulation improves, there’s a reduction in ligament swelling. Furthermore, your range of motion, if impacted, gradually gets better.

Chiropractic treatment also helps to strengthen your wrists long-term, which lowers your risk of future injuries.

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You shouldn't have to live in pain after being in a car accident and our team wants to help. Let our experts help identify where and why your pain is occurring and provide a non-invasive treatment regimen.

If you live in Scottsdale, or Phoenix's East Valley, reach out to Dr. Hruby and team today to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to serving you!

7 Common Wrist Conditions Chiropractic Care Treats

1. Sudden Impact Injury

One of the most common ways patients injure their wrists come from falling. When you fall forward onto your extended hand, wrist injuries like sprains, strains, and even fractures may result. If the scaphoid bone, on the thumb side of the wrist, is fractured, the pain can extend through the entire hand and up your arm.

After your chiropractor conducts an exam to locate the cause of your wrist pain, the most common treatment involves pressure, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (PRICE) within 72 hours of the injury. This minimizes edema and inflammation.

Kinesiotape helps support the wrist in any sprain grade, reducing discomfort and speeding up recovery.

If it’s a grade I sprain, chiropractic manipulation and IFC (interferential current) may reduce pain and inflammation, plus improve mobility and function. Your doctor may also apply heat to increase blood flow to ligaments, where it is normally lower than in muscles and tendons.

Grade II sprains are treated with chiropractic manipulation for approximately three weeks, depending on the severity of the pain and discomfort.

2. Repetitive Stress Injury

Any activity that requires repeated wrist motion, such as playing the cello or tennis, or even driving long distances, may irritate the tissues surrounding joints or lead to stress fractures. This is particularly true if the motion is performed without a break for hours at a time, like typing on a computer.

A common stress injury of the wrist is De Quervain’s disease, which is when the base of the thumb hurts due to the repeated motion.

Kaizen uses methods and treatments to alleviate joint and muscle tension, intended to increase joint mobility. Manual techniques are particularly helpful for relaxing tight muscles and soft tissues, which promotes healing.

Massage isn’t the only soft tissue treatment chiropractors implement. Soft tissue treatment decreases tensile and compressive stress and speeds recovery. Repetitive strain injuries may make joint muscles painful or stiff and this treatment relaxes and loosens muscles, which eases work stress or routine motions.

Mobilization and manipulation improve limited joint mobility. If you have locked joints or restricted function from discomfort, a wrist reset helps. Your chiropractor can tell if a reset of your wrists is appropriate after a thorough exam.

3. Osteoarthritis

This kind of arthritis develops over time when the cartilage that protects the ends of your bones wears down. Osteoarthritis in the wrist is rare and often only affects persons who have previously hurt that wrist.

Deteriorating cartilage, a protective substance that covers the ends of bones and cushions the joints, causes the disease.

A visit to your Kaizen chiropractor can reduce the joint’s pressure, adjust joints to lessen the discomfort, and use traditional heat and massage to help with continued joint dysfunction in your wrists.

4. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, a condition where the immune system of the body assaults its own tissues, often affects the wrist. Typically, both wrists are damaged if one is.

Reducing systemic inflammation is one mechanism through which chiropractic therapy may alleviate RA symptoms.

With chiropractic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory disorders in the wrists, joint adjustments can restore health and movement by restoring the body’s natural symmetry. These alterations have the potential to reduce the synthesis of proteins that may accumulate in the immune system and contribute to inflammation.

Patient Describing Wrist Pain Areas

5. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

When the median nerve is compressed it results in carpal tunnel syndrome. On the hand’s palm side, the carpal tunnel is a small opening encircled by bones and ligaments. Numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and arm are signs of median nerve compression.

Your chiropractor is able to assess whether issues in your upper spine, your cervical spine, are the underlying cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. In such cases, the goal of chiropractic treatment is to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the nerve.

If pressure in your carpal tunnel is the cause of your problems, your doctor may do some light manipulations of your wrists or elbows as part of your therapy.

6. Ganglion Cysts

The area of your wrist that is opposite your palm is the most common location for these soft tissue cysts to develop. Ganglion cysts may cause discomfort and, depending on how active you are, the pain might become worse.


Looking beyond the symptoms of ganglions and trigger fingers can help you avoid many physical problems over time by resolving or improving the mechanisms behind why they developed, utilizing a holistic chiropractic approach.

7. Kienbock's Disease

This condition, which manifests itself most often in young people, is characterized by the gradual breakdown of the wrist’s smaller bones. The symptoms of Kienbock’s disease manifest themselves when the bone’s blood flow is disrupted.

When it comes to Kienbock’s there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to providing appropriate therapy for wrist pain. It is critical to identify the origin of the pain, since the therapy you get is determined by both the cause and the degree of the discomfort.

5 Wrist Reset FAQs

Have questions about the wrist reset procedure? If so, see if your question is answered below. If you don’t see it, feel free to reach out to our team directly. We’re happy to assist!

Chiropractors utilize stretching methods in addition to manipulating the wrist’s bones in order to assist in the lessening of pain and decrease the stiffness in inflamed ligaments. This helps release tension in the wrist, which in turn helps reduce the tightness in the ligaments. Some instances of this include gripping one’s hand, rotating one’s wrist, flexing one’s wrist, and bending one’s fingers.

The most obvious sign of a dislocated wrist is excruciating pain, which often becomes even more severe when you attempt to move your wrist in any direction other than holding it straight forward. It’s also possible that you’ll experience discomfort in your forearm and you could see swelling in the tissue surrounding your wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often described as a shooting pain that starts at the wrist and progresses up the arm and if you’re gripping anything, such as a steering wheel, phone, or magazine, you may experience discomfort. Chiropractors assist in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome through tactics like wrist resets, massage, and popping of bones, plus give advice on how to reduce pain.

A chiropractor will work to release the pressure that is being placed on your wrist’s nerve in order to alleviate the pain and prevent nerve damage from occurring. Fortunately, chiropractic care may be of assistance in treating many of the symptoms and conditions that are associated with nerve compression, including carpal tunnel syndrome.

Subluxation, which happens sometimes as a result of wrist trauma, causes the radius and ulna to compress the sheath at an awkward angle. Because of this, the tendon wanders in and out of its usual path, causing a constant clicking sound in the wrist. Even though surgery can correct the issue, it is far more intrusive than chiropractic therapy, which should be your first attempt to rectify the clicking noise.

Don't Put Your Pain Off, Treat it Today!

You shouldn't have to live in pain after being in a car accident and our team wants to help. Let our experts help identify where and why your pain is occurring and provide a non-invasive treatment regimen.

If you live in Scottsdale, or Phoenix's East Valley, reach out to Dr. Hruby and team today to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to serving you!

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