Joplin, MO chirorpactor discusses why his treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome gets great results.

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Dr. Tom Dunlap


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is also many times referred to as an “overuse syndrome,” or “repetitive stress disorder.” Typically Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when one of the nerves extending the length of your arm and into your hand becomes irritated. Symptoms
quite often result in pain, numbness, loss of sleep, and weakness in the hands.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be quite serious and disabling. My experience is that most, but certainly not all of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome patients are currently working and depend upon the use of their arms and hands in order to earn a living. Imagine how traumatic it would be if one were to have to either lose a job or forego a career because of this type of condition.


There are numerous causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Most are the result of overuse, although occasionally trauma can also be involved.

When I first began my practice more than twenty years ago, most of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sufferers I treated had very demanding, “physical types” of jobs such as carpenters, roofers, production and poultry workers.

What has changed over the years is that today, in addition to the “physical type” of workers I spoke of, is that presently a significant number of carpal tunnel sufferers do not have all day physically demanding types of jobs, but rather some of their job tasks do place a high amount of stress on the back, neck, shoulders, wrist and hands. These types of workers may be computer workers, bank tellers, grocery workers, mechanics, etc.

Sometimes it has nothing to do with one’s job, sometimes it involves one’s hobby. Here, people who spend a lot of time on the internet, or are highly involved with knitting and cross stitching come to mind. These are typically the type of people who use their hands a lot.

Occasionally we treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for a traumatically induced event, such as an auto accident, fall, or sports injury.


Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can vary, depending upon the type of pain which exists, and from the type of health care provider being seen. Medical doctors typically treat with medication, usually in the form of pain pills or anti-inflammatories. While these medications offer some with relief, many times they do not address the underlying cause of the problem. Patients who do not respond well to pain medications are many times referred for surgery.


At Dunlap Chiropractic, P.C. we help people daily find relief of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is safe to say that over the years we have helped thousands of Four State residents relieve their wrist pain. This would include people who have suffered from a recent development of wrist pain, to people who have been suffering with their hands and wrist for years.

At our office we employ a variety of techniques, each one planned to get you relief as quickly as possible, with the goal of addressing the underlying cause of the pain.

The tools and techniques we use in our office to address your specific problem are numerous. These could include one, and many times a combination of the following procedures: chiropractic adjustments by hand, chiropractic adjustments with a low force adjusting instrument for weak or tentative patients, physical therapy, acupuncture, auricular therapy, trigger point therapy, traction, or exercise.


While a lot of chiropractic offices have come and gone over the years, I have been in full time practice, at this same location since 1987. During this time it has been my most sincere pleasure to work with and for, some of the nicest, friendliest patients in the Four
State area.

I am a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. This is where
chiropractic was created in 1895. At Palmer I was blessed with the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques from some of the finest instructors in the world. It was there that
I learned about the history of our profession, and began to employ some of the true and tested, as well as some of the more contemporary methods of healing.

Since graduating from Palmer, I have gone on to further my education in a number of areas. Currently I am the only doctor in this part of the state recognized as a Distinguished Fellow in Chiropractic Biophysics. This is a very demanding course of
study, which teaches doctors how to provide a high level of care to their patients, which in turn allows doctors to teach patients methods which they can employ to strengthen and stabilize areas of weakness in their spine. Presently there are only a handful of doctors in Missouri who have completed this training, most of them are either in Kansas City or St. Louis.

I am one of only several doctors in the Joplin area to have gone back to school and received additional training in acupuncture. In our office, I do not perform the traditional forms of acupuncture which employ the insertion of needles into the body. Instead, we
utilize what is known as electro acupuncture. Both traditional acupuncture and electro acupuncture work extremely well. The advantage of electro acupuncture is that the treat-ments require much less time, and for those who hate needles, don’t worry, there are no

Additionally, I am one of the few doctors in Missouri who has undergone additional training and is recognized as a Certified Insurance Claims Consultant.

Over the years I have, and remain very active in our state and local chiropractic associations. In the past I have served as President of the Four State Chiropractic
Association, and as President of the Missouri State Chiropractic Association Political
Action Committee.


As you can imagine, having been in practice for a number of years, we maintain a very busy office. However, we are committed to helping as many people in the community as we can. Time permitting, we do offer a limited number of FREE CONSULTATION CERTIFICATES. I have been told on more than one occasion that these are worth their weight in gold.

With this FREE CONSULTATION CERTIFICATE, this will give you an opportunity to come in and meet with me personally. If I think that chiropractic can help you I will tell you, and if not I will tell you that too.

If you have been suffering or are in pain at this time, I encourage you to complete the form below, and lets see if something can be done to help.

Life is too short to be in pain. Fill out the form today.

I wish you the best in health.


Dr. Tom Dunlap