What is Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Dupuytren’s Contracture is a thickening and tightening of the fibrous tissue layer underneath the skin of the palm and fingers which usually affects the ring finger and pinky finger. The slang term for this disease is “Viking Disease” because it occurs most often in older men of Northern European descent. I have no idea why they would nickname it the “Viking Disease” because when I think of a viking, I’m thinking of a tough, strong, nearly indestructible man…. Something like this:
Medical doctors have no idea what causes Dupuytren’s Contracture which is usually when they blame an autoimmune disorder or genetics, but for some reason they can’t even figure that out.
“Doctors don’t know what causes Dupuytren’s contracture.”
I can see why they would be so confused because they haven’t found a link to anything including any type of hand injuries or occupations that involve vibrations to the hands. The funny thing about all of this is that if doctors really knew their anatomy and physiology then this is actually a really simple condition to resolve. First we have to look to the nervous system, in particular the nerve supply to the hands.
Every doctor knows or they should know the 3 nerves of the hand, the Median, Radial, and Ulnar nerves, but what most doctors don’t know is how these nerves can be directly affected by any underlying problems in the spine. Why the spine? I knew you’d ask that! These nerves originate from what’s known as the Brachial Plexus which is a bundle of nerves that that connect to the spinal cord and thus the brain through the spinal levels C5-T1.
If these nerve are compromised at any of these spinal levels then this will cause all sorts of problems with the upper extremities such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Dupuytren’s Contracture. In the case of Dupuytren’s contracture, the lack of proper nerve supply causes a weakness of the muscles of the hand which causes the body to intelligently lay down more fibrous tissue to stabilize that particular area of the hand.
One of the best methods of stimulating the nerve supply and promoting proper function of the upper extremities is through a unique and specific type of chiropractic care which I call Corrective Chiropractic. Corrective chiropractic techniques focus on reshaping the spine, restoring normal biomechanics, and stimulating the nervous system. Here are some examples:
-You’re seeing a massive deviation of the thoracic and cervical spine which are causing nerve interference to many different areas of the body including the hands. In addition to many other health issues, this person came into my clinic complaining about a chronic weakness in his hands. If left untreated this could’ve developed into Dupuytren’s contracture. Luckily he came into my clinic and he regained the use of his hands. The x-ray on the right was taken after just 90 days of care.
Here’s another example from the side view of the cervical spine:
It can be extremely difficult to find a decent chiropractor, so make sure you find a chiropractor with the skills necessary to reshape the structure of the spine, restore normal biomechanics, and stimulate the nervous system to promote healing and normal function.
Here’s a video that’ll help you find the best possible chiropractor in your area: