Acupuncture Carpal Tunnel

Acupuncture is a type of therapy used in Chinese medicine, which involves inserting thin needles along the meridians’ specific points.  The result is a balanced flow of life-force energy, called Qi (or chi), which in turn enables the body and mind to regain, improve and maintain its vitality and health.

What is acupuncture carpal tunnel?

Acupuncture carpal tunnel is the process where needles are used to treat symptoms of CTS or carpal tunnel syndrome. Such symptoms include weakness of the hands, tingling or numbness of the fingers and thumb and pain that is felt on the palm side of the forearm and the wrist area. Carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist that holds the median nerve, veins and tendons that aid mobility of hand and fingers.  It is bound by ligaments and bones on the wrist area of the hand. The symptoms are produced when the nerves are compressed either by physical force or by internal neurological damage. In other words, carpal tunnel syndrome results when the median nerves, a blood vessel or tendon are pinched and is damaged in the process. The CTS is also called median nerve entrapment and is considered the most common job related injury among workers.

What Are the Conventional Treatments Involved In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The severity of the symptoms dictates the type of conventional treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist splints and anti-inflammatory drugs are often the commonly recommended treatments in managing the symptoms.  For patients that are in the advanced stage of CTS, surgery might be performed. Treatments of carpal tunnel syndrome may also take into consideration the underlying conditions or the contributory factors that result in the development of the CTS.  These factors include obesity, thyroid problems, rheumatoid arthritis, menopause, hormonal changes in pregnancy and diabetes.

Hands of woman with carpal tunnel syndrome over computer keyboarGreat Alternative to Conventional Treatment

Acupuncture carpal tunnel can specifically help in managing CTS. It eliminates the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, splints and surgery.The treatment works on the brain areas that minimize sensitivity to stress and pains and also promote relaxation by eliminating the causes of worry and anxiety.

It has been found by several studies that acupuncture can reduce the swelling of soft tissue (edema). It can also stimulate cortisol production.  Cortisol is a hormone that reduces inflammation and pain and its production can aid in the reduction of carpal tunnel swelling. Acupuncture is an option worth considering, especially by people who are experiencing the symptoms in the early stages.

Acupuncture in general is proven to stimulate the nervous system. It also causes the neuro chemical messenger molecules to get released, which results in the changes that influence the body’s physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture can also help in the relief of shoulder stiffness, neck pains, headaches, sleeping problems and eye strain. These symptoms are also associated with people suffering from CTS. The treatment may require several sessions before cumulative enduring effects are achieved.

A person suffering from CTS may get help from an experienced and certified acupuncture practitioner like us. This professional can help you find out more about acupuncture and carpal tunnel syndrome. Contact us today for information. 

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