Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome With Acupuncture

Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome With Acupuncture

There are many reasons why people experience pain, however one common complaint people have is carpal tunnel syndrome.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

When there is compression of the median nerve on the palm side of the wrist between tendons that flex the hand. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome.

How Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Develop? 

There are a number of reasons why carpal tunnel syndrome can develop.

Firstly trauma of the wrist may lead to thickness of the flexor retinaculum, creating compression of the median nerve.

Secondly oedema or thickness of the soft tissue, lipoma or ganglion in the carpal tunnel can compress the median nerve.

Thirdly forceful flexion of the wrist may create median nerve compression.

How is it Diagnosed? 

Several characteristics point to a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Pins and needles or burning pain in the palm side of the first 3 fingers and half of the ring finger.
  • Weakness and atrophy in muscles controlling thumb abduction.
  • Coldness of the affected fingers when the environment is cold
  • Phalen’s test is positive
  • Tapping the wrist reproduces pain.

How Can Acupuncture Manage Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? 

The most common strategy is to release the pressure on the median nerve and restore the natural function.

However, there are a number of natural, side effect free ways to support the recovery of carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • Firstly, Acupuncture on the opposite wrist or ankle can trigger a fast pain relief on the affected side. This requires an acupuncturist that has experience in distal needling. Apple here
  • Secondly, Acupuncture on the local area can help relax muscles and tendons, and increase blood circulation to the area to promote recovery.
  • Thirdly, manual techniques such as massage, counter pulling the affected fingers, stretching the fingers and tendons can support recovery.
  • Finally, Herbal Medication used on the affected area or oral intake can help reduce pain, support blood circulation and restore function.

Suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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David L. Edwards is an author, herbalist and licensed acupuncturist. He is the author of The Body Fat Formula and The Pocketbook guide to Chinese medicine and painless cures (available on amazon). David is the creator of Barefoot Health and Wellness health programs.

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References

  1. Porter, Kaplan (editors). The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 19th ed. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Whitehouse Station, N.J. 2011.
  2. The Practice of Chinese medicine, second edition. Giovanni Maciocia. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
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