If you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, you know how uncomfortable and debilitating this condition can be. When the carpal tunnel in the wrist narrows from an injury or swelling, the nerve is compressed, which can lead to numbness, pain, and weakness in the hands. Often, lifestyle changes can help to relieve symptoms, and through Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine, carpal tunnel can be treated without side effects or medications.
The main cause of Carpal Tunnel is the repetitive flexing and extension of the tendons in the hands and wrists. When these actions are performed for long periods of time, it can lead to Repetitive Stress Injury.
Common Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel
- Dull wrist pain that worsens over time
- Numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation in hands and fingers
- Pain that extends from the wrist up to the arm and shoulder, or, down into the fingers and palms
- Loss of feeling in fingers
- Weakness in the hands and trouble with holding objects
Types of Treatment for Carpal Tunnel
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel is often based on the severity of the symptoms. It may include immobilizing the wrist and hand to prevent additional trauma, using anti-inflammatory drugs, and in extreme cases, surgery. Acupuncture can help to reduce swelling of soft tissue and stimulate production of cortisol, which is a hormone that reduces inflammation. With acupuncture, the reduction of swelling in the soft tissue can help to reduce symptoms and treat Carpal Tunnel long-term, as well as the emotional stress of living with Carpal Tunnel.
Best Acupuncture’s Approach to Treating Carpal Tunnel
At Best Acupuncture, our acupuncturists will develop a personalized treatment plan designed to help reduce your body’s imbalances. After the initial exam, we would insert sterile needles at specific points along the meridians to support and strengthen your body.
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