Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Acupuncture Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Acupuncture for carpal tunnel Syndrome can be very effective in treating this condition especially when combined with exercise and advice.  A course of 4 to 6 treatments can often see the problem resolved.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Information:

Carpal Tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve in the wrist becomes impinged. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (Excluding the little finger), as well as carrying impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. Therefore when this nerve becomes aggravated symptoms of pain, tingling, or numbness in the wrists, hands or fingers may occur. This may cause difficulty in the holding or gripping of objects. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by local inflammation of tendons and the surrounding area but is also often in the later stages of pregnancy and as a complication of thyroid disorders.

Acupuncture, carpal tunnel theory:

The acupuncture meridians commonly associated with the median nerve include the Colon, Lung, and Pericardium pathways. Through the activation of these pathways either by acupuncture, electro-acupuncture or cupping, the flow of qi and blood can be invigorated relieving pain, reducing inflammation and promoting the bodies own healing ability.

Research

J Med Assoc Thai.2010 Dec;93(12):1463-9.Efficacy of acupuncture versus night splinting for carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomized clinical trial.

Kumnerddee W,Kaewtong A.

Electro-acupuncture was as effective as night splinting in respect of overall symptoms and functions in mild-to-moderate degree CTS. However, pain was reduced more by electro-acupuncture than night splinting.