Acupuncture Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by Administrator 19. November 2015 17:54

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is common medical condition causing numbness and tingling sensation the hand as well as wrist. It is caused due to a pressure on the median nerve from where it passes through the carpal tunnel, a narrow passage in the wrist. The nerve is responsible for controlling sensations that allow the fingers and thumb to move. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is more commonly seen in women and people with certain nerve damaging conditions, such as Diabetes.

Causes

  • Wrist fracture or dislocation
  • Repetitive activities involving the wrist, such as typing
  • Heredity
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • Excessive weight
  • A fall or blow to the wrist
  • Swollen tendons

Symptoms

  • Pain in the hand and wrist
  • Numbness and tingling sensation
  • Pain may radiate up towards the arm and shoulder
  • Thumb weakness
  • Pins and needles
  • Decreased grip strength
  • Difficulty in forming a fist and grasping small objects

How acupuncture can help?

From traditional Chinese medicine point of view, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is believed to be an interruption of the flow of energy (Qi) and blood to the areas that control the muscles as well as functioning of the wrist. Acupuncture therapy works by stimulating the nervous system and triggering the release of certain neurotransmitters. With this, the body’s homeostatic mechanisms are motivated to function properly, thereby, promoting physical and psychological well-being.

Acupuncture may help to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by:

  • Reducing the sensitivity to experience pain and stress.
  • Neutralizing the analytical brain to promote relaxation and reducing anxiety.
  • Triggering the release of a neurotransmitter, adenosine, to increase the ability to bear pain.
  • Controlling functioning of the limbic system of the brain, including hypothalamus and amygdala.
  • Preparing the brain to cease processing of sensory nerve input from the affected wrist and fingers.

Besides reducing the pain, swelling and tingling sensation in the wrist, acupuncture also aims at addressing the shoulder pain, arm stiffness and other symptoms associated with the condition. Any underlying medial problems, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, thyroid disorders, Diabetes, menopause, hormonal imbalances etc. that may have contributed to the development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are also addressed during the treatment.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer comprehensive acupuncture treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. To schedule an appointment with the acupuncturists at our clinic, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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