Acupuncture Treats Carpal Tunnel (near Andover, MN)
Carpal Tunnel is a common syndrome caused by repetitive stress injury involving the wrist and acupuncture is often used as treatment.
The problem lies with the median nerve when it becomes irritated from overuse. Nerve inflammation results. This nerve is already restricted within the narrow passage called the “carpal tunnel” located in the wrist. Now it is inflamed with swelling within a narrow space.
This swollen nerve becomes compressed. This is also known as a nerve entrapment.
This nerve inflammation results in the sensation of tingling and numbness and sometimes a “pins & needles” sensation felt in wrist, possibly forearm and first four fingers.
Repetitive Stress injury
Nerve entrapment or compression
Tingling and Numbness in wrist, hand, forearm or fingers
Acupuncture is often successful for Carpal Tunnel. However, I recommend a patient look into possible surgery if after a few treatments progress has not been made (to avoid any long-term nerve damage).
Who Gets Carpal Tunnel?
Anyone who repeatedly does certain hand motions over a period of time can end up with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Keyboard typists
- Massage Therapists
- Menopausal Women
- Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers
Acupuncturists in Anoka treat joint pain due to Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (R.A.) joint pain, Juvenile Arthritis joint pain and bone pain of the hip, back pain and knee pain.
Home Care Tips
- Alternate cold and warm
- Avoid repetitive overuse activities which led to carpal tunnel
- Stretching exercises for carpals 3 times daily
- Keep area dry and warm
(Protecting hands from water with gloves while washing dishes and from cold weather)-good for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis as well.
- Fish oil (check with your doctor 1st if taking a blood thinner)
- Glucosamine Chondroitin supplement
- Turmeric (I use spice powder added to tea)
Turmeric is an inexpensive and easy way to supplement an inflammation fighter into your daily diet. Sprinkle over food or add to tea. I drink mine whisked into a ginger tea or into my coconut milk in a cooking pot-it makes a beautiful jewel colored latte-like beverage!
Acupuncture treats Repetitive Stress Injury from overuse due to repetitive hand motions like Carpal Tunnel or Trigger Finger in Anoka.
Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc
Aleesha Ackerman is a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in treating chronic pain such as Arthritis Pain, Fibromyalgia and Headaches/ Migraines, Back pain as well as Anxiety and Menopausal issues like Hot flashes and Insomnia. She has treated her fair share of Carpal Tunnel and Trigger Finger due to overuse with success.
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