Acupuncture Can Be An ideal Option for Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A person wearing a wrist splint is usually an indication that he or she has carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). A lot of people blame the rise of CTS to uncomfortable body positioning for long hours or poor computer ergonomics.

Symptoms of CTS include pain from the wrist area throughout the palm side of the forearm; tingling and/or numbness of fingers; and hand weakness.

The carpal tunnel is a tube bound by bones and ligaments in the wrist area and is situated on the palm side of the hand. It is about the diameter of the thumb, and it channels and houses the tendons, veins, and median nerve for finger and hand mobility.

CTS amounts to tendon damage or a pinched blood vessel or median nerve regardless if it was brought about by injury, internal neurological damage or inflammation, physical forces, or injury that compresses the carpal tunnel.

CTS symptoms may develop from various types of work in that involves the poor positioning of the hands and arms. But, if those symptoms vanish easily and quickly, the condition probably is not CTS or if it is, is not a serious case of it.

If you suffer from CTS this tip should keep you from needing medical intervention: take a break and shake your hands and arms, then re-position your arms, hand, and general posture better.

But, if the symptoms don’t go away last after long hours of typing or after your work has long ended, you need to see a doctor.

Conventional Treatments for CTS

Western medicine provides adjustable splints that can be removed any time. A lot of people with CTS wear them during work. It’s also recommended that the CTS sufferer wears one while going to sleep.

Other suggested treatments include medications, specifically NSAIDS (Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs). Other drugs are prescribed while others can be bought OTC (over the counter). All of these drugs merely relieve pain and come with adverse side effects. Cortisone injections are sometimes used to lessen the pressure from swelling on the median nerve.

Surgery is selected all these modalities fail to work. The least invasive CTS surgery is endoscopic surgery, a procedure in which a narrow tube is inserted into small incisions,. Open surgery, is the most invasive and it entails the use of more anesthesia.

A Non-Pharmaceutical, Non-Surgical Form of CTS Intervention is Acupuncture

Acupuncture works on the notion that Qi or vital energy flows all over the body through energy vessels known as meridians. This type of medicine has been used for centuries for both reversing bad health and optimizing good health, chronic or acute.

Lately, acupuncture has been used successfully for healing sports injuries. One dramatic example happened just prior to the 1986 Super Bowl when Jim McMahon Chicago Bears controversial quarterback had to go through acupuncture treatments for a severely bruised back that conventional treatment wasn’t able to treat.

Jim said he felt 200 percent better after the treatments. The Bears went on to win the Super Bowl by routing the Patriots. This news caught the medical skeptics and naysayers by surprise and spiked acupuncture’s slowly growing public acceptance in America.

A recent Iranian study published in January 2012’s in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences dealt with CTS treatment using acupuncture in Maitland. In that study, 64 people suffering from moderate carpal tunnel syndrome were grouped in to two. One group wore wrist splints at night and was given a couple of acupuncture treatments each week for four weeks. The other group, the control group was given fake acupuncture along vitamins B1 and B6.

The real acupuncture group ended up with better neurological test results and had a GSS (global symptom scores) than the control group. This means that the acupuncture group experienced less numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain than the people in the control group.

The results of this study indicate that acupuncture can better the overall subjective symptoms of CTS and could be used in comprehensive care programs of those patients.

A Study Conclusively Shows That Acupuncture Works For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the likeliest reason why you see someone wearing a wrist splint. The cause of CTS is usually attributed to uncomfortable body positioning for long hours or from poor computer ergonomics.

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain around the area throughout the palm side of your forearm, tingling and/or numbness of fingers (except the little finger) and thumb, and weakness of the hand.

The carpal tunnel is the part of the hand where a tube surrounded by ligaments and bones on the palm side of the hand in the wrist region is located. Its size is about the diameter of the thumb, and it channels and hosts the tendons, veins, and the median nerve for finger and hand mobility.

Carpal tunnel syndrome amounts to a tendon damage or a pinched blood vessel or median nerve in the carpal tunnel. It can arise from internal neurological damage or inflammation or by physical forces that compresses the carpal tunnel.

If symptoms similar to CTS dissipate easily and quickly it’s probably not it even if they mimic CTS. Those symptoms may be due to different types of work with hands and arms badly – at least they’re not serious.

Medical intervention can be avoided simply by better general posture, shaking your arms and hands then re-positioning them, or by taking breaks. But you should look for medical help if the symptoms persist after long hours of typing or if you’ve been away from the job after long hours.

Western Modes of Treatment for CTS

Western medicine treatment for CTS uses adjustable splints that you can take off and on as needed. Wearing the splint during sleep is highly suggested. A lot of CTS sufferers wear those splints during work.

NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) which can be prescribed or bought OTC (over the counter) are also recommended to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with CTS. These drugs work to merely ameliorate pain and they come with negative side effects. Occasionally, injections of cortisone are required to lessen the pressure from the median nerve swelling.

If all these treatments are not enough, endoscopic surgery is performed. This type of surgery involves inserting a narrow tube into small incisions and is quite invasive. This procedure sometimes is used for injured knees. As the name implies, open surgery, requires more anesthesia and is highly invasive.

Maitland Acupuncture – A non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical CTS intervention

Acupuncture has been utilized for ages for reversing both acute and chronic bad health and for optimizing good health. It boosts the distribution of chi (vital energy) along the body’s energy channels called meridians.

Acupuncture has recently found to be a powerful way for healing maladies caused by sports injuries. A study done recently by an Iranian University and featured in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, January 2012 edition used a randomized controlled trial protocol. The study had 64 participants suffering from a moderate case of CTS. The subjects were divided into three groups. The control group was given no treatment. One group was treated with sham acupuncture plus vitamins B1 and B6 with. A couple of acupuncture treatments each week over a four week period were given another group who also had to wear splints during sleep at night.

As expected, the group treated with real acupuncture and wore splints at night had lower GSS (global symptom scores) reported for numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain and tested better neurologically.

The conductors of the study concluded that acupuncture can boost the overall subjective of carpal tunnel syndrome’s symptoms. They also said that the treatment can be used in the comprehensive care programs of CTS patients.

Naturally Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with The Use of Acupuncture

People who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are likely to wear a wrist splint. Uncomfortable positioning of the body for extended hours and poor computer ergonomics are some of the common reasons for the development of this condition.

The symptoms of CTS include pain originating in the area of the wrist that radiate to the palm side of the forearms, tingling and/or numbness of the fingers (except the little finger) and thumb, and overall weakness.

About the diameter of your thumb, the carpal tunnel is a tube bound by ligaments and bones on the palm side of the hand in the wrist area. This is where tendons, veins, and the median nerve are housed and channeled for finger and hand mobility.

Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve is pinched or when a tendon or a blood vessel is damaged in the carpal tunnel.

There are symptoms brought about by the poor positioning of the hand and arms that mimic those of CTS. To distinguish these from the ones caused by CTS, the symptoms caused by CTS do not go away easily and quickly, and are not as serious as those of CTS.

For non-CTS hand and arm pain and discomfort, simply taking breaks, and shaking your hands and arms then re-positioning them and adjusting your general posture in a proper way can prevent the need for medical attention.

But for symptoms that do not easily and quickly go away (especially after long hours of typing), you may then need to see a doctor.

CTS – Conventional Modes of Treatment

Arm splints and NSAID medications are the most common modes of treatment offered by Western medicine for CTS. Arm splints are worn by a lot of CTS sufferers during work and oftentimes, they are also required to be worn during sleep.

NSAIDS (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) are prescription drugs that serve to alleviate CTS-related pain. Most of these drugs can be bought over-the-counter. Cortisone injections may also be given to lessen pressure on the median nerve inflammation. All these drugs have adverse side effects.

Open surgery and endoscopic surgery, are final options if the above mentioned modalities prove inadequate. This procedure involves inserting a narrow tube into small incisions, and is less invasive than open surgery. Open surgery requires more anesthesia than endoscopic surgery.

Acupuncture for CTS
Acupuncture has been practiced for tens of hundreds of years and works in the distribution of chi for reversing chronic or acute bad health and restoring good health.

Acupuncture is more and more being used for the treatment of sports injuries. A recent randomized controlled trial study was performed in Iran. It tested acupuncture’s efficacy for treating CTS and it involved the participation of 64 patients who were all suffering from a moderate form of CTS. The result of this study was published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences in January 2012.

The participants were grouped into two with the control group receiving fake acupuncture along with vitamins B1 and B6. The other group wore wrist splints each night and was treated with weekly acupuncture treatments for four weeks.

The group given real acupuncture showed much better results. They experienced a lessening of their numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain than the control group.

The study ended by stating that the findings implied that acupuncture can significantly better the symptoms of CTS. The conductors of the research recommended acupuncture for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and said that it should be integrated in the care programs of CTS patients.

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