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Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel

If you’re someone who spends a lot of the day on the computer, or in a job that requires other repetitive motions in your wrists and hands, you might be experiencing pain.  In some cases, repetitive movements of the wrist and fingers, including typing, can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Characterized by pain in the wrist and hand, carpal tunnel syndrome means the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the wrist to the hand, has been compressed. This compression causes pain, numbness, tingling and occasional weakness of the wrist, arm and hand.

Conventional medicine treats carpal tunnel syndrome with splints, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone shots. If drug therapy doesn’t satisfactorily relieve the pain, then surgery is recommended.

Most people who develop wrist pain are given medication and sent to surgery prematurely without being advised to seek out less invasive treatment. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers safe and proven effective treatment. A study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital demonstrated that patients who received traditional acupuncture and a more modern form, electroacupuncture, for carpal tunnel syndrome had a reduction in pain and a remapping of their brain! Before and after magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) proved that the carpal tunnel related damage to the somatosensory cortex was repaired in participants who received acupuncture. This is amazing! People who received acupuncture actually had the benefit of continued improvement from their carpal tunnel syndrome over time and their ability to function improved, too.  Would you like to be one of these people who have lasting pain relief with out the use of drugs and surgery?

Findings published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal refers to a number of studies using acupuncture to treat carpal tunnel sydrome: Electroacupuncture helps ease carpal tunnel in study

Acupuncture is a safer alternative to NSAIDs, cortisone shots and surgery. Studies confirm acupuncture decreases inflammation and restores function to tight muscles and tendons. Studies show acupuncture eliminating the pain by increasing circulation and restoring function. Acupuncture is cheaper, less invasive and has a much higher probability of providing permanent relief.  Consider utilizing acupuncture to treat carpal tunnel syndrome for yourself and also to recommend to others.

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