Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the
forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median
nerve is housed by the carpal tunnel which is a narrow pathway made of bone
and ligaments at the base of the hand. Thickening of tendon sheaths and
arthritic changes at the wrist can reduce the size of the tunnel causing
pressure on the nerve and therefore pain and discomfort.
About 3 out 100 Americans suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, with women outnumbering the men at a ratio of 3 to 1. More than 50% of those affected have it in both hands. It is one of the most common causes of partial disability and results in up to a month loss of work time. Internationally, western countries seem to have the same incidence and prevalence as the United States. This condition is extremely rare in developing third world countries.
There are a number of conventional treatments used such as immobilization of wrist by splints, corticosteroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, laser treatments and surgery.
Alternative therapies include chiropractics, botox injections, magnets, herbal remedies, acupressure, and acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) maintains that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a result of trauma leading to inflammation and stagnation of qi. Work stress which has been shown to be a factor in carpal tunnel syndrome further disrupts the natural flow of qi. Thus, stress leads to imbalance of qi, accumulating in one area while being depleted in another. Symptoms of pain and discomfort ensue. Acupuncture unblocks and stimulates the natural circulation of qi, eliminates stagnation, while relaxing the muscles and tendons, thereby alleviating the inflammation and pain and promoting healing.
Clinical studies have demonstrated that acupuncture reduces swelling of soft tissue or edema. Other research has indicated that acupuncture can stimulate the production of cortisol, a hormone responsible for reduction of inflammation and pain. Both edema and inflammation are thought to be the cause of the impingement of the median nerve in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, therefore utilizing acupuncture can help manage the disorder. In fact in 1997 the National Institute of Health issued a consensus statement declaring acupuncture a viable adjunct or part of a comprehensive program for managing carpal tunnel syndrome
Dr. Elisha expertly utilizes acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment program for carpal tunnel syndrome. The holistic approach includes a diet and exercise plan as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies. Let Dr Elisha alleviate your pain, promote a better sleep pattern, and help you relax and feel generally better..
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