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What is Carpal Tunnel?

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that affects the hand and wrist, causing pain, numbness, and tingling in the fingers and thumb. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel—a narrow passageway in the wrist—is compressed or squeezed. This compression can be caused by a variety of factors, including repetitive hand movements, wrist injury, certain medical conditions, and anatomical factors.

Carpal tunnel syndrome often develops gradually and may initially be characterized by intermittent symptoms. Over time, however, the symptoms can worsen and become more persistent. The condition can significantly impact daily activities, such as typing, writing, gripping objects, and performing fine motor tasks. It is more commonly observed in individuals who engage in repetitive hand movements, such as office workers, assembly line workers, musicians, and athletes.

The main symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome is the presence of pain, tingling, and numbness that typically affects the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. These sensations may extend up the arm and can be more pronounced at night or during activities that involve gripping or flexing the wrist. Other symptoms may include weakness in the hand, difficulty gripping objects, and a sensation of swelling or inflammation in the fingers, even though no visible swelling is present.

ACUPUNCTURE FOR carpal tunnel

Acupuncture can be an effective complementary treatment for managing carpal tunnel syndrome and alleviating its associated symptoms. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to reduce pain, promote blood circulation, and enhance the overall functioning of the affected hand and wrist. Benefits of acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome include:

Acupuncture has been shown to effectively alleviate pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, providing natural and drug-free pain management.

Acupuncture can help reduce the compression on the median nerve and promote the restoration of proper nerve function in the affected area.

Acupuncture sessions can help reduce inflammation in the wrist and hand, which can contribute to the relief of symptoms.

Acupuncture stimulates blood flow to the affected area, promoting the delivery of oxygen and nutrients, and supporting the healing process.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and tension, which can contribute to the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.