Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition characterised by pain, tingling or numbness of the palm side of the thumb and first three fingers. The onset is usually gradual and symptoms are often first noticed at night. Symptoms can include pain, tingling, numbness, itching, loss of grip strength and a feeling that the fingers are swollen. Sometimes pain is also referred into the arm and shoulder. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by an increase in pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is a small opening amongst the many bones and tendons at the base of the hand through which the median nerve passes through. The onset of carpal tunnel syndrome is often associated with an overuse injury, pregnancy, arthritis or trauma such as a broken wrist. Sometimes however its cause is unknown.

Although pain may only be slight in the early stages of the condition you cannot continue as normal hoping that the pain will go away. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that must be treated otherwise permanent damage may result.

How to manage carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • Rest the affected hand and stop performing any actions that aggravate your condition.
  • Wear a wrist splint at night or more often if your symptoms are severe.
  • Take pain relief when required, particularly before going to bed as reducing your pain level will help you sleep.
  • Seek professional help.

Here at the Kenmore centre for health we have developed a unique approach to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. We use a combination of acupuncture, acupuncture point injection therapy, Chinese herbal medicine and specific nutritional supplements to stimulate the body’s own self healing mechanisms.

About Ian Murray

Ian is a registered acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner at Kenmore Centre for Health. This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such.
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