Carpal tunnel syndrome is “a feeling of numbness, tingling, or pain in the hand because of a squeezed nerve at the wrist.” It is incredibly painful, and often hard to treat. Many people with desk jobs that involve repetitive wrist actions will face carpel tunnel. Often it makes work and daily life more difficult.
Luckily, there is strong evidence for a very effective, non-invasive, drug-free treatment.
This treatment is something you have likely heard about, but may not have known could relieve pain and numbness in the wrist and arm associated with carpal tunnel. It is acupuncture.
That’s right, this form of ancient Chinese medicine can greatly help alleviate your carpal tunnel pain. Read on to learn more.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional form of eastern medicine that relies on the idea of resetting your bodily energy, or qi (chee). A knowledgeable practitioner inserts small needs into the acupoints and then leaves them there for 10-20 minutes before removing. The treatment is quite painless, often deeply relaxing the patient. The many benefits of acupuncture have been known for quite some time.
Acupuncture is used as a complementary treatment to aid in a wide variety of ailments. People find success using acupuncture to treat chronic pain, sports injuries, and even mental health issues. Recently, researchers have discovered that acupuncture is also effective for carpal tunnel.
Acupuncture and Carpal tunnel
A recent study by Vitaly Napadow, Ph.D., director for the Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging spearheaded the recent research paper about acupuncture and carpal tunnel. The study compared sham acupuncture (placebo) with electroacupuncture at the wrist and acupuncture on the ankle opposite of the wrist with carpal tunnel.
While all three groups reported some pain relief, the groups that received real acupuncture demonstrated physiological changes. The acupuncture actually changed mapping in the brain. The group that received acupuncture on their wrists exhibited more benefits than those that got it on their ankles.
Along with other studies, this recent study demonstrated that acupuncture is effective for treating carpal tunnel syndrome on a deep, neurological basis. If you struggle with carpal tunnel or other chronic pain, give acupuncture a try. Acupuncture is minimally invasive and very low risk, making it an excellent solution. For the best acupuncture treatments on Long Island New York, look no further than Integrative Family Acupuncture & Massage in Smithtown. Our dedicated team will help you relieve your carpal tunnel syndrome with a personalized acupuncture plan. Learn more about our acupuncture services or schedule your appointment in Suffolk county HERE.