Is wrist pain keeping you from doing all that you’d like to, or what you used to?
It’s amazing how much we rely on our hands and wrists. Wrist issues are becoming very common in many workplaces and can grow into much bigger issues if left untreated. Acupuncture is very effective at treating chronic pain, such as arthritis, low back, neck or muscle pain, and pain after surgery, and is also very helpful with wrist issues, including tendonitis, arthritis, and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon or cord of fibrous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone. It is often accompanied by tenosynovitis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the tendon sheath. The symptoms of these conditions are pain and tenderness at or near a joint, especially upon movement of the joint; possible swelling over the area; and in some cases numbness and tingling. Stiffness, along with the pain can restrict movement of the joint involved.
Acupuncture can address the inflammatory effects, improving wrist motion and decreasing pain. In addition, acupuncture can be used to retrain muscle coordination, alleviating the initial cause of the inflammation.
Arthritis sufferers are also helped by acupuncture. Arthritis may develop at several possible sites in the hand. Acupuncture can help control the inflammation and pain. Many cases will benefit from treatment of the neck region as well, since the hand region receives neural input from the spinal cord in the neck.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common job-related injuries and is responsible for the highest number of days lost among all work related injuries. It is also the most frequent surgery of the hand and wrist. Many attribute the rise of CTS to poor computer ergonomics or uncomfortable body positioning for long hours. And for hairdressers, computer programmers, seamstresses, woodworkers, artists, and musicians and many more — this serious injury can mean the sidelining of a livelihood.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers, as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.
Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent tingling, burning, or numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb, index and middle fingers. The symptoms often first appear during the night. As symptoms worsen, people might feel pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, that radiates up the arm during the day. It can lead to decreased grip strength, which may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks. If not properly treated, CTS can cause irreversible nerve damage and permanent deterioration of muscle tissue. But drugs, shots or surgery may not be necessary.
Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective in clearing the causes to carpal tunnel symptoms. Acupuncture is safer than NSAIDs and cortisone shots, and it actually eliminates the pain source rather than temporarily masking symptoms.
Point sites chosen are located in the wrist, forearm, and the neck, upper back area. There is often quite a bit of tension in the muscles and tendons in these areas, and acupuncture releases this tension. The energy supply is restored which also improves the blood and fluid flow pathways to these soft tissue structures. Often the patient experiences immediate improvement. Acupuncture addresses any headaches, neck pain, shoulder stiffness and sleeping problems that often accompany this condition, as well as reducing the swelling, inflammation and pain in the wrist. High five!
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