Acupuncture treats carpal tunnel at its source by increasing blood circulation to the hand and wrist area including the median nerve. This is how acupuncture is able to reduce the swelling and inflammation that causes the pain, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms of carpal tunnel. Acupuncture also addresses any headaches, neck pain, shoulder stiffness and sleeping problems that may accompany this condition. If the condition is caused by arthritis, Chinese herbal medicine may be used along with the acupuncture to address the arthritis.
Most cases of wrist and arm pain that are diagnosed as carpal tunnel are caused by the inflammation and irritation of trigger points that are aggravated by repetitive strain on the arm and hand muscles. This can be from mouse & computer work, cell phone use & texting, sewing, or many other activities.
The good news is that acupuncture is extremely effective at treating carpal tunnel syndrome and other types of wrist and hand pain. It provides a real alternative to surgery, oral or injected corticosteroids, and anti-inflammatory drugs. Most patients who get acupuncture treatment for their carpal tunnel pain experience immediate pain relief, and with a series of visits, they can often avoid surgery. Acupuncture therapy for CTS has a very high success rate, and may be covered by your health insurance.