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  • Writer's pictureMarieke Pieterman, L.Ac.

Does it hurt to type on your keyboard? Acupuncture can help you!

By Marieke A. Pieterman

Do you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? Acupuncture can help!

Are you finding it unbearable to be constantly typing on your keyboard for 10-12 hours a day?

In today’s fast-paced digital world, it seems like we cannot escape it. If you are experiencing pain, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). With no chance of slowing down, have you ever considered incorporating acupuncture into your daily life? It could help manage your pain.

What you are experiencing with CTS is neuropathy in your wrist and into your hands due to the compression of the median nerve. This can cause extreme pain, numbness, tingling, and the inability to use your wrist, hand and fingers. If your symptoms are not addressed, this can further develop into weakness and atrophy of the hand muscles that are innervated by the median nerve over time. Carpal tunnel syndrome is more commonly diagnosed in women, and the most obvious culprit is due to overuse. However, CTS is also correlated with clients presenting with other conditions such as diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, and even pregnancy.

I recently came across a research study that specifically studied the morphology (or structure) of the median nerve. Both the acupuncture and control group had participants who had suffered from CTS for at least a year and a half. The course of treatment in this research study included treatments two to three days per week for four weeks, totaling 10 sessions.

In addition, both the acupuncture and the control group wore a night split for four weeks. Results were measured by musculoskeletal ultrasound, which provided the best cross-sectional view of the wrist and the median nerve. Before and after each acupuncture treatment, the level of pain severity, hand function, and musculoskeletal ultrasound measurements were taken.

In conclusion, acupuncture was shown to significantly reduce or eliminate CTS symptoms, as well as being able to reduce the cross-sectional area at the wrist and improve both sensory and motor nerve responses.

What do you think? Are you willing to check it out for yourself?

Acupuncture Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief Confirmed



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