Acupuncture For Wrist & Carpal Tunnel Pain
Right now, more than 8 million people living in America are affected specifically by carpal tunnel, otherwise known as the irritation and swelling of the muscles and ligaments in the wrist and forearm.
Our wrists are tiny, dainty parts of our bodies, tasked with basically supporting, moving, and protecting our hands. Since our hands are arguably one of the most important parts of our bodies, our wrists serve a pretty important function, which is why they can get irritated, sore, and stiff overtime. Especially with the changing nature of the workforce requiring constant typing and texting on our phones, carpal tunnel and other ligament irritation disorders are on the rise among the young and old population.
So what can you do to alleviate this pain without contributing to the swelling or irritation any further? You can consider an alternative and holistic approach to restored comfort and health in the wrist region thanks to wrist acupuncture.
Acupuncture for the wrist is an effective treatment modality for patients with wrist problems, arthritis, and carpal tunnel. Countless studies have confirmed that acupuncture, known as the strategic placement of needles to open up energy pathways while restoring blood flow to the region, is more effective than usual care, including anti-inflammatory medications.
What can wrist acupuncture do for my wrists and forearms?
Simply stated, acupuncture can alleviate pain, inflammation, numbness, and restore motor dexterity to the affected region. In different instances of wrist acupuncture administration on patients, it was proven to open median nerve sensory latency, improve nerve conduction velocity, improve sensory amplitude, improve motor latency, and improve motor amplitude. What that means is that following acupuncture treatment, your wrist will move with flexibility, sans pain, able to respond to motor and physical triggers faster than before.
How do I know if I have carpal tunnel?
Carpal tunnel is a canal connecting the forearm and the hand. This pain can be described as a numbness due to compression of the median nerve that travels through the canal. If you find an irritation anytime you time, hold your phone, write with a pen or pencil, or do anything generally with your hands, chances are, you have carpal tunnel. Acupuncture directly targets the median nerve and works to alleviate pain through the opening of the pain and pressure points. Since surgery and other invasive treatments can actually increase the pain and swelling, acupuncture is a non-invasive alternative that can be used in this specific instance.
Will acupuncture preserve freedom of movement in my wrist and forearm region?
Acupuncture, through median nerve compression, reduces edema and accelerates axonal regeneration, known as the threadlike part of the nerve cell carrying impulses. Additionally, acupuncture will stimulate blood flow in the region through the opening of the meridian energy paths, which will help swelling go down while the body works to repair the region and the irritated tendons. While blood is flowing more readily to the area, pressure is relieved, regeneration is restored, and tension is reduced for an overall pain alleviation that is much needed.
Has there been studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture for wrist pain?
There sure have! In one monumental study published by the New York Times, 800 people were randomized and provided with 3 different treatments. The group that received true acupuncture showed measureable physiological improvements in pain centers in the brain and nerves, while those in the sham group did not.
Is acupuncture safe for wrist pain?
Acupuncture is a non-invasive and holistic practice that comes with far fewer side effects than surgeries and medications. As the New York Times stated, “Acupuncture is a safe, low-risk, low side-effect intervention. It’s perfect for a first-line approach, and it’s something patients should consider before trying more invasive procedures like surgery.”
In an area like the wrist that is incredibly delicate and fragile, surgeries and other forms of invasive treatment can actually do more harm than good, further disturbing the tissue and ligaments as a result of the surgery. Therefore, the wrist for further damage or failure to alleviate the pain is much greater than an alternative non-invasive solution like acupuncture.
How frequently do I need to receive acupuncture for it to work?
It’s important to understand every single person is unique and different. Therefore, what works for one person might not work for you. Generally, one to two trips to the acupuncturist per week is what is required for a 1-2-month period before any results or assessments can be made. At that point, the patient confers with the doctor about an additional schedule to continue working on the wrist pain at hand. It’s an easy procedure that takes no longer than 20-30 minutes each session.
Can I go back to work after receiving acupuncture treatment for my wrist pain?
Yes. Acupuncture requires zero sedatives or drugs to be effective. Therefore, you can drop by for an appointment, receive your acupuncture, and return back to your day as normal. That is what makes it so holistic and supportive to helping you to not only alleviate the pain, but to return back to normalcy once it is completed. There are no dangerous drugs, casts, or follow-up medications that are required.
How do I know if acupuncture is right for me and my wrist pain?
Whether you are suffering from debilitating carpal tunnel, arthritis, or even an acute wrist injury, acupuncture is one of the most effective and safest forms of treatment for an area as delicate and specially balanced as the wrist and forearm. Due to its non-invasive nature, acupuncture is safe for everyone with every kind of medical history, age, weight, and background. It is a no-risk alternative that is certainly worth considering.
If you want to know more about wrist acupuncture, or work out a treatment schedule that is right for you, please do not hesitate to give us a call.