Carpal tunnel occurs due to pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has many causes, from typing at a non-ergonomic angle to pregnancy. The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel include numbness, tingling, weakness, in the hand, and can progress to a point where your grip weakens, and performing tasks such as typing and using a stapler becomes very painful.
Time magazine recently ran an article detailing the study done by Massachusetts General Hospital on the effects of acupuncture on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In the study, one group was given real acupuncture and another group received “sham” electro-acupuncture, which used needles that didn’t penetrate the skin on fake acupuncture points. The group which received the real acupuncture showed measurable improvement in nerve conduction, significant brain remapping, and actual repair. They also have longer term benefits as well, and were more likely to report sustained or continued improvement in functionality—and in symptoms like pain, numbness, and tingling—than those who didn’t.
Just another reason to see what acupuncture can do for you!