Acupuncture for Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Encino
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be very effective for treating carpal tunnel syndrome.Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, numbness and tingling in the fingers/hands, the thumb, index, middle or ring fingers. Loss of sensation in the fingers and weakness in the hands can also occur.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by improper positioning of the hands and fingers for long or repetitive amounts of time. The median nerve becomes compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel. Obesity, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, arthritis and diabetes can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
Using acupuncture, needles are inserted to key points on the body, typically the wrist, arm, thumb and hands, upper back, neck and leg for treating carpal tunnel syndrome, to release blocked pathways and allow energy to flow freely again. Acupuncture releases endorphin-like chemicals into the body, promoting circulation, which is a common factor in alleviating pain, and helping to align the nervous system.
Treatment or pain management for carpal tunnel syndrome through acupuncture at our Encino office can vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of each case, and duration.
Acupressure is alternatively recommended for those who want to opt out of needles. Instead machine or hand pressure is applied to the appropriate points to encourage blood flow to the wrists and hands in order to reduce inflammation.