Carpel tunnel syndrome is

the most common nerve

entrapment. 10% of the the

general population are at

lifetime risk of developing

symptoms

Authentic Acupuncture clinic, located in Balmain, in Sydney’s Inner West frequently treats problems associated with the wrist and hand using acupuncture, Chinese medicine, acupressure massage techniques and infra red heat therapy. Carpel tunnel syndrome can be a debilitating injury that may prevent day to day tasks that may lead to unwanted interventions such as surgery or cortisone injections. Whilst such interventions may prove successful for some, their is a risk of recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome after such procedures. Many clients come for treatment at Authentic Acupuncture clinic in Balmain as a way to avoid any unnecessary medical interventions or to assist recovery from carpal tunnel surgery.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms often develop gradually and may be first felt at night. Numbness and tingling are common in the thumb, index, middle and ring finger. When more severe. there can be aching in the wrist and sharp, burning and tingling with weakening in the thumb and three adjacent fingers. Further to this, muscle wasting may occur. The individual may find that shaking the hand may temporarily relieve symptoms.

What can you do?

It’s a good idea to cease any particular activities that caused the condition for e.g. cycling. Consider using a wrist splint with a hard underside with adhesive straps. Most chemists have such devices. It will help to prevent further inversion of the wrist. This will be particularly important at night where symptoms can be aggravated.

What interventions may the Doctor/Physiotherapist prescribe or suggest?

Initial interventions may include rest, ice application, compression and elevation strategies to relieve swelling and inflammation. Anti inflammatory medications may also be suggested along with splinting (as mentioned above). If these initial interventions are unsuccessful, you may be further referred to a neurologist for a nerve conduction test to confirm the carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis and or receive a cortisone injection.

If initial interventions are unsuccessful, surgery is often recommended. After surgery, it generally takes around 10 to 12 weeks, inclusive of rehabilitation exercises to have a full return of strength to the fingers and hands. In some cases, it may take up to a year.

How can Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help provide natural solutions to carpal tunnel syndrome?

Acupuncture is well known

for it’s effectiveness in the

treatment of pain and nerve

related problems.

At Authentic Acupuncture clinic, located in Balmain, we believe it’s important to not only relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, but also to address any underlying causative factors to prevent the problem from returning. For example, poor sleep and poor absorption of nutrition through digestive maladies may compound the bodies inability to deal with the inflammation site, in this case at the wrist.

According to our clinical experience, other examples that may impair the long term resolution of carpal tunnel syndrome include neck stiffness and pain, anxiety and menopausal changes. Through the meridian system, there are links between the aforementioned problems and the carpal tunnel area.

By simultaneously treating the whole body and any conditions that may further impede the carpal tunnel area in conjunction with relieving the symptoms of pain, tingling and numbness in the hand, wrist and fingers, we hope to achieve results more quickly and that last.

Using a combination of ancient acupuncture techniques, specialized acupressure and soft tissue manipulation in conjunction with infrared heat therapy and Chinese herbal medicine, Authentic Acupuncture in Balmain aims to provide you with a holistic natural approach to treating carpal tunnel syndrome with results that last.

If you’re looking for acupuncture near me or acupuncture with Brendan in Balmain, call us on (02) 9188 1580 or go to the home page on our website and fill out and inquiry form. We look forward to seeing you and helping you to take back control of your hands, health and happiness.

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