Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) affects the hand and wrist. The typical symptoms are tingling of the thumb, and of the index, middle, and ring fingers. People with a more advanced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome experience numbness and loss of manual dexterity. When you drop things or are unable to perform motions with the affected hand such as turning the doorknob, you may have the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This condition makes performing daily tasks or work tasks difficult.
Causes include repetitive hand motions, such as typing, and strong gripping and vibration. Many people are at risk of developing this condition due to the nature of their work. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)is a good source of information about this condition and has been used as a source of information for this article.
According to the CCOHS, some “diseases and situations increase the volume of the contents of the carpal tunnel, resulting in compression of the median nerve. Also some individual factors, such as the size and shape of the wrist and the shape of the median nerve, may contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.” These include arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, wrist fractures or cysts, pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives and menopause.
Treatment – Western Medicine
The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated by rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, cold packs or a splint.This condition can be prevented by proper/ergonomic design or adjustment of workstations, work environment, tools, objects, etc.
Treatment – Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine has an effective way of treating the Carpal Tunnel Syndromevia acupuncture. We diagnose the cause of the pain by checking the tongue and pulse. The arm has six energy channels flowing through it, whose condition impacts the circulation and function of the shoulder, arm and hand. If any of these channels is blocked, it blocks the circulation in the area and can cause the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
We recommend that the patient with this conditioncomes once or twice a week for acupuncture treatment. We insert needles in the points in the wrist area for about 30 minutes. For treatment to be most effective, the patient needs to feel pressure and a bit of a sore sensation, which we call “Got Chi” in Traditional Chinese Medicine.