Carpal tunnel syndrome
Updated: Sep 23
Carpal tunnel syndrome has numerous causes. The most common reason is working long hours on a repetitive job, such as typing, grabbing, and cutting. The symptoms characterize hand numbness, pain, and weakness. Fortunately, for most people with this problem, proper treatment can usually relieve the symptoms and restore normal function of their wrists and hands.
The following non-surgical methods can help carpal tunnel to relieve pain, promote healing, and avoid new injury. Many of our patients have had great results.
Cold and heat, which one works best for Carpal tunnel syndrome?
For acute hand pain, start only with cold as soon as possible for the first three days by applying ice or a cold pack to the pain spots (10 to 15 minutes every hour). Cold helps limit acute inflammation, reduces swelling, and relieves pain.
For chronic hand pain, apply Heat 20 minutes at a time to increase circulation and speed healing. Moist heat (hot packs, baths, and showers) works better than dry heat. Our clinical experience shows Paraffin Spa is beneficial.
Some people find comfort in alternating between heat (30 min) and ice packs (5-10min).
Chinese herbal bag (2 in 1) has both cold and heat functions in one bag. This herbal bag is unique with multi-healing properties. Use the herbal bag cold to help limit swelling and reduce pain and use the herbal bag heated to increase blood circulation and speed healing.
Chuan Qiong bags: help ease the hand pain or numbness. Our clinic experience shows that some patients stop taking their pain medicine after using this herbal bag. Place the Chuan Qiong bag on the wrist, hold it in place until the pain is gone.
Relax Hand: to avoid injuries from repetitive flexing and extending of the tendons in the carpal tunnel for prolonged periods; it is necessary to have short breaks and relax your hands and wrists.
Shake hands: This hand exercise can effectively relax the tendons, improve circulation, reduce inflammation, ease pain and numbness and increase the grip strength in the hands and wrists. Shake or wave hands with up & down movements with a gentle pace and low impact. You should do this 10 to 20 seconds every 15 minutes when you use your hands with repetitive flexing and extending motion.
Acupuncture relaxes muscles, tendons, and joints, improves circulation, reduces inflammation, and relieves pain.
Pings meridian massage is Dr.Lu’s unique technique to clean up the body’s traffic jam and make Qi flow as a river flows. It is an excellent hands-on therapy to help loosen overworked, sore, and tight tendons, promote healing and help relieve symptoms. Acupuncture focuses on deep, specific acupuncture points, and the message reaches a much wider surface area; therefore, if both techniques combine, the results are more effective. Most of our patients with carpal tunnel have a positive response from treatment.
Herbs: help maintain acupuncture results, improve circulation, reduce inflammation and subside pain such as Ginger, Boswellia, and Tart cherry.
Calcium is a natural pain killer, muscle relaxer, and sub-anti-inflammatory. Our clinical experience has shown that Calcium helps relieve body aches, muscle spasms, and menstrual cramps. Menopausal women especially need calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis. It also benefits arthritis patients that have carpal tunnel syndrome. Take Calcium 500-600mg with Vitamin-D 400IU twice a day, best taken with food.
Glucosamine, Hyaluronic Acid, and Hyaluronic acid improve chronic inflammation, pain, and stiffness.
Vitamin B-6 & B-12 help nerve function and relieve symptoms.
Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis to keep healthy cartilage, tendons, joints, blood vessels, gums, teeth, and immune systems.