Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when there’s pressure anywhere along on the nerve pathways from your neck to your hand. The biggest myth about carpal tunnel is that “there is something wrong with my wrist.” More times than not, the source of the pain isn’t actually in your wrist.
In reality, often the problem comes from poor posture that creates muscle tension in the neck and shoulders. These tight and painful muscles cut off the circulation to the median nerve. The median nerve runs from the inside of your forearm and through a narrow passage (the carpal tunnel) into the wrist. This nerve brings sensation and movement to your hands and fingers.
As you can see, if this nerve is compressed anywhere along its path by muscle tension, inflammation, injury to the wrist, or arthritis, you will begin to notice symptoms. Unfortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome diagnoses are on the rise as we spend more and more time each day typing on our laptops. If your workstation is not ergonomically set up, the resulting inflammation in the median nerve can lead to pain.
Left untreated, these mild symptoms can worsen. In serious cases, you could experience severe pain and may even be unable to move your hand at all. Because of the nature of carpal tunnel, simply taking medications for pain doesn’t help the problem. Even if you relieve your pain, you might still feel numbness, tingling, or weakness from the nerve compression.
Before you get to that point, acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome can help. This is where a comprehensive pain management technique does more than just relieve pain. People get better and stay better, too.