Tired of Prolonged Wrist Pain? Give Acupuncture a Try!
Wrist and hand pain are a very common complaint among Americans today. Whether it is due in part to a rise in computer-oriented work environments, our addiction to smartphones or is the result of carpal tunnel syndrome or a more serious disease, there is no denying how prevalent wrist pain is reported to healthcare providers.
Where Does Acupuncture Come into Play?
Most people suffering from wrist pain will typically try what is deemed quick and easy first, to attempt relieving such unpleasant systems. This may include applying pain-relief ointment for instance or taking painkillers to alleviate the aches and pains. These solutions while potentially effective in the moment, only provide temporary relief and don’t fix the underlying issue, especially because the source of the pain could be from a variety of causes. The discomfort in your wrist could be stemming from an issue in your arm, forearm, elbow, upper arm, shoulder, etc. that you aren’t even aware you had.
Whatever might be causing you pain, it is important to get to the bottom of it by seeking professional and/or medical advice. Acupuncture is just one effective treatment to consider in treating your wrist pain that doesn’t involve painkillers. Best of all, it provides quick results and there are no awful side effects that are sometimes linked to medications.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to swelling in the wrist causing tightening around the median nerve, which leads to pain, numbness, or an abnormal sensation in the wrist. This swelling can take place from ongoing stress or overuse, arthritis, pregnancy, and other conditions. If you experience issues with making a fist or gripping an object, this could be an early indicator of carpal tunnel syndrome. Furthermore, you may have tingling in your hand that gets worse at night along with numbness and pain.
Acupuncture Can Improve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Acupuncture can provide successful treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome in those suffering from symptoms. Several independent studies have confirmed its effectiveness and in fact it can be a more successful alternative than standard care such as anti-inflammatory medication. Acupuncture should be considered if you’re looking to relieve pain and inflammation or to restore motor dexterity.
You could be experiencing wrist/hand/finger pain for any of these additional reasons:
- Acute injury or fracture
- Osteoarthritis gout or rheumatoid arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Overuse injury or inflammation
- Palmar fibromatosis, or Dupuytren’s contracture stenosing tenosynovitis, or trigger finger
- De Quervain’s Tendinitis
Exercises for Wrist Tendon Injuries
There are several stretches you may want to experiment with to relieve pain as well. These are easy, effective and can be performed anywhere. With that said, you should always check with a medical professional or your Acupuncturist prior to performing any of the below exercises, for safety purposes.
- Flexion: Gently bend your wrist forward. Hold this for approximately 5 seconds. Complete 2 sets of 15.
- Extension: Carefully bend your wrist backward. Hold this position 5 seconds. Do 2 sets of 15.
- Side to side: Gently move your wrist from side to side as though you are giving someone a handshake. Hold for 5 seconds in each direction. Do 2 sets of 15.
- Wrist stretch: Press the back of the hand on your injured side with your other hand to assist with bending your wrist. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Follow this up by stretching the hand back by pressing the fingers in a backward direction. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. It’s important to keep your injured arm straight throughout this exercise. Complete 3 sets.
- Wrist extension stretch: Stand at a table with your palms down and fingers flat, with your elbows straight. Lean forward with your body weight until you feel a stretch. Stay in this position for 15 seconds or so. Perform these 3 times.
- Wrist flexion stretch: Stand with the back of your hands on a table. Keep your palms facing upwards and fingers pointed towards your body, with elbows straight. Lean your weight away from the table. Stay in this p position for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
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November 27, 2019