The carpal tunnel is a tunnel-like hole formed at the center of the wrist by the eight short wrist (carpal) bones and one horizontal ligament. Through this tunnel passes the median nerve as well as the tendons that move the fingers and thumb.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can have an insidious onset with repetitive motion. It can feel like pins and needles, numbness, tingling or sharp electrical jolts. It's all uncomfortable but it is treatable with acupuncture. Acupuncture treatment focuses on the smooth flow of qi and blood through the carpal tunnel which in turn can eliminate inflammation.
I will quite possibly address the neck of the patient as well since the median nerve originates in the cervical spine and is part of a network of nerves called the brachial plexus. Learn more about the brachial plexus and the neck by reading my previous blog entries dated January 13 or January 28. I require my patients to do some very simple yoga exercises that will take no longer than ten minutes a day. If you have a brace for the wrist(s), wear it as much as possible. The amount of sessions needed is typically relative to how long you have had carpal tunnel syndrome.