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Natural Options for Carpal Tunnel Treatment

 

Carpal tunnel is a painful condition of the hand and wrist, and it occurs whenever pressure is put on the median nerve in your wrist. Luckily, natural carpal tunnel treatment does exist, and you can try the following remedies:

Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration will only aggravate carpal tunnel.  Unfortunately, most Americans are slightly dehydrated on a daily basis because of their busy lifestyle, high usage of caffeine and the amount of stress that they are under. This will make your carpal tunnel worse because proper nutrition cannot be provided to your extremities under these conditions. For this reason, you will need to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.

Proper Nutrition

Nutrition is also very important. In fact, some doctors believe that carpal tunnel is caused by a lack of B6. Some studies have even shown that taking 100mg of B6 daily will help carpal tunnel sufferers feel better.

Vitamins and Herbs

It is recommended that anyone who is suffering from carpal tunnel take a high-quality multi-vitamin. This multivitamin should include vitamins A, C, E and D, plus calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc. Inflammation can also be reduced by taking Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil. Some of the herbs that are also beneficial here include Ginkgo (increases circulation), while bromelain, cat's claw, green tea, milk thistle and turmeric reduce other symptoms.

Use a Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace

There are specially designed braces that will immobilize your wrist and keep it in a neutral position. This will decrease the pressure on your wrist, thus making it feel more comfortable (which is why this is the most commonly used treatment).

Stretching

Flexing your hands, wrists and arms both before and during repetitive movements will also alleviate symptoms.

Acupuncture

According to the National Institutes of Health, this is actually one of the most promising, non-surgical treatments for carpal tunnel. It is believed that acupuncture can not only help to restore your normal nerve function, but it can also provide you with long-term pain relief. Acufinder can help you find a good acupuncturist.

Cortiscosteroid Injections

Studies have shown that receiving an injection of corticosteroid in your wrist may provide you with temporary relief from pain. Unfortunately, this steroid can cause damage to your nerves if it is overused or if it is used for a long period of time.  Nevertheless, this is still seen as an effective short-term treatment for the pain that carpal tunnel can cause.

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage therapy is also beneficial because it will remove any restrictions in your muscles or soft tissues. While massages can be uncomfortable when your muscles are tight, in the end your muscles will feel more relaxed and normal again.

If you think that you may have carpal tunnel, you should talk to your doctor.  Whenever this condition is caught early, carpal tunnel syndrome treatment can be very successful.

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