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Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

What is Carpel Tunnel Syndrome? 

The bones and ligaments in the wrist form a pathway called the carpal tunnel. Here the median nerve, which controls movement and feeling in most of the hand, and the tendons that connect the arm and hand muscles pass from the forearm into the hand. The tunnel can be narrowed by swelling of ligaments or tendons, bone dislocation, bone spurs, fluid retention or atheroma. This narrowing may compress the median nerve, causing the pain, numbness, and weakness characteristic of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Symptoms of Carpel Tunnel Symptom.

Symptoms may develop gradually or suddenly, and they tend to be most painful at night (95% of patients with this condition report being awakened by pain). Symptoms may last for a few days and disappear without treatment or persist for months and require medical intervention.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually a stress injury induced by prolonged, repeated movements of the hands or fingers. Overuse of the hands on the job or during leisure activities can inflame the tendons or ligaments, causing them to swell and compress the median nerve.

What are some causes? 

Changes in hormonal balance during pregnancy, while taking birth control pills, or during menopause may also bring on or worsen carpal tunnel symptoms. Underlying disease (diabetes, hypothyrodism, Raynaud’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis) or trauma to the wrist may result in carpal tunnel syndrome as well. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs three times more often in women than it does in men and is particularly common in overweight women ages 30 to 60 who have been pregnant.

Recommended Supplementation For Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Vitamin B6 - Several studies have suggested that a vitamin B6 deficiency can make you susceptible to the numbness and pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. This vitamin is important in maintaining healthy nerve tissue, relieving inflammation, and improving circulation. It also may increase the brain's production of the nerve chemical GABA, which helps control pain sensations. If you don't notice any improvement after taking vitamin B6 for three weeks, switch to pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P), a form of the vitamin that the body eventually produces as it breaks down vitamin B6. Some people find this form works better for them.

Bromelain - A powerful anti-inflammatory enzyme found in pineapple, is very effective in treating the inflammation and any resulting pain. The combination of bromelain and vitamin B6 can work better than either supplement alone.

Tumeric - Curcumin from Turmeric is a potent antioxidant that offers numerous health benefits including supporting joint health and cardiovascular function and helping to maintain the body's normal inflammatory response.

Hypericum - A homeopathic product made from St John's Wort. It can assist the body's normal reaction to nerve injury. 

Arnica -  Has been used for the temporary relief of a deep-seated painful irritation. Helps stimulate peripheral blood supply, thereby promoting speedy repair of bruises, sprains and swellings. Arnica reduces inflammation and therefore soothes the pain. 

D-Flam - This unique formula contains holy basil, turmeric, ginger, green tea, boswellin, bromelain, Baical skullcap, resveratrol and berberine a superb blend of traditional and scientifically researched, immune regulating, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herbal extracts that act together to help modulate a wide variety of pre-inflammatory triggers and help reduce chronic inflammatory pain and tissue damage.

Further Recommendations

Take frequent breaks when performing any repetitive hand activity, such as typing, knitting, or playing an instrument. Stop at least once an hour to flex your fingers and shake your hands.

Apply ice to your wrists when pain strikes. Use a flexible ice pack-or even a bag of frozen peas-and put it on for 10 minutes every hour to ease the pain and reduce the inflammation.

Elevate your wrists with a pillow when you lie down.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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