For millions of people around the world, even the simple act of brushing the teeth can be excruciatingly painful with carpal tunnel syndrome. And for those with this condition, the thought of bearing it everyday can get somewhat depressing to think about. A person with carpal tunnel syndrome has a median nerve that travels down the arm inflamed and irritated due to constant pressure. The condition causes numbing, weak and painful sensations on the index finger and thumb.
Popular belief blames repetitive certain types of activities or work of wrist, hand and arm as the cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Well, actually no one really knows what causes carpal tunnel syndrome although the aforementioned activities can increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome much like cigarette smoking can raise the risk of lung cancer in a person. Thyroid disorders, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis can increase the risk of median nerve inflammation and wrist fractures or alcoholism can also abet the likelihood of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Usually, wrist brace can be used to treat mild carpal tunnel syndrome and sometimes, the condition just goes away by itself. However, if the carpal tunnel syndrome will not go away and if you leave it untreated for a long time, your median nerves and other affected nerves might sustain permanent damage. Consulting with your physician is very important in dealing with this painful condition. Sometimes the doctor may recommend surgery for an extremely painful carpal tunnel syndrome to relieve the pressure on the nerve.
The saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is very true for carpal tunnel syndrome. Taking steps to prevent this condition from occurring is the best way to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome. If that is not possible, then taking measures to relieve or treat the symptoms as soon as they arise is a very effective way to manage this condition.
Another treatment is vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 works but its takes up to three months to feel a change in the condition. One other much better treatment is laser acupuncture Miami. This treatment uses a laser beam concentrated onto points in the body called acupuncture points, particularly on the hand and arm. This treatment is quite effective that chronic CTS patients felt substantial improvement of their condition after three years of enduring the pain. Instead of surgery, laser acupuncture can give you relief from the pain of CTS without undergoing painful and invasive procedures.
The best way to protect your arms, wrists and hands from CTS is not to over strain them with repetitive and continuous work activities. And if the onset of CTS pain is felt, you should immediately consult your doctor to prevent this condition from worsening.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has an integral component in acupuncture New York , a healing procedure crafted over 2500 years ago in China and practiced widely even now there and in parts of Southeast Asia. Western society sees acupuncture as mostly pain treatment ironically using needles in ultra thin form inserted at points in the body called acupoints. Because of the integral metaphysical aspect of acupuncture, Western science has dismissed this unique modality because they have tried to study and understand it in vain. However, Western science cannot explain away why and how acupuncture truly works especially in addressing extreme emotions such as depression.
Acupuncture treatment bases its knowledge in knowing and understanding acupoints and meridians that travel underneath these acupoints, which are energy vessels where life giving energy called chi travels to energize and nourish the whole body with this life-giving and life-sustaining energy. TCM states that chi needs to flow without any obstruction whatsoever and at the same time the forces of chi, yin and yang, need to be in harmonic balance to maintain health and well-being to the body. In the treatment of depression, the needles are often inserted on the right side of the body to rectify chi flow and treat depression.
Women are the most prone to depression. A Tucson research grouped women suffering from mild depression into three. One group was given the right acupuncture treatment for depression. The other group used a certain kind of acupuncture treatment intended to treat different kinds of conditions but not depression and the third group; the control group was merely placed on a waiting list.
The groups that were given acupuncture had differing results. The group given the right treatment experienced satisfactory improvement in their emotional and physiological conditions while the second group had minimal beneficial effects to show. The third group never had a change of condition; they were still suffering from mild depression.
One specific company, the Cochrane Group, which works on compiling empirical evidence of the effects of acupuncture, studied the researches done regarding the potency of acupuncture in treating depression and have concluded their studies by saying that the successful results proved inadequate for their criteria for success and rejected the success claims for acupuncture in treating depression. It is interesting to note that some studies done by this group are sponsored by certain transational pharmaceutical companies who view acupuncture as a potential rival treatment alternative for their products.
Whatever the case, it is hard to ignore testimonies and proofs, not merely anecdotal evidence from patients who have been completely treated of their depression with acupuncture and with a 2500+ successful track record, the onus of proof of the effectiveness of their products lies with the pharmaceutical companies rather than with acupuncture.
When a person has a headache, he/she normally would seek out medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However, there are natural therapies that treat headaches in a safe way with no side effects.
One of these natural safe therapies is acupuncture Orlando, an ancient Chinese therapy long used by headache sufferers and known for its effectiveness in addressing headache pain. Folks suffering from chronic headaches certainly deal with pain every moment of their lives which greatly affects their daily living. Sadly, conventional methods of treatment are not enough to take care of this problem in a satisfactory and effective way. Prescription or over-the-counter painkillers and analgesics merely give transitory relief and constant use of these drugs will soon cause the body to build up resistance to them. Furthermore, the body can experience a type of headache called ‘rebound headache’ that is impervious to these medications. As the potency of the drugs tapers off due to constant use, people who suffer from chronic headaches are forced to seek other more effective natural remedies for their problem. Acupuncture is one very good alternative treatment for chronic headache.
People who have heard about acupuncture usually have thoughts about needles being pricked all over the body and this cause them to hesitate trying it. However, the needles used are very thin and non-hollow. Under the hands of licensed and well-trained acupuncturist the insertion of needles in the body should not elicit any painful sensations or at least may elicit a slight, tingling sensation. Depending on the condition of the patient, the needles are stuck at specific points in the body.
Researches done in Germany have shown that acupuncture therapy is as good if not better than pain medications in treating headaches. The studies involved acupuncture use to remedy both tension headaches and migraines, which are the most common types of headache. Patients who have tried acupuncture compared this treatment to their previous medications and said that the effects of the former surpass the potency of drugs to heal headaches. They added that they have not felt any side effects with acupuncture unlike the significant side effects they experienced from the drugs they took to ease their headache. Although the consensus as to the beneficial claims of acupuncture is not fully established, the claim from thousands of patients who have felt the positive effect of acupuncture in addressing their chronic headache have obviously shown that acupuncture for chronic headache treatment does truly work.
The gateway theory is one theory accepted by medical researchers that states that acupuncture controls pain by retarding the function of the nerves that transmit pain signals to the body. This theory means that acupuncture needles have the ability to control specific body functions that aid in addressing certain types of health conditions.
Acupuncture Bellingham is probably the most popular form of medical treatment in the world today and is widely accepted in Europe and the United States. This achievement is noteworthy since acupuncture’s metaphysical and Chinese origins are not usually easily accepted by so-called Western science. Applying acupuncture for losing weight became relatively known in the US when in 2003 CNN televised acupuncture clinics in China using acupuncture to treat weight problems of their patients.
Hardly anyone in China had serious obesity problems before China became the hub of US and European mass manufacturing. This spurred economic growth and international bankers and businessman forced China to open its doors to the toxic and badly nourished standard Western diet choices (aka fast and junk foods). This type of Western Diet involves eating processed foods laden with toxic preservatives and too much sugar and fat. Physicians, nutritionists and dietitians recommend eating vegetables and fruits that are steamed or raw, not processed, canned or overcooked, the latter seen in fast or junk foods offer. These are the kinds of foods corporate America offers its citizens and the world; a ploy for the world to get sick and thus spend on medications and drugs manufactured by another corporate entity, the pharmaceutical industry.
Acupuncturists in China now deal with the burgeoning problem of obesity in their country and have also included in their treatment recommendations for lifestyle and dietary changes. Traditional Chinese medicine believes obesity is due to an imbalance in the digestive system. Acupuncture is then needed to restore the balance in the digestive system and guide the person back to a healthy normal weight.
The basic truth to weight loss is that if you burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. Hence the only way to lose weight is to eat less or burn more calories or both. People who have lost weight through acupuncture techniques enjoy an efficient digestive function and have great control of their appetite. These factors can naturally allow you to lose weight since efficient digestion results in efficient absorption of nutrients; this sates the body with just minimal food intake and negates the need for more food consumption.
During acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist will insert filiform, sterilized stainless steel needles to the ear and other parts of the body. Sometimes the needles are attached to an electrical gadget or laser which sends mild energy pulses to the body facilitating and optimizing the effect of the treatment. The needles are left in the body for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Patients report that acupuncture has greatly suppressed their food cravings and has also effectively reduced stress in their lives. Stress can play a major role in overeating as people tend to find comfort in eating certain foods during stressful times, thus the term “comfort foods.”