Carpal tunnel syndrome or median neuropathy at the wrist, is a medical condition in which the median nerve paresthesia is damaged which can lead to numbness and pain in hand. It is compressed, leading to muscle weakness or inflammation of the carpal tunnel.
It is caused by the nerves trying to pass through the median nerve to finally reaching the wrist ligaments. This is a common complaint of drivers and of people indulging in generally repetitive activities such as typing which is associated with office work, Tension before the tunnel runs through the veins of the neck and arms, neck and shoulders etc. Carpal tunnel is a passageway that is a strong, broad transverse ligament that forms the bottom of the structure. This bond is a bridge that extends across the lower palm and wrist (carpals) bones that form an arch that connects to the bottom of the tunnel.
It can be caused because of diabetes, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, and heavy manual work, such as working with machinery and involving repetitive work and also for people who have factors predisposing them to this condition. Some of the Carpal tunnel syndrome risk factors are as follows –
Age: older people are at higher risk than the younger lot.
Sex: Women, especially at a time like pregnancy, delivery, menopause, etc.
Obesity and lack of fitness.
Workers are at very high risk, especially who work at Meat and fish packing industries and assemble planes. Hence, workers have the highest risk for CTS.
Computer users and typists. This includes repetitive task work that further aggravates CTS.
Musicians – Musicians who use instruments that call for repetitive finger work are at a greater risk of CTS
Smoking and alcohol: Cigarette smoking slows the flow of blood so that smokers have worse symptoms and slower recovery than do nonsmokers. Increased alcohol consumption in people with other risk factors has been associated with CTS.
Poor nutrition, etc.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Ayurvedic treatments are used widely for the condition of the wrist and help reduce swelling around the ankle and is aimed at influencing fibrous tissue inflammation. Panchakarma principle as diet and lifestyle, and herbal supplementation, detoxification therapy with improving the deteriorating balance are used in the treatment of Vata dosha. Abhyanga, which is an ayurvedic therapy in which a massage using herbal oils is given to help balance the doshas. Ayurvedic massage blends specially formulated and organic herbs, pure essential oils and base oils are mixed. They balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha help. Ayurvedic Oils, in particular, are selected for particular body constitution and greatly helps in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment.
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Ayurvedic treatment of these conditions reduces inflammation around the affected wrist and is aimed at fibrous tissue inflammation. Mahanarayana taila (herbal oil, is available in any store Ayurveda) apply. You can apply twice a day. After applying, for 3 minutes, the wrist movements should be gentle. After this, heat treatment is very good. You can use heat therapy by washing your wrist with hot water or try dipping the towel in hot water and with that towel wrap your wrist. You can also use Castor leaves or Moringa leaves in a cloth or take both. Tie the poultice and put the poultice on a pan, heat it and apply gently on the wrist. Another way would be to take a cloth with crystal salt, tying it in a pack and heating a pan and putting the cloth on it and thereafter applying gently on the wrist.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Ramchandra Konduskar
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd