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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Health & Wellness Blog on altMD.com: Alternative Options to Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Helge: This blog discusses alternatives to surgery. What is your opinion, Viejo?

Health & Wellness Blog on altMD.com: Alternative Options to Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: "Alternative Options to Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) affects millions of Americans who experience its debilitating effects often times due to repetitive motion.

Helge: Affecting millions of Americans...

Massage therapists and writers or typists are some of the common occupations where this condition is prevalent. The carpal tunnel contains blood vessels, tendons and a large nerve on the inner side of the wrist.

Helge: Massage therapists and writers...I really need to take care of myself.

People in occupations that employ repetitive use of those wrist muscles often experience a tightening and restriction of circulation after many years. This results in the loss of muscle memory which prevents the muscle (usually in the hands and fingers) from resting in its full length position. Inflammation, swelling, pain and entrapment of the nerves then ensue.

Other painful symptoms can include tingling and numbness combined with a burning sensation or stiff and weak hands and fingers. While surgery is often the conventional treatment recommended by Western medicine, a recent study showed that naturopathic doctors report great success rates at reversing CTS through proper diet and nutritional therapy.

Alternative medicine guru, Dr. Andrew Weil recommends B-6 or pyridoxine supplements two or three times daily. He explains that B-6, when taken in this dosage works as a natural healing therapy for nerve compression damage."

Helge: Alternatives??
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