Some people have gotten carpal tunnel pain relief with carpal tunnel acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture involves inserting long, extremely thin needles into specific points along the body to prevent and treat different conditions.
Acupuncturists believe that energy called qi (pronounced chee) circulates through the body and that pain or illness results when this energy is blocked from traveling along specific pathways called meridians.
In contrast, the more traditional or western medicine explanation of acupuncture is done through neuroscience concepts. In that during acupuncture, the body releases natural pain control chemicals called endorphins, which may give carpal tunnel relief.
Also, acupuncture may stimulate the nerves in the spinal cord to release pain suppressing neurotransmitters. And lastly, acupuncture needles may increase blood flow in the area around the needle. The increased blood flow may supply additional nutrients or remove toxic substances, thus promoting healing, which could give carpal tunnel pain relief.
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture states that acupuncture is useful as a primary therapy for both acute and chronic muscoskeletal pain problems, including muscle spasms, and repetitive strain disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
The World health organization recommends acupuncture for disorders such as tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain and more.
In general, like other alternative methods, it has been difficult to conduct valid carpal tunnel acupuncture studies.
However, some studies have indicated that acupuncture may offer symptomatic carpal tunnel pain relief for CTS. In a 2006 Mayo clinic study, acupuncture significantly improved symptoms of fibromyalgia.
So I tell people to go ahead and try it if they want, keep in mind though that work comp will not pay for it like traditional treatments.