Hey, guys. Axe here, of Functional Medicine and founder of DrAxe . Today I’m going to share with you my top natural carpal tunnel treatments and ways to get rid of carpal tunnel in just 24 hours. Carpal tunnel is something that plagues a lot of people, and the problem is most of the treatments today are things like surgery, medications, or even bracing, and they are ineffective at best. So in this tutorial I’m going to share with you my top supplements and natural carpal tunnel treatments that you’re going to see results with very quickly. The first thing you’ve got to know is what causes carpal tunnel. Typically, carpal tunnel.
Is caused by poor posture, and it’s an overuse injury. So when you’re sitting at your desk, one of the first things you want to do is you want to rearrange what you’re doing on a daily basis. That overuse injury, a lot of times it’s caused from extending the wrist too much over time and keeping it in one position. Oftentimes raising up your desk, raising up your computer screen, and getting your body in a tight, comfortable position at the computer, that really is step number one. Then I want to talk about some other things you can do in terms of natural treatment. Now, if you’re going to see a physician about carpal tunnel, I would actually highly recommend.
A chiropractor. A chiropractor can actually work on adjusting the wrist bones and realigning that tunnel area and removing pressure and interference on that nerve. So that’s one of the natural treatments you may consider. One of the things you can do yourself in terms of treatment is traction out your wrist. Part of this is due to a compression injury, so, again, tractioning out your own wrist. You can also get a band and traction out your wrist or you just hold onto a weight and let it traction itself. Those are some great natural treatments for carpal tunnel. But to get rid of this very, very quickly, one of the first things you need to do is.
Start taking some good quality supplements. Now it’s been proven in medical research that vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are the most effective vitamins for helping out carpal tunnel. Really those support your nervous tissue and help it heal and regenerate. So again, I’d recommend a B Complex, a vitamin B6 or vitamin B12 supplement. The next supplement that is great for helping get relief from carpal tunnel is magnesium. Magnesium actually helps relax your blood vessels. It helps relax muscular tissue that can cause compression of nerves in that carpal area. So again, what I would do is start using a magnesium supplement, typically about 250 milligrams, two times daily.
The next thing you want to do is take natural antiinflammatory supplements like bromelain. Bromelain comes from the core of a pineapple. It’s a proteolytic or antiinflammatory enzyme that works very well. Also you can take that in combination with supplements like turmeric and boswellia as well as ginger, and that can also help relieve some of that pressure in the carpal area. Then, in terms of diet, you want to follow an antiinflammatory diet, a diet that’s very high in fruits, vegetables, and omega3 fatty acids like wildcaught fish or taking a fish oil supplement. But remember, organic fruits, vegetables, and omega3 fats should be the.
Basis of your diet if you’re trying to get carpal tunnel relief fast. Last but not least, one of the fastest topical treatments you can do to get carpal tunnel relief is using essential oils. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for healing conditions. Two essential oils are going to be the most effective, and those are wintergreen and cypress. Now, wintergreen has an analgesic affect, so it will actually cool the area of the inflammation, really relieve the pain. Cypress increases circulation, so cypress is great as well. If you want to add another oil to help repair the tissue, helichrysum oil is the best for that. But again, using a mixture of cypress and wintergreen,.
You typically will take about three or four drops and maybe a little bit of coconut oil and rub it on the area, and that’s a good natural, topical treatment that can get into that area and give you relief as well. So again, if you’ve got carpal tunnel, I guarantee if you follow those steps of, number one, doing some tractioning out of your wrist, number two following an antiinflammatory diet, number three taking some of the supplements I talked about, like the B Complex supplement, a good quality fish oil, magnesium, antiinflammatory herbs like bromelain, and then doing the natural treatment of essential oils of wintergreen and cypress, you are going to see great results.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Part 2 Symptoms Evaluation
There are a few known things that can directly cause carpal tunnel syndrome, such as fractures, injuries to the wrist, anything that can cause increased pressure on the median nerve. Other things that can be associated with it, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid, any type of inflammation in the tendons.
That also pass through the carpal canal, along with the median nerve. This here is a diagram of the hand with the skin stripped away so we can see the structures underneath. The structure in yellow here is the median nerve which is the nerve affected.
By carpal tunnel syndrome. The muscle here is the muscle to the thumb. And that’s also innervated by the median nerve. There’s a bridge here of tissue called the carpal ligament or transverse carpal ligament which is the culprit of carpal tunnel syndrome. And there’s also other structures,.
Such as tendons, that pass through this. We’ll give you a better look of the carpal tunnel if we take a transverse section of this and look at it in a transverse cut. Here’s the back of the hand. Here’s the palm of the hand, so palm is facing down. Here is the carpal bones.
Aligned in a row that make or form a Cshaped column. And that Cshaped column is then bridged by the transverse carpal ligament. That forms a ring or a tunnel or a canal known as the carpal tunnel or carpal canal. There’s nine tendons that pass through there along with a nerve, and that’s the median nerve.
The relevant surgery here is cutting this transverse carpal ligament to allow this opening here to become greater once the surgery is performed. In terms of activity that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, things that in terms of job, repetitive type of work, particularly more manual labor,.
Heavy working, repetitive, and particularly vibrational tools, jackhammers, power instruments, those types of things can directly cause or exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome. There has been some link to other, less active, but repetitive activities such as typing and things like that. Most often the symptoms from carpal tunnel.