Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Most of us are familiar with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) also called "computer wrist". In his book The Natural Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,
Dr. Ray C. Wunderlich, Jr., details numerous causes of CTS other than
the repetitive motion cause that most of us know about. Dr. Wunderlich
states CTS should be viewed as a repair deficit, and that the body's
failure to repair the problem can be due to inadequate raw materials
needed for the repair such as Vitamin C, glucosamine, amino acids,
manganese, etc. He also tells us that stress can be a cause.
Stress leads to tight muscles, which are usually accompanied by a
relative lack of blood supply and an inordinate build-up of waste
products such as lactic acid. He also provides information on
pseudo-CTS which has its origin not in the wrist, but in the neck,
shoulder, or arm. Many people even have surgery for CTS but still
retain the symptoms because their problem was truly pseudo-CTS
and surgery was done prior to trying other methods which might have
better addressed the issue.
Dr. Wunderlich's book emphasizes
working with a conventional medical practitioner in order to properly
diagnose CTS; however he also cites a wide range of treatment options
that are non-surgical. These include:
- Workplace adjustments such as building in stretch breaks and
exercises, ergonomic verification and making sure vision is properly
- Physical fitness for both its conditioning and therapeutic power (but not until acute inflammation is successfully eliminated).
- Nutritional measures to insure that dietary deficiencies are not part of the cause.
- Glandular treatment which may be a contributor to the cause in some people.
- Physical and neuromuscular therapies including massage, application of hot and cold packs, and herbal poultices.
- Microcurrent electrical stimulation which can promote healing of nerves and calm inflammation.
- Acupuncture or acupressure.
He also suggests nutitional medicine be considered in lieu of the
anti-inflammatory drugs that most physicians recommend. While drugs
can suppress the inflammation that causes pain, many persons have
gastrointestinal side effects including chronic gastritis or ulcers and
these medications many also contain fillers, sugars and other contents
which add to the body's burden of foreign chemicals and can actually
impede tissue repair. Finally, he urges initial conservative, natural
therapies such as those defined above and suggests reserving surgery
only for those patients who fail to respond to natural therapies.
you or someone you know is struggling with CTS symptoms, please share
this information and suggest they consider some of the recommended
non-surgical alternatives we offer at RHWC. We're always pleased to
work together with the client's medical doctor to define a treatment