It is a condition that arises due to the pressure on the median nerve within the carpal tunnel narrow passage formed by the bones of the wrist and flexor retinaculum (transverse carpal ligament).
Carpal tunnel is the area in the wrist where the nerve enters the hand which is a very narrow passage. So, any swelling or thickening from irritated tendons narrows the tunnel and makes the median nerve to be compressed causing numbness, pain, tingling sensation, and weakness. Usually, it affects the area supplied by the median nerve i.e palm, thumb, index finger, and half of the ring finger.
Risk group getting CTS
Women are more affected than men because the tunnel is smaller in women than men.
More common in people who perform repetitive motions of hand and wrist like typing, sewing, driving, painting, playing certain musical instruments.
Other medical causes include arthritis of the wrist, bone fractures, diabetes, hypothyroidism, infections, rheumatoid arthritis.
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Pain and numbness often appear in one or both hands during the night, due to flexed position of the wrist during sleeping.
Decreased strength to grip makes it difficult to hold small objects to form a fist.
In chronic conditions and untreated cases wasting of thenar muscles, loss of sensation also observed.
In modern medicine, it’s a surgical case.
Ayurvedic approach to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
It is aimed at reducing inflammation and swelling in the affected fibrous tissue surrounding the wrist.
The main principle is to
1. Balance the vitiated Vata dosha by diet
2. Change in lifestyle
3. External therapies like lepanam (application of herbal paste on the affected area)
4. Pichu (keeping cotton soaked in warm oil)
5. Dhara(pouring of warm medicated oil)
6. Bandanam (bandaging the affected area with medicated oil.
7. Internal medicines appropriate to dosha
8. Detoxification therapies like panchakarmas
Stretching exercises like Rubberband Finger stretches
This is a strengthening exercise. Place an elastic around your fingers. Move your finger away from your thumb making the band tight. Allow to stay in place, expand and contract the band repeatedly.
A combination of all these therapies and exercises under the supervision of an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner will help you to get rid of this difficult condition without surgical intervention.