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cupping therapy and carpal tunnel

Traditional Remedy Found to Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

“Cupping therapy” may help CTS; stretches can prevent it.

By Emily Main

tags: ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE



Traditional Remedy Found to Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A study suggests that cupping therapy can alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Gwyneth Paltrow attracted attention a few years ago when she attended an awards show with strange red welts on her back. It turned out she’d just undergone cupping therapy, a traditional Chinese treatment that uses glass jars placed on the skin. A new study published in the Journal of Pain finds evidence that it’s useful in alleviating the tingling and numbness associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

THE DETAILS: Researchers assigned 52 patients diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome—finger and wrist pain that occurs when pressure is placed on a nerve protected by the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway in your wrist—to one of two groups. The first group received cupping therapy, in which glass jars are placed over a section of punctured skin and air pumps placed at the opposite ends of the jars remove air to form a vacuum. The suction draws blood to the skin’s surface, which is thought to improve circulation and alleviate pain. In this case, the glasses were placed for five to 10 minutes over the shoulder muscle to affect the nerve that gets aggravated in carpal tunnel syndrome. In a second group, heating pads were placed over the same shoulder muscle for 15 minutes at a time. The cupping therapy group did significantly better after seven days, experiencing a 60 percent decrease in their symptom scores, compared to 23 percent for the other group.

Published on: July 13, 2009
Updated on: March 11, 2010



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If your husband has the skin

If your husband has the skin of his palm adhering to the muscles etc under the skin, then he may have "Duyputron's Contracture of the Palm" - which is what I have on both hands.

It starts off with the skin adhering to the layers under the skin, and you see more of this happening under each finger as time goes on. It looks like a knife has been pushed into the skin to make it stick to the layers below, and if you massage the area, you can feel the 'adhesions' and the raised -up areas in between.

The skin becomes stretched from the thumb right across the palm.

I have a totally different 'palm print' now than I had twenty years ago. Not good for a 'palm-reading' now. Too hard to follow the 'lifeline' etc. :)

I also have trouble gripping things and eventually, when the ring fingers of each hand are drawn right down to the skin on my palm, I will have to have operations to free the fingers.

NOT something I am looking forward to, I can assure you.

If this is what is happening to your man, then stretching exercises do help the fingers and palm to retain flexibility and stave off surgery etc.

His doctor can check for the condition, and it is more of a nuiscance than anything else, nothing dire or fatal to worry about.

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If this is what is happening

If this is what is happening to your man, then stretching exercises do help the fingers and palm to retain flexibility and stave off surgery etc.
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the fingers or hands, particularly the thumb, index, middle, or ring fingers. -Any Lab Test Now Franchise

Finger drawing down to the palm

If your husband has the skin of his palm adhering to the muscles etc under the skin, then he may have "Duyputron's Contracture of the Palm" - which is what I have on both hands.

It starts off with the skin adhering to the layers under the skin, and you see more of this happening under each finger as time goes on. It looks like a knife has been pushed into the skin to make it stick to the layers below, and if you massage the area, you can feel the 'adhesions' and the raised -up areas in between.

The skin becomes stretched from the thumb right across the palm.

I have a totally different 'palm print' now than I had twenty years ago. Not good for a 'palm-reading' now. Too hard to follow the 'lifeline' etc. :)

I also have trouble gripping things and eventually, when the ring fingers of each hand are drawn right down to the skin on my palm, I will have to have operations to free the fingers.

NOT something I am looking forward to, I can assure you.

If this is what is happening to your man, then stretching exercises do help the fingers and palm to retain flexibility and stave off surgery etc.

His doctor can check for the condition, and it is more of a nuiscance than anything else, nothing dire or fatal to worry about.

Hope this helps you and your husband,

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Carpal Tunnel

My husband works at a CAD design station (computer) all day and has been experiencing one finger drawing into his palm. Is that Carpal tunnel?

Wrist pain

Does cupping help with ganglia cysts and tendinitis in the wrists and thumbs?

rotator cuff

Is there a similiar exercise to do for rotator cuff problems?

I wonder

I wonder why there is,at least the appearance,of carpal tunnel being such a problem in the modern age.Maybe it just never got much if any mention,say back in colonial days.I know the theory is that we do so much repetitious motion,but that had to have happened back in history also and probably even worse than in this day and age.Just a curiosity of mine.

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