Carpal Tunnel During Pregnancy

How To Relieve Carpal Tunnel Pain During Pregnancy

Naturally improve circulation, reduce swelling and lessen inflammation that causes carpal tunnel.

Relief From Swelling

Experiencing carpal tunnel while pregnant is fairly common, affecting as many as two-thirds of expectant mothers. It can be caused by repetitive motions, such as typing, filing, or knitting, but can also be caused by pregnancy-induced swelling. This condition usually goes away after giving birth, but we’re here to help you find relief from carpal tunnel during your pregnancy.

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Our Holistic Approach to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings on a lot of changes, and while glowing skin and feeling your baby move are wonderful, some changes are less than desirable. Pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel can feel like tingling, pain, burning, or numbness in the wrists, hands, and/or fingers, and can be an aggravating problem. We work to not only reduce the pain stemming from carpal tunnel but also to restore balance and healing throughout the entire body.

Natural Remedies for Carpal Tunnel During Pregnancy

Healing carpal tunnel syndrome naturally usually involves a combination of treatments and new habits. If your work or hobby involves repetitive motions, stretching and taking breaks can help relieve pain. You can also wear a wrist brace and prop your arms up at night. Of course, acupuncture is an effective therapy that not only addresses the pain but also the root causes. It can also alleviate other pregnancy symptoms, such as stress, fatigue, and insomnia.

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Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel During Pregnancy

Acupuncture helps bring pregnancy carpal tunnel relief by reducing pain and the inflammation that compresses the median nerve. Flexibility is also improved by increasing circulation and reducing swelling. This therapy also heals the whole body, bringing harmony to the qi, blood, and hormones, leading to improved energy levels, reduced stress, and anxiety.

During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the legs, wrists, and ears. Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to feel results when receiving weekly treatments for 4-6 weeks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the median nerve gets compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. Since this nerve controls feeling in the fingers, symptoms of this condition include feelings of tingling, pain, burning, and/or numbness in the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. 

What Does Carpal Tunnel Feel Like?

Carpal tunnel can feel like throbbing, tingling, pain, burning, and/or numbness. It can occur in one or both hands. 

Is Carpal Tunnel a Symptom of Pregnancy?

Carpal tunnel during pregnancy usually occurs in the third trimester. This is a time when swelling is common, which can lead to a compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. 

Can Pregnancy Cause Carpal Tunnel?

Yes, pregnancy symptoms can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. 

What Causes Carpal Tunnel During Pregnancy?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel (a narrow passageway made up of tiny bones and ligaments). Swelling that is common during pregnancy can be the cause of this compression. 

How Common Is Carpal Tunnel in Pregnancy?

Carpal tunnel is found to affect as many as two-thirds of pregnancies. 

Is Carpal Tunnel Dangerous During Pregnancy?

Carpal tunnel is not dangerous, but it can be painful. However, swelling of the hands is a symptom of preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication. Other symptoms of preeclampsia include face swelling, severe headaches, blurred or double vision, and sudden weight gain. If you experience these symptoms, contact your doctor. 

Does Carpal Tunnel Go Away After Pregnancy?

Carpal tunnel is found to go away after giving birth. However, it may take weeks or months for the condition to completely go away. 

How Long Does Carpal Tunnel Last After Pregnancy?

It varies from person to person. Some do not experience carpal tunnel syndrome just after a few weeks, while others may have it as long as 12 months after birth. 

What Helps Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel?

There are several ways to find relief from carpal tunnel while pregnant. If you have a job or activity that requires repetitive movements, take breaks and stretch your wrist and hands. Symptoms can get worse at night, so try to avoid sleeping on your hands and use a pillow to prop your arms up. Wearing a wrist splint at night can also help. Acupuncture treatments are also effective in reducing pain and inflammation. 

How To Sleep With Carpal Tunnel While Pregnant

Avoid sleeping on your hands when you are pregnant. It’s also a good idea to keep your hands and arms free, even propped up on a pillow during the night. 

Can Acupuncture Help Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel?

Yes, acupuncture is an effective therapy for treating pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel. Treatments work to balance hormones and yin and yang, which reduces inflammation and pain. 

How Does Acupuncture Help Pregnancy Induced Carpal Tunnel?

Acupuncture improves circulation and the flow of yin and yang energies which reduces swelling and inflammation that cause carpal tunnel. This therapy reduces pain and helps improve flexibility. 

What Herbal Medicine Helps Carpal Tunnel During Pregnancy?

We do not recommend herbal medicine for treating carpal tunnel syndrome.

What To Expect

You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.

At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.

At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Your Patient Journey

At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Learn more about your complete patient journey.

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