how acupuncture works for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common reasons people use acupuncture and numerous scientific studies demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture when compared with drug treatment and surgery.
By regulating blood flow to the wrist and fingers, acupuncture can reduce pain and numbness and restore normal function to the hands. Acupuncture also addresses the neck pain, shoulder stiffness, and sleeping problems that often accompany this condition.
"Hello, my name is Ruth. I have been a patient of Tom's for several months, taking care of a problem that I had which was three main fingers on both hands were numb, so terribly numb. I had spoken with my surgeon where I live in Albany. He suggested acupuncture. I received a booklet regarding Tom Williams and Turning Point.
"I began with Tom and received the acupuncture treatment in a different way, which was kind of interesting. I didn't realize it, but it was Japanese acupuncture. I was very, very pleased. I have had actually a delightful experience in receiving his treatments, which are a little bit different than the Chinese.
"My greatest trouble had been not feeling anything [in the three fingers in my right hand] and not being able to pick up things. Through the treatments received from Tom I had gotten much better. In fact, now I can pick up paperclips and I can pick up things that I had not done before, which was great. I even am able to use my eye drop dispenser for my eyes because I am blind.
"I have just been really so pleased with all the things Tom has been able to do for me. His knowledge helped him to determine the spots that needed the needling and, in his gracious way, do treatments that have been very successful for me. I am very pleased that we made the journey every week from Albany to Eugene. I would expect very, very much to recommend him to other people. I am appreciative of all he has been able to do for me. Thank you."
"There was a day when I couldn't even pick up a comb. One of my clients is a neuro-surgeon and he said 'You've got problems with carpal tunnel and you might have to look at surgery.' That wasn't something I really wanted to do.
"My next client said, 'I've got an acupuncturist you have to see.' I went right over and saw Tom. I didn't know anything about acupuncture. I walked in, sat down. Tom fit me in between patients, and thirty minutes later I walked out. I could go play tennis, lift weights, and I was sold right then and there. I went back a few days later. He explained the whole thing: The relationship of chi in the body and how it all moves. All I know is it works. I've highly recommended him ever since. That was about 14 years ago."
Acupuncture in treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome: A randomized controlled trial study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3523426/
Somatosensory cortical plasticity in carpal tunnel syndrome treated by acupuncture.
Acupuncture in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. http://journals.lww.com/clinicalpain/Abstract/2009/05000/Acupuncture_in_Patients_With_Carpal_Tunnel.11.aspx