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Posted by
maryann on May 31, 2000 at 14:28:34:

Hi,
I have carpal tunnel syndrome and am on my seventh acupuncture treatment. I am about 40% better but would like opinion: how many treatments would be the maximum to know if it's working? Is 2-3 times a week okay to go? I have numbing and tingling in feet and cramps in calves occasionally (stopped period in January for good I hope, I am 54 so I know this has to do with menopause) and she is working on my legs too. I am seeing a neurologist in two weeks. He will give me EMG test (chiropractor diagnosed carpal tunnel). Don't want MRI or x-rays. After acupuncture will do chiropractor route, and physical therapy if neurologist okays it. I lift weights but had to stop and that is depressing me. Any feedback would be helpful.
Going to neurologist for following reasons: definite diagnosis and want to get okay to see physical therapist for exercise and lifting weights again.
thanks for opinion.
maryann



Re: acupuncture for carpal tunnel (archive)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 01, 2000 at 11:02:09:

In Reply to: acupuncture for carpal tunnel posted by maryann on May 31, 2000 at 14:28:34:

Hi, Maryann.

Acupuncture has been known to be effective for carpal tunnel. However, In most cases the problem eventually recurs and the acupuncture needs to be repeated. Eventually it will not work. This is because this condition is not a "deficiency of needles".

SO, it is great for temporary relief of symptoms. The number and duration of treatments varies so widely no prediction can be made.

Chiropractic is another temporary relief. There is nothing wrong with temporary relieving mechanisms so long as the relief does not stop you from dealing with the causes (which are bracing and low magnesium). The B6 (200 milligrams/day) works because it is a cofactor in magnesium metabolism.

The only known permanent solution is raising intracellular magnesium and SR. Even Rolfing will relieve carpal tunnel as well as acupuncture. See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms.

Walt



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