Information and facts on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a new problem that is affecting many of people today. Women between the ages of 29 - 62 appear to be the most affected by carpal tunnel syndrome. It is associated with the repetitive motion of fingers and hands. Factors that increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome are: menopause, Raynaud's disease, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, and diabetes. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome range from mild numbness and faint tingling to extreme pain and crippling of the thumb, fingers, and hand. Symptoms are often worse at night or in the morning. In many cases a colon and intestinal  cleansing can be beneficial.

Almost unheard of only a generation ago, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) has rapidly become a bane of modern existence. CTS is the term used to describe a set of symptoms that occur when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed or damaged. The median nerve controls the thumb muscles, and is also responsible for sensation felt in the thumb, the palm, and the first three fingers of the hand. The carpal tunnel is a very small opening about one-quarter inch below the surface of the wrist through which the median nerve passes. The median nerve is vulnerable to compression or injury from a number of sources-swelling due to pregnancy or water retention, pressure from bone spurs, inflammatory arthritis, or even tendinitis.

CTS is associated with repetitive wrist motion injury, which is linked to continuous rapid use of the fingers. Once considered an occupational hazard affecting only supermarket checkout clerks and bookkeepers, CTS did not become widely known until the 1980s, when personal computers came to dominate the workplace. Today, CTS is commonplace among people who earn a living using word processors or other computerized keyboards. Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be caused by strong, steady vibrations that shake the wrist for long periods (such as using a jackhammer or chain saw). Other people whose occupations have been linked to CTS include assembly line workers, athletes, drivers, hairstylists, musicians, restaurant servers, and writers.

Although CTS affects both sexes, women between the ages of twenty-nine and sixty-two seem to be affected more than any other segment of the population. Factors that increase the risk of CTS include menopause, Raynaud's disease, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, and diabetes mellitus. Symptoms of CTS can range from mild numbness and faint tingling to excruciating pain accompanied by a crippling atrophy of the muscles in the thumb. Most commonly, it is experienced as burning, tingling, or numbness in the thumb and the first three fingers. (The little finger is spared because it receives its nerve impulses from outside the carpal tunnel.) The tingling is often referred to as feeling similar to the "pins and needles" associated with a limb "falling asleep," and it also involves a gradual weakening of the thumb. In the beginning, symptoms are often intermittent, but they become persistent as the condition worsens. CTS can affect one or both hands. Symptoms are often worse at night or in the morning, when circulation slows down. Pain may spread to the forearm and, in severe cases, to the shoulder. Not all nerve entrapment problems are in the carpal tunnel area. Though far less common, entrapment of the ulnar nerve, located in the elbow, produces symptoms almost identical to those of CTS. This condition can be very painful and disabling.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Essential fatty acids 10 extremely important for reducing inflammation associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil.
Coenzyme Q10 10 improves tissue oxygenation which helps people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Some supplements will include reishi mushroom which helps boost the immune system as well.
Multi-vitamin & Mineral supplement 10 contains vitamin E , vitamin A , vitamin C , manganese, and zinc which all are helpful in both the treatment and prevention of carpal tunnel syndrome. The nutrients found in a daily supplement are needed for good general health and well being.
Aloe Vera 9 this herb helps restore flexibility and reduce inflammation and really nice if combined with kava kava, ginseng, or passion flower in an herbal blend.
vitamin E 9 powerful anti oxidant which promotes healing
vitamin A 8 important anti-oxidant
vitamin C 8 useful for healing
Zinc 8 enhances healing of the entire body
Grape Seed extract 8 powerful anti-oxidant and is also anti-inflammatory both of which benefit people with CTS , carpal tunnel syndrome.
Lecithin 8 supplies choline and inositol for nerve function
Manganese 8 mineral helpful for nerve problems
Ginkgo biloba 8 herb helps with blood circulation 



The symptoms of CTS are often similar to those Of other disorders, particularly arthritis in the neck. A simple self-test can help you determine whether you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Place the backs of your hands together, with the fingers pointing straight down and the wrists at a 90 degree angle, so that your elbows point straight out to the sides. If holding this position for over a minute brings on symptoms, you probably have CTS. If your job or hobby causes you to develop a burning sensation, numbness, or clumsiness affecting the first three fingers of one or both hands, chances are that CTS is the culprit. This self-test is not foolproof, however. The only truly conclusive tests for CTS is electromyography (EMG), which involves transmitting electrical impulses through the arm. The nerve impulses that direct motion are nothing more than a very low voltage current. Normal nerve impulse transmission occurs at a speed of approximately 136 meters per second, which is fast enough to appear instantaneous to us. If nerves are damaged or entrapped by swollen tissue, however, they cannot transmit electrical neural impulses at the normal rate of speed. If you are found to have a neurotransmission speed of only 90 to 95 meters per second, nerve damage or compression is strongly suggested.


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or to administer to any physical ailments.
In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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........Symmetry herbal and nutritional products for Women, Children, and Men includes vitamins, herb supplements, skin care, weight loss, water filters, sport's nutrition, and health maintenance. Giving you and your family an alternative natural way for prevention and healing treatment of disease - also to aid in well being of mind, body, and spirit.