Carpal Tunnel

The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist made of bones and ligaments. The median nerve, which controls sensation and movement in the thumb and first three fingers, runs through the passageway along with tendons to the fingers and thumb. When it’s pinched or compressed, the result is a feeling of numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain in the hand. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome.carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel doesn’t develop overnight. It may start with a feeling that is similar to a “pins-and-needles” sensation like that you would get when your hand falls asleep. Generally this would be in the morning or at night. During the day you may notice pain or weakness when holding things, like a cup or a book, or when typing or driving. Shaking or moving your fingers may help in the early stages.

As carpal tunnel progresses, you may have pain or numbness, making it difficult to do many daily tasks. You may also incur swelling or loss of sensation from hot and cold. Because the carpal tunnel is narrow and rigid, anytime there is swelling or inflammation in the area, the median nerve can be compressed and cause pain.

Who is Affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Women are three times more likely than men to get carpal tunnel syndrome. Conditions that may increase your risk of carpal tunnel include:

Diabetes
Gout
Hypothyroidism
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Pregnancy
Any injury to the Wrist

Without treatment, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome worsen, and may become constant. Pain may radiate up the arm all the way to the shoulder. Over time, if untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause the muscles on the thumb side of your hand to waste away (atrophy). Even with treatment, strength and sensation may never be completely restored, so it is important to treat early.

If experiencing these symptoms, other possible ailments may include:

Injury to a muscle, ligament, or tendon
Arthritis
Nerve issues

Some studies suggest that chiropractic care of the wrist, elbow, and upper spine can improve carpal tunnel syndrome. There is also some evidence that acupuncture may help restore nerve function and relieve symptoms. Added to this, essential oils can assist with pain relief and improved function.*

Essential oils for Carpal Tunnel include:

Lemongrass oilLemongrass_15ml
Marjoram oil
Basil oil
Rosemary oil
Peppermint oil
Eucalyptus oil
Ginger oil
Sandalwood oil
Helichrysum oil
Wintergreen oil

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Blend:

30 drops of Fractionated Coconut oil
10 drops of each of the following:
Rosemary oil
Peppermint oil
Eucalyptus oil
Ginger oil

Apply twice daily moving from palm through to where pain extends.

Another option is to use individual oils, gently massaging from point of pain to point of pain. If the pain extends to the shoulder, you may start at that point. Use one oil at a time, and follow with additional oils.

Begin with Lemongrass, and follow up with Marjoram and Basil
Begin with Eucalyptus and follow up with Sandalwood and Wintergreen

If Carpal Tunnel is progressed be sure to include Helichrysum in the routine. No matter which oils you choose, a consistent application, twice daily, is most effective.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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