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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is due to an oedema or compression of the median nerve as it passes through the narrow bones of the wrist.  It’s often worse at night (as you may well know!).


Low levels of vitamin B6 and zinc may make symptoms worse, as can hypoglycaemia.  Joan Donley’s book, Compendium for a Healthy Pregnancy and a Normal Birth, also says that the yellow food dye FD & C #5, excess protein intake and oral contraceptives can be contributing factors.
It may be associated with hypothyroidism, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Treatments include:

  • Bromelain (from pineapple) as it reduces inflammation and swelling.  (Pineapples are also used as a natural method of induction).
  • Turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Acupuncture
  • Special exercises
  • A splint/brace may be useful at night before going to bed
  • Massage
  • TENS
  • Physiotherapy

Oh and just a word of warning - sometimes Carpal Tunnel gets worse for a week or two following the birth, so it can be helpful to use disposable nappies, and to dress baby in gowns, rather than trying to do up buttons/snaps and pins.  Also think about how you pick baby up.  Women often find it kinder on their wrists to slide their hands under baby and then lift with their forearms.


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