The carpal tunnel is a small passageway in the wrist through which the median nerve passes. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which originates in the cervical spine and runs to the hand, is compressed or squeezed at the wrist due to Inflammation or injury that makes the carpal tunnel passageway tighter. The result is numbing, tingling or a prickly sensation in the hand and sometimes all the way up the arm.

Acupressure, much like acupuncture, alleviates the pain associated with many muscular and neurological disorders by stimulating key points on the body. Acupressure is performed with the fingers and is often used to treat the discomfort that accompanies conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Forearm/Wrist
The Inner Gate and Outer Pass, are points on the front and back of the wrist that can be held simultaneously to provide relief from carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. The points are located about 1 1/2 inches above the wrist between the two major bones of the forearm. Michael Reed Gach, self-care expert, author and founder of the Acupressure Institute, recommends holding firm pressure for at least two minutes, three to five times per day. Long-term relief, he says, takes consistent effort and continued application.

Two more points at the wrist are called Active Pond and the Great Mount. These are in the center of the wrist, where it hinges, on the front and back. Using the thumb and forefinger, squeeze these points simultaneously. Start gently, increasing pressure for two to three minutes and repeat a few times per day. Squeeze quite firmly but not so much that there is pain.

Outer Elbow
On the elbow lies another acupressure point, called the Crooked Pond, which is known to relieve arm pain. Many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome radiate up the arm, so this point is effective in alleviating painful symptoms. To try it, bend the elbow and place the forefinger on the outside of your elbow, right where there would be a bend if your arm where a body of water. Your finger should sit on the edge of the elbow crease. Move your pressure in a clockwise motions for a few minutes.

Inner Elbow
The Marsh at the Crook is another acupressure point, this one located on the inside elbow. To find the point, extend your arm and place a finger on the center of the elbow crease. Place pressure to the inside of the major tendon. Apply firm, continuous pressure for at least two minutes. Repeat a few times daily for best results.

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