Hi I'm Dr Peter Hanfileti from Points of Origin in Vancouver, Washington.
I'd like to answer one of the most common questions I get from people in my office practice, either by phone or in person.
The question is: Can acupuncture help me with my wrist pain?
My answer is: yes it can!
I can say this because I know that acupuncture has been very beneficial for many of my own patients with wrist pain.
Now, there are certain things you need to know about acupuncture which will help you decide if it's right for you.
I'm going to go over 4 key points that I try to get across to all of the patients in my own practice who have wrist pain.
#1. With wrist pain we are obligated to look at more than just your wrist as the issue. This is because in the acupuncture meridian system, we are more concerned with the energy movement through an area rather than just the physical structures themselves.
Let me expain...
The energy pathways which are likely to be involved in a person with wrist pain include the lung and large intestine meridians. This does not mean you necessarily have a problem with any of those organs, it just means that your acupuncture practitioner will be asking you questions that relate to this part of your energy system.
It is truly a holistic way to approach a person's situation no matter what it is, and this is one of the most advantageous reasons I recommend acupuncture to anyone that has wrist pain.
#2. Another question some people have is whether it makes a difference if you have chronic wrist pain of several months or years duration carpal tunnel syndrome, or an acute injury like a sprain or strain of the wrist which may have just happened in the last few hours or days.
How long a person has had wrist pain can make a difference in the acupuncture strategy, but this is something you can leave up to the expertise of your practitioner, you don't need to worry about it.
I can say with confidence that either way, acupuncture can be beneficial for both long term and short term wrist issues.
One more additional point I'd like to make, is that acupuncture can be helpful before, concurrent with, or after surgery as a way to encourage and enhance the healing process.
So if you have had surgery on your wrist or if you are contemplating having some sort of procedure done, consider using acupuncture as an adjunct or in addition to your surgery to help your body recover as quickly and as much as possible.
#3. Where the acupuncture points are that are chosen often does not correlate with the physical location of a person's pain. So for example, some of the acupuncture meridian points that are very useful for relieving wrist pain are in the hands, at the elbows, in the legs or even up in the ear lobe and not necessarily in the wrist region at all.
It is true that some techniques involve placing acupuncture points in specific wrist areas, but this is not universally the case and depends on the style and strategy of acupuncture employed by your particular acupuncture provider.
#4. Finally, the real question I know you have is will acupuncture work for your wrist pain? How your body and system responds to acupuncture is a very individual thing. Since everyone is different, the likelihood of getting relief for wrist pain is also variable and depends on you.
I like to describe it this way: acupuncture is more like a system of communication which your system has the ability to receive and benefit from. How that input is received and what your body does with the information - that is the part that is individual for everybody.
However, once you try it and if you find that acupuncture works for your neck pain, you will know that your system is able to absorb and work with the information it receives through the stimulation of the acupuncture points.
Once that avenue of communication is open and activated, you will be able to use the acupuncture system as a method to help you with many other things, not just wrist pain and other musculoskeletal problems.
So, in closing, I want to encourage you to find an acupuncturist in your area who can help you with your wrist pain. Once you have experience with this incredible and ancient method of treatment, you are likely to learn even more about your energy system than you ever thought possible, and you'll want to try it for many other conditions and situations that may come up in your life.
Thanks for watching and listening, this has been Dr Peter Hanfileti from Points of Origin in Vancouver, Washington.