Firm pressure on the Acupressure points known as the Inner and Outer Gates can alleviate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms and relieve wrist pain. Simply hold the points with firm compression for at least two minutes at a time, 3 to 5 times daily.
These points are also known as P 6 and TW 5, and mirror each other on either side of the wrist. They are both 3 fingers widths from the wrist crease, in between the two bones on one side and the tendons on the opposite side. P 6, the “Inner Gate” is on the inside of the forearm; TW 5, the “Outer Gate” is in the same location but on the outside of the forearm. Press them together, using your fingers on one side and your thumb on the other side.
I have seen excellent results on numerous clients and students who had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms. It takes a good deal of determination, perseverance, and concentrated effort to eventually gain long lasting relief. However, once you get relief, the wrist aches and pains often return. In order to maintain long lasting results most people need to retrain the musculature by applying firm, deep pressure for at least two minutes per session on these Acupressure points several times a day, possibly for months.
Prevention and maintenance is necessary or the wrist pain is likely to come back. Once you get relief, you’ll need to continue to apply pressure to these same Acupressure points whenever you get a chance. It sure beats surgery for maintaining the health of your wrist!
If you have pain or weakness in your hand, place a golf ball or avocado pit in the palm of your opposite hand to press these points, one at a time. After a month or two of working on these Acupressure points you may find great pain relief and improvement in your hand’s grasping strength.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve, between the forearm and the hand, becomes pressed or pinched at the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand. Irritated tendons and swelling narrows the tunnel, compressing the median nerve. This can cause weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, and can radiate up into the arm.
Wrist Pain Relief Acupressure Points:
Inner Gate (P 6)
Location: In the middle of the inner side of the forearm, two and one-half finger widths below the wrist crease.
Benefits: Relieves nausea, anxiety, and wrist pain.
Outer Gate (TW 5)
Location: On the outside of the forearm, midway between the two bones (radius and ulna), two and one-half finger widths below the wrist crease.
Benefits: Relieves rheumatism, tendonitis, and wrist pain; increases resistance to colds.