Paraffin wax machine for carpel tunnel syndrome.

Question on Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Where can I find a paraffin wax machine? I suffer from carpel tunnel syndrome, and I was told that this machine can help with treating this disease. I have been taking vitamin B and B-6 complex as well as drinking a yucca herbal once a day with aloe and honey. I haven’t had much change yet, but at least the swelling is down. What else do you suggest?

Answer

The paraffin wax machine has been around a long time and has been used for heat therapy of the hands and feet in arthritis. It should be helpful in other conditions with pain and inflammation. It consists of a small electric tub in which a low temperature paraffin is melted. You dip your hands in and coat them with paraffin to provide heat to relieve discomfort. You may be able to find one at a medical supply. I found there is a nice unit available from the JC Penney catalog.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve that runs between the bones and ligaments in the wrist. Inflammation of the nerve results in weakness and pain, burning or tingling that can radiate from the wrist to the forearm or even shoulder. It is commonly found in people who perform repetitive work with the wrists like carpenters, keyboard operators and cashiers.

Vitamin B6 has been used successfully for carpal tunnel syndrome. It is safe in doses of 25-50 mg up to three times a day, but can take up to 3 months for maximum benefit. Vitamin B2 should be included as well, since it is necessary for converting vitamin B6 into its active form.

Other suggestions for carpal tunnel include contrast hydrotherapy, acupuncture, manipulation and the plant enzyme, bromelain. Contrast hydrotherapy can help to relieve inflammation and swelling. Immerse your hands in warm water for 2-3 minutes, followed by 30 seconds in cold water. Alternate the hot and cold 3-5 times and fi
nish with the cold. Acupuncture is helpful even in cases in which surgery is not. Manipulation of the wrist, elbow, shoulder and even neck can be helpful in relieving pain. Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme found in pineapple, is very effective in reducing inflammation. The dose is 250-750 mg three times a day in between meals. If bromelain is used with food, it will work to digest protein, rather than be absorbed to assist with decreasing inflammation.

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