Firm pressure on the Acupressure points known as the Inner and Outer Gates can alleviate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms and relieve wrist pain or weakness. The Inner Gate is also well known for relieving nausea. Simply hold the points with firm compression for at least two minutes at a time, 3 to 5 times daily. The same points can also be used for preventing problems with the wrist.
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 finger-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, and TW 5, the Outer Gate, is in the same location on the outside of the forearm. Press them at the same time, using your fingers on one side of your forearm and your thumb on the other side.
I have seen excellent results on numerous clients and students who had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms. It does take a good deal of determination, perseverance, and concentrated effort to eventually gain long-lasting relief.
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. This means applying firm, deep pressure several times a day, possibly for months. 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 also improvement in your hand’s grasping strength.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hand and arm. It occurs when the median nerve, one of the major nerves to the hand, becomes pressed or pinched at the wrist.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments at the base of the hand. It houses the median nerve and also tendons. Thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel, compressing the median nerve. This can cause weakness or numbness in the hand and wrist, and can even 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, three 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), three finger-widths below the wrist crease.
Benefits: Relieves rheumatism, tendonitis, and wrist pain. Also increases resistance to colds.