Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Holistic Perspective

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Discover Dr. Michelle Greenwell’s holistic approach to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, focusing on posture, nutrition, and emotional health.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition characterized by a group of symptoms that originate from a specific area in the body. In this case, the Carpal Tunnel—a narrow passageway in the wrist through which the Median Nerve passes into the hand—plays a crucial role. This space, bordered by the Carpal Bones on the back of the hand and the Transverse Carpal Ligament on the palm side, is critical for the movement and function of the hand muscles and fingers.

However, when inflammation or compression occurs within this tunnel, it can lead to pain, aches, tingling, and stiffness, radiating down the arm and into the hand. Traditional approaches often focus on addressing the symptoms at the wrist, but what if the root cause lies elsewhere in the body? Dr. Michelle Greenwell, a renowned expert in holistic health, offers a comprehensive approach to understanding and treating CTS by exploring the interconnectedness of the entire body.

Beyond the Wrist: A Holistic Approach to CTS

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Dr. Greenwell emphasizes that the source of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome might not always be localized to the wrist. By examining how the hand muscles function with different orientations—palm up and palm down—she identifies whether the issue might originate from the wrist, elbow, or even the sacrum. If symptoms are present in one hand and not the other, CTS might be the cause. However, if both hands are affected, the problem could stem from the sacrum.

But how is the sacrum connected to the wrist? Dr. Greenwell explains that the body’s structure and movement are interlinked. For the wrist to function properly, the sacrum must be flexible and supportive. Assessing a person’s posture and alignment, particularly the neck and spine, is crucial. Muscles such as the Levator Scapula, Upper Trapezius, and Anterior and Posterior Neck Muscles can contribute to CTS if they are misaligned or strained.

The Role of Posture, Breath, and Emotional Health

Posture and breath significantly influence overall health and can exacerbate symptoms of CTS. Misalignment in the neck affects breathing patterns, often leading to shallow breathing, which in turn stresses the muscles, organs, and brain. Dr. Greenwell encourages incorporating deep breathing practices throughout the day, not just during dedicated moments of mindfulness or meditation, to alleviate stress and improve muscle function.

Moreover, emotional health plays a pivotal role. Stress and tension can manifest physically, leading to muscle clenching and reduced organ function. Individuals suffering from CTS often struggle with breaking tasks into manageable pieces and making decisions, adding to their physical strain.

Nutritional Considerations and Bioenergetic Wellness

Dr. Greenwell also highlights the importance of nutrition in managing CTS. Repetitive consumption of certain foods can lead to sensitivities or allergies, further aggravating the condition. Foods like wheat, green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and dairy, as well as deficiencies in vitamins A, C, and B6, can impact muscle function and inflammation. A BioEnergetic Wellness Facilitator can help identify energy-enhancing foods and those that deplete energy, guiding individuals towards better dietary choices.

Empowering Individuals Through Biofeedback and Muscle Monitoring

Dr. Michelle Greenwell, with her extensive training in BioEnergetic Wellness programs such as Touch for Health®, Therapeutic Touch®, and NeuroReflex Integration, uses biofeedback and muscle monitoring to prioritize areas for balance and flow. Her expertise in assessing the body’s electrical system allows her to identify underlying issues and facilitate significant improvements in her clients’ health and well-being.

Support for Artists, Musicians, and Performers

With a passion for the arts, Dr. Greenwell understands the unique challenges faced by musicians, dancers, and artists. Repetitive movements, poor posture, and prolonged periods of standing or sitting can all contribute to CTS. Dr. Greenwell works closely with performers to develop new habits and patterns that reduce stress and inflammation, ultimately enhancing their performance and well-being.

Embrace Holistic Health with Dr. Michelle Greenwell

At the Greenwell Center for Holistic Health, Dr. Michelle Greenwell offers private and group sessions, both online and in person, to help individuals achieve harmony within their bodies. By addressing the root causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and promoting overall wellness, Dr. Greenwell empowers her clients to lead healthier, more balanced lives. Discover more about her transformative approach with a private session, check out the details here. And, be sure to check out the group classes online and in-person to find the perfect fit for your continued success with your wellness plan.


Recommendations found in this article are found in “The Complete Edition: Touch for Health – A Practical Guide to Natural Health with Acupressure Touch,” by Dr. John and Matthew Thie, 2005, DeVorss & Co., as well as “The Encyclopedia of Mind and Body Volume 1: Allergies! How to find and Conquer,” by John Barton, 1980, and distributed by Topping International Institute.  Further, nutritional, acupressure, and muscle monitoring information is found in Applied Kinesiology Short Cuts Part 3 with Dr. Sheldon Deal, DC, NMD, DIBAK, from the Kinesiology Institute.

By emphasizing Dr. Michelle Greenwell’s unique holistic approach and expertise, this blog post aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and its interconnectedness with overall health.

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