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I use a computer a lot--- almost every day and have pain in my wrists. Can you help?

I use a computer a lot--- almost every day and have pain in my wrists. Can you help?

Yes. Wrist and hand pain may arise as a result of inflammation of the muscles or tendons; trauma leading to sprained ligaments, dislocations, or fractures; or carpal tunnel syndrome. It can even radiate down the arm and into the hand from nerve impingement in the shoulder girdle.

There is a growing body of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of acupuncture for pain relief. According to Dr. Bruce Pomeranz, a neurophysiologist, acupuncture may stimulate the release of the body's own natural painkillers, endorphins. This is an especially good option for people who do not do well on medication or do not want to take it. With repeated acupuncture you get synergistic results after each sequential treatment.

Acupuncture is being increasingly recommended by doctors at leading medical centers---and patients feel relief. It can successfully treat sciatica; bursitis; headaches; sports injuries; tendinitis; arthritis; back/disc/muscle pain; foot, leg, knee, hip, elbow, shoulder and neck pain.

About the Author:

Jane McKee, MAcOM, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist in Tigard, Oregon. 

To learn more about Jane McKee or the Meridian Acupuncture Clinic, please visit

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Q: I have always had a problem when it comes to my gag reflex. As a kid I even had a problem wearing a mouth piece and going to the dentist. but it still has not gone away, even today if i go to the dentist it is very hard for me to allow anything in my mouth without gagging and eventually vomiting. I also have a problem when shirts are tight around my neck. Is there any hope in acupuncture?

A: There are some very simple acupuncture points that have been proven to calm down the gag reflex. Acupuncture point: Ren 24 The first point i... Read More