Light Therapy Offers Relief for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A rise in computer-related jobs and work from home policies mean that we spend much of our time hunched over a computer and putting constant stress on our hands and wrists8. This way of life increases the chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, a disease that causes pain, numbness, and tingling sensations in our hands and arms5,8,9. Normally, treatments like drugs, wearing a splint overnight, and surgery can interfere with work and come with side effects9. Luckily, Light Therapy may offer a way to reduce pain and inflammation and restore health and mobility to the hands, wrists, and arms of those who are suffering from carpal tunnel1,6,8.

How Does Carpal Tunnel Cause Pain and Nerve Damage?

Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when our hands and wrists are bunched up in a way that compresses the central nerve through this bodily area, the median nerve5. The medial nerve becomes further compressed as inflammation causes swelling in the wrist5. The combination of pressure and inflammation causes pain in our nerve that can extend from the fingers up to the shoulder, causing extreme discomfort during work (especially when we work from home) and other activities5.

No single treatment is 100% effective at reducing nerve inflammation and wrist swelling from carpal tunnel5. Stretching and anti-inflammatory drugs can help, but often do not provide lasting relief5. More extreme measures like wrist surgery can help relieve pressure but come with other risks and permeant loss of function in the wrist5. Luckily, Light Therapy can offer a new, side-effect free form of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome1-4,6-10.

Provide Medial Nerve Relief and Reduce Inflammation With Light Therapy

Several studies on human subjects have shown that the anti-inflammatory effects of Light Therapy can help those suffering from carpal tunnel. Light Therapy works by using photobiomodulation to reduce inflammation, reducing oxidative stress, and boosting cellular health. These effects can help restore damaged medial nerves to full function and combat carpal tunnel syndrome6,7.

Here are the main ways that Light Therapy can help treat carpal tunnel syndrome and boost wrist and hand health:

  1. Light Therapy has been shown to decrease wrist swelling and relieve built-up pressure off of the medial nerve1.
  2. Several studies have found that Light Therapy promotes nerve regeneration and healing around those with medial nerve damage, improving symptoms at the cellular level1,4,5.
  3. Light therapy helps restore grip strength and hand mobility in those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome1,6,7,10.
  4. Subjects who received Light Therapy regained feeling and lost tingling sensations in their arms and hands1,6,7,10.
  5. Light Therapy was shown to provide long-lasting results with no side effects across several key studies1,3-8,10.

Light Lounge is Here to Help

At Light Lounge, we recognize that working from home or feeling stress about our jobs can make us more likely to suffer from health issues like carpal tunnel syndrome, and we are happy to offer a science-backed treatment! To experience the pain relief and health benefits of Light Therapy, book a session here.

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Works cited

  1. Bartkowiak, Z., Eliks, M., Zgorzalewicz-Stachowiak, M., & Romanowski, L. (2019). The Effects of Nerve and Tendon Gliding Exercises Combined with Low-level Laser or Ultrasound Therapy in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Indian Journal of Orthopaedics, 53(2), 347–352.
  2. Burton, C., Chesterton, L. S., & Davenport, G. (2014). Diagnosing and managing carpal tunnel syndrome in primary care. The British Journal of General Practice, 64(622), 262–263.
  3. Dimitrios, S., & Stasinopoulos, L. (2017). Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in pregnancy with Polarized Polychromatic Non-coherent Light (Bioptron Light): A Preliminary, Prospective, Open Clinical Trial. Laser Therapy, 26(4), 289–295.
  4. Franke, T. P., Koes, B. W., Geelen, S. J., & Huisstede, B. M. (2018). Do Patients With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Benefit From Low-Level Laser Therapy? A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(8), 1650-1659.e15.
  5. Genova, A., Dix, O., Saefan, A., Thakur, M., & Hassan, A. (2020). Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Review of Literature. Cureus, 12(3).
  6. Güner, A., Altan, L., & Kasapoğlu Aksoy, M. (2018). The effectiveness of the low-power laser and kinesiotaping in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, a pilot study. Rheumatology International, 38(5), 895–904.
  7. Li, Z.-J., Wang, Y., Zhang, H.-F., Ma, X.-L., Tian, P., & Huang, Y. (2016). Effectiveness of low-level laser on carpal tunnel syndrome: A meta-analysis of previously reported randomized trials. Medicine, 95(31), e4424.
  8. Mediouni, Z., Bodin, J., Dale, A. M., Herquelot, E., Carton, M., Leclerc, A., Fouquet, N., Dumontier, C., Roquelaure, Y., Evanoff, B. A., & Descatha, A. (2015). Carpal tunnel syndrome and computer exposure at work in two large complementary cohorts. BMJ Open, 5(9).
  9. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (n.d.). Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet. Retrieved November 4, 2020, from
  10. Tezcan, S., Ulu Ozturk, F., Uslu, N., Nalbant, M., & Umit Yemisci, O. (2019). Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Evaluation of the Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy With Ultrasound Strain Imaging. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, 38(1), 113–122.


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