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Hi. I’m Marie VanHouten.

Marie VanHouten

I know what it’s like to suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I also know that achieving long-term pain relief and getting your hands feeling and working as normal is easier than you might think ….. and without the need for surgery. 

That’s right! There are effective treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome now available that are proven to work and will help you get rid of the pain and discomfort – once and for all. Some are well established treatments that have been largely ignored by  the medical profession. Others are based on the advances that have been made in Medical Research. While others are based on a better understanding of what is actually happening to cause your symptoms.  

Treatments……..see list at bottom of page

Conventional approach: medication, splints, steroids, surgery
Professional services: treatments by therapists and healthcare practitioners
Alternative and Natural treatments that can be used at home


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Here at the Carpal Tunnel Helpline, my team and and I have gathered and examined all the information available on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. We’ve poured through all the published research – as well as unpublished research from Universities and Medical Centers. We’ve assessed the results from clinical trials both in the USA and internationally.

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We now know what works and what doesn’t.  That means, we are in a position to give you the facts – and all the facts, straight up – independent, unbiased facts in a no-nonsense way. And that is what makes us different: the true facts and no-nonsense advice on what you can do to relieve your pain.


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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a complex subject. Around one in every 25 people in the USA suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sometime in their lives. Despite this, there is a very limited amount of published research on the subject. There are many papers written on surgical techniques but very little on the underlying causes, predispositions and trigger factors.

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Confusion over causes, symptoms and diagnosis. Why is it so difficult to tell whether a patient is suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome … or something else entirely. Why is there so much confusion over what the traditional symptoms mean? Why do so many healthcare professionals get it wrong?

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The perfect starting point for anyone wanting answers.  If you are looking for the facts about the different treatments then you are in the right place. This is the perfect starting point for unbiased information on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome –  causes, symptoms, treatments. And we will do it with the minimum of complicated medical and technical jargon.

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No nonsense information and advice so that you can really understand what the real underlying causes are and what is really causing your pain. No nonsense advice on the treatments open to you: the conventional approach; treatments from healthcare professionals; alternative, natural treatments.


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Myths, Misunderstandings, Misinformation

Despite it being a well recognised condition, there is a large amount of ignorance  – even amongst the medical profession  – about the underlying causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. Many myths and misunderstandings have grown up as a a result of this: the underlying causes of this disorder; what triggers it off; who is most susceptible. This can lead to patients agreeing to more serious treatment than is necessary. Let us examine some of these myths.

Carpal Tunnel Helpline - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Logo symbol onlyWrist pain means Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Wrong ! Not every bit of discomfort with the wrist is necessarily a sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. People often experience momentary pain or a tingling sensation in their fingers and hands for a number of reasons. Read more…

Carpal Tunnel Helpline - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Logo symbol onlyTyping is the main cause of this condition. Wrong again ! Time spent at the keyboard – typing or clicking a mouse – has increased dramatically over the past years. Many people now suggest that keyboard use is the main culprit for carpal tunnel syndrome. Typing away for hours on end can certainly be uncomfortable for the hands but it is unlikely that this is the sole cause of a case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Read more


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Everyone is susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrong. 

Many people assume that this condition is more common amongst men than amongst women. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. One of the possible reasons is that the carpal tunnel itself may be smaller in women than in men. 

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Surgery is the Only Way of Providing a long Term solution. Wrong again.

Surgery – carpal tunnel release surgery in particular – is one of the most commonly performed surgical techniques in the entire world. But surgery is not necessarily the answer for most patients; there are many options available for managing and relieving the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Read more…

How to use this site….

You can find our top content on our Home Page and our latest articles at the top of our Blog Page. We also review many of the best remedies, treatments and products on the market in our sections on Treatments Sections and in our section on Product Reviews.

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To get started, click below to find the information you are looking for: thes e are our most frequently asked questions.

Understanding carpal tunnel syndrome:

What is the carpal tunnel? What is carpal tunnel syndrome? What causes the pain?

How do I know that I have carpal tunnel syndrome> What are the symptoms and signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

What are the underlying causes of carpal tunnel syndrome? What triggers it off?

Am I susceptible to getting carpal tunnel syndrome; what do I do to prevent it?


Getting the correct Diagnosis.

Conventional treatments: why don’t they work?

Professional treatments.

Alternative treatments and Natural Remedies.

My Story.



Carpal Tunnel Helpline - Treatments - Acupuncture

Acupuncture: a traditional Chinese therapy using extremely fine needles.

Carpal Tunnel Helpline - Treatments - Acupressure

Acupressure: same pressure points but no needles.

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Yoga: yoga exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome and general relaxation.


Carpal Tunnel helpline - Treatments - Myofascial Massage

Myofascial Massage: deep tissue massage to remove adhesions etc.

Carpal Tunnel Helpline - Treatments - Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy: removing muscle knots and trigger points.

Carpal Tunnel helpline - Treatments - Hand Exercises

Hand Exercises: simple hand exercises with physiotherapist.


Carpal Tunnel Helpline - Treatments - Infrared treatment

Infrared Treatment: harnessing the power of infrared light to heal.

Carpal Tunnel Helpline - treatments - Deep penetrating light

Deep Penetrating Light: LED light therapy initially developed by NASA.

Carpal Tunnel Helpline - treatments - Low level laser

Low Level Laser: using the photonic healing of cold lasers to heal soft tissue.


Carpal Tunnel Helpline - treatments - TENS and EMS

TENS & EMS: combination units – TENS with EMS equipment.

Carpal Tunnel helpline - Treatments - Ultrasound

Ultrasound: high and low energy sound waves to relax muscle tissue.

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Electrotherapy: electrical stimulation for nerve pain.


Carpal Tunnel Helpline - Treatments - Natural Remedies

Herbal Medicine: natural remedies, essential oils, herbal medicines.

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Homeopathy: used on its own or to complement other treatments.

carpal Tunnel helpline - Treatments - Vitamins and supplements

Vitamins and Supplements: vitamins such as B6, supplements and food additives.