November 28, 2020
Everyone has felt it—that sensation of some extremity falling asleep. Maybe you slept on your arm funny and now it feels like tiny little needles are poking you as you regain feeling. Perhaps your sitting posture cut off circulation to your foot, and it’s numb to the touch.
These sensations in your extremities occur every now and then, but what if you have tingling and numbness frequently or for a prolonged period of time? Does that mean something is wrong? What can be done to alleviate your discomfort? Read on to find out more!
Causes of Tingling and Numbness in Your Extremities
These sensations most often occur when blood flow to the area is somehow restricted. Here are some examples of common culprits behind the tingling or numb feeling in your extremities:
- Injury to the nervous system
- Neck or back injury
- Sciatica, which affects the sciatic nerve extending into your legs
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Multiple sclerosis
- Carpal tunnel, impacting the wrist and hand
- Migraines or other types of headaches
Although numbness and “pins and needles” tingling are rarely a sign of a serious condition, these symptoms can be disconcerting. Also, they can interfere with your ability to perform daily functions comfortably, which is why you’ll want to meet with a chiropractor to help treat the problem.
If you experience a sensation that feels more like burning, tightening, or an electric shock, it’s important to seek medical attention because this is less common and could point to a more serious issue.
Why You Should Visit a Chiropractor
In most cases, tingling or numbness are not symptoms that your medical doctor will be worried about. On the other hand, there are doctors who treat these symptoms using complex or invasive measures. In this case, your best bet for conservative care is with your chiropractor.
You may question how a back or neck pain doctor can help you with numbness in your hands, but you don’t have to be in pain to benefit from chiropractic visits. Once your issue has been properly diagnosed, your chiropractor can begin easing the pressure on your constricted blood vessels and nerves by working with your nervous system. Treatments include spinal adjustments and manipulation, deep tissue massage, ice therapy, and more, which help restore proper circulation and eliminate toxins that worsen tingling and numbness.
You don’t have to accept regular numbness or tingling in your extremities as a normal part of your life. You can get relief, regain feeling through your chiropractor, and enjoy a higher quality of life. If you’re struggling with these symptoms, schedule an appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Chad Wills has been a practicing chiropractor in the Naples area for about 20 years. Although his primary goal is to bring relieve to those in pain, he also focuses on helping patients achieve better overall wellness. Certified in Chiropractic Biophysics, he is one of only two chiropractors in the area to earn this distinction. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wills, you can contact him at his practice, Wills Chiropractic, by clicking here or calling 239-331-6060.
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