Numbness and tingling conditions are conditions that can affect people of all ages. Most commonly, numbness or tingling results from underlying nerve compression conditions. Other times, blood flow is restricted to the affected area for a variety of medical reasons.
Paresthesia — the pins and needles feeling we get when our foot falls asleep — is the most common type of numbness and tingling. In isolated incidents, such as falling asleep on your arm and waking up to it numb, paresthesia is normal.
However, if paresthesia occurs regularly without obvious explanations, or if it happens to last more than a few minutes, it can be a symptom of a serious underlying condition. These conditions can include a herniated disc, nerve trauma, inflammation, vitamin deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, toxins and more.
Dysesthesia is another condition related to feeling numbness or tingling, although it is much rarer than paresthesia. Sufferers can have extreme nervous system reactions to normal stimuli, such as feeling like your hand is burning when you rest it on a flat surface.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Numbness and Tingling
Chiropractic practitioners specialize in making skeletal adjustments to relieve nerve compression. By analyzing the curvature of the spine and other elements such as the resting angle between the scapula (shoulder blade) and spine, chiropractic experts can then delineate a care plan that eliminates the root cause of numbness and tingling symptoms.
For instance, the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine describes one case of a woman in her mid-40s presenting with weakness and numbness in her pinky, ring finger and middle finger of her right arm. An assessment was performed, determining that the woman most likely had a common condition known as “ulnar nerve compression.” After 11 therapy sessions and a regimen of home exercises and improved working posture habits, the woman’s symptoms resolved completely.
Other cases of numbness and tingling may be rooted in spinal subluxations, abnormal curvatures that result from poor posture or injury. By correcting these subluxations through a scheduled care regimen, your chiropractor can alleviate root causes of numbness and tingling such as nerve compression and provide suggestions on how to avoid them in the future.
If you are currently concerned about chronic numbness or tingling sensations, you can book an appointment for an assessment with Providence Chiropractic in Fort Mill today.