Numbness and tingling are abnormal sensations which occur mostly in the limbs but can also affect other parts of the body. They are also referred to as Sensory Loss or Paresthesia. In layman’s terms we call this feeling "pins and needles" on the arms or that the hands or legs have "fallen asleep". This is a very common occurrence that affects most of us from time to time but is usually very transient and has no lasting effects. However, if these sensations are persistent then your case is chronic and you need immediate medical guidance.
Since this is not a regular illness which can go away with some prescription meds you need alternative care which will intervene in these abnormalities and restore normalcy. Chiropractic treatment for numbness and tinglinggive you this care without fear of any side-effects or untoward repercussions.
Numbness or tingling can affect both hands in some patients though it is usually one in most. The sensation can be intermittent or persistent depending on the level of seriousness. In the beginning the feeling creeps in gradually but as the condition worsens it can affect suddenly anywhere though it is more prominent during the night. It is usually relieved by rest and relaxation but in severe cases medical intervention is needed. In severe cases it slowly gives way to burning limb pain and weakness restricting normal movements. At times one can also feel a stiff neck accompanied by pain. Tell your doctor you exact symptoms when you go in for numbness and tingling treatment.
Conditions that can cause numbness and tingling
- Injury to neck or upper shoulder
- Repetitive use of a limb
- Remaining in the same position for a long time
- Injury or pressure on a nerve
- Herniated disk leading to pressure on the spinal nerves
- Poor blood flow to the limb
- Side effects from certain medications
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Exposure from radiation therapy
- Excess smoking and alcohol intake
- Abnormal levels of calcium, potassium, or sodium
Medical conditions that can lead to numbness and tingling are:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- Underactive thyroid
Apart from physical disorders, your mental state may be the cause of these sensations that you feel from time to time. Anxiety, panic, fear and extreme stress can of numbness and tingling that you increasingly feel during these times. As you can see the unconventionality of the condition does not give traditional medicine much scope to treat it well. What you need is alternative numbness and tingling treatmentwhich can not just treat these symptoms but try to uncover and treat the conditions that cause them.
Chiropractic treatment for numbness and tingling
After a series of tests the doctor tries to determine whether it is a physical condition or mental stress that is causing the numbness and tingling sensations. Chiropractic adjustments are then made to soothe the nerves and restore normal communication between the spine and body.
This treatment also involves clinical nutrition which steers patients to a more healthy and focused diet to balance the deficiencies and provide the right level of nutrition. This is very important to ensure that all the cells are receiving their proper sustenance and functioning well. In serious cases the application of functional neurology is required to correct the imbalances in the Central Nervous System.Written by: +Tony Salamay