The Many Causes Of Numbness (And How Chiropractics May Help)

I don’t remember the very first time my foot “fell asleep”, but I do know that I’ve been aware of the feeling of numbness in the limbs for most of my life.

Most people start to experience a mild form of numbness from a very young age, mostly due to sitting or sleeping in awkward positions for a prolonged period of time. When this happens, circulation may be cut off and nerves may be pinched, which is what eventually leads to that very uncomfortable, and sometimes even slightly painful, feeling of numbness and tingling in the limbs.

Fortunately, in these cases, the only treatment that is required is to simply relieve the unnecessary pressure being placed on the given limb, and the feeling will more than likely subside relatively quickly. However, some people end up experiencing the feeling of numbness or pins and needles with seemingly no apparent cause. Why does this happen, and what can be done to prevent and treat it? Thanks to a helpful article by Chiropractic Now that I recently came across, I can offer up some tips and suggestions.

Numbness in the limbs that isn’t caused by simple pressure is often the result of a pinched nerve. Interestingly enough, a nerve that is pinched in one area of the body can actually end up affecting a completely different area of the body. For example, it is often found that patients who have a pinched nerve in the neck tend to notice tingling and numbness in their arms, rather than the neck area. In a similar manner, a pinched nerve in the lower back will often cause numbness in one or both legs.

Sometimes it is not a pinched nerve, but rather mere inflammation of the joints, that is causing a feeling of numbness in a particular area of the body. Inflammation is often the result of such pain related conditions as arthritis, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Fortunately, chiropractic can help. Simple chiropractic adjustments to the spinal column that are performed on a regular basis by a licensed doctor of chiropractics can gradually work to reduce inflammation in the body and relieve any unnecessary strain or pressure that may be causing a nerve to be pinched. Other supplementary treatments, such as heat or ice therapy (known as thermal therapy and cryotherapy), may be used in order to provide pain relief and treatment of the symptoms. 

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