What To Do When Your Extremities Feel Cold Regularly

I am not a fan of cold weather. I never have been, and I never will be. I’m pretty blunt about the topic because when it comes right down to it, I just can’t stand the discomfort that comes along with feeling chilly or damp all the way down to the bones. Seriously, I’ll trade in a white Christmas for year round sun any day.

Even though I have since relocated to a much warmer and sunnier climate than the one I grew up in, I can’t ignore the fact that there are certain temporary health conditions that may cause sensations of feeling abnormally or unnaturally cold. Besides the more common culprits, such as the cold, a fever, or the flu, in which chills can wrack your body, these unusual bouts of coldness tend to affect the extremities, even if the rest of your body is perfectly healthy. As I learned from a very informative article by Chiropractic Now, there are two major causes of coldness in the extremities – and fortunately, both are very easy to treat.

If you have been noticing an increased amount of coldness in the extremities, it may be as simple as the fact that you just aren’t getting proper circulation in the area. What prevents proper circulation in the body? There are a number of factors that can cause this issue, from obesity, high blood pressure, a blockage in an artery, and cardiovascular disease, which are the most common causes. If you are at risk for even just one of these health issues, or if you have been correctly diagnosed with one or more of these health conditions, it is very important for you to see your primary healthcare provider right away in order to discuss your symptoms and to start getting the treatment you need. If all of these causes are ruled out, you may just be experiencing too much stress.

As simple as that sounds, stress really can cause you a number of health problems, such as cold extremities. This is because stress sometimes causes the blood vessels to constrict, which, you guessed it, impedes proper circulation to your outer extremities such as your hands and feet. Many patients who experience cold extremities often report finding relief from chiropractic. Chiropractic adjustments have been scientifically proven to actually lower levels of stress in the body. Spinal manipulations can also improve heart health and may even reduce blood pressure levels, which will restore circulation and warm up your extremities.  

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