Numbness and tingling can affect any area of the body but are most often felt in the hands, feet, fingers, legs and arms. While occasional numbness and tingling due to sleeping in awkward positions or sitting on your legs is normal, chronic numbness and tingling occurring for no reason needs addressed by your South Florida chiropractor.
Causes of Numbness and Tingling
To determine the cause of numbness and tingling, chiropractors will ask about your medical history, if you are currently taking medications, when you began noticing symptoms and what kind of lifestyle/job tasks you do regularly. In some cases, your chiropractor may want imaging tests done to provide more information needed to make an accurate diagnose.
Nerve compression is the most common reason people experience numbness and tingling in their feet, legs, hands and fingers. Your spine is composed of 24 bony vertebrae cushioned by discs that prevent vertebrae from grinding against each other when you move. Extending out from your spine are millions of nerves reaching into every part of the body. When vertebrae move out of their normal positions and press against nerve roots or a bulging disc compresses nerves, numbness and tingling may occur as nerves become irritated and inflamed.
The reason why a compressed nerve causes numbness, tingling and sometimes pain is because external pressure inhibits the ability of nerve axons to send messages called action potentials. If nerve compression isn’t relieved with chiropractic techniques, nerve damage and scarring could cause permanent numbness and tingling.
Uncontrolled blood glucose levels will eventually damage nerves as glucose “coats” nerves and destroys their ability to function normally. In addition to numbness and tingling, people with diabetic neuropathy may feel pain in their feet and lower legs. Eating right, taking medication as prescribed and receiving massage therapy from your South Florida chiropractor can help relieve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Other conditions causing numbness and tingling include:
Auto accident injury
Pressure on nerves due to tumors, infection or scar tissue
Herpes zoster/shingles infection
Abnormal amounts of sodium, potassium or calcium in the body
Congenital problems affecting nerves
How Your South Florida Chiropractor Treats Numbness and Tingling
Adjustments are manually performed by chiropractors to gently move vertebrae back into place so they are no longer pressing against nerve roots. Adjustments are not painful although you may hear cracking sound called “joint cavitation” that indicates successful release of a buildup of nitrogen and oxygen within spinal joints. When these gases are released during an adjustment, pressure is reduced within joints that leads to the dissolution of gases and the emergence of a “bubble”. The popping sound heard is simply the bubble collapsing and the joint returning to normal but without the buildup of gases.
Realigning the spine not only eliminates many types of back, neck and shoulder pain but may also alleviate other conditions such as migraines, upper leg pain and whiplash. Your chiropractor in South Florida recommends periodic adjustments to possibly help reduce your risk of disorders exacerbated by a misaligned spine (fibromyalgia, arthritis, sports injuries) and to keep all body systems operating at peak efficiency. In fact, many painful conditions treated by physicians prescribing medications offering only temporary respite from pan can often be alleviated with spinal adjustments.
An effective kind of traction therapy, decompression therapy increases the space between vertebrae by creating less intradiscal pressure to promote repositioning of bulging/herniated disc material. By reducing pressure on vertebral discs, an influx of oxygenated blood and beneficial nutrients can reach the disc to decrease nerve inflammation and improve overall spinal functioning.
Combining adjustments or decompression therapy with massage therapy accelerates healing of nerves and discs by improving blood flow to the affected area and releasing endorphins to help alleviate pain.
If you suffer numbness and tingling in your hands, feet or legs, your vertebrae may be out of place and need repositioned to remove pressure off sensitive spinal nerves. Call Back to Mind to schedule an appointment with a South Florida chiropractor today. We have locations in Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Hollywood, and Tamarac Fl