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Most people have probably experienced numbness and tingling before, as it happens when you sit too long or sleep on your hands all night. That “pins-and-needles” feeling, generally in the extremities, is a condition called paresthesia. It usually occurs when pressure is on the nerves or the arteries providing blood to the nerves.
In most cases, the feeling is temporary. However, if the uncomfortable sensation doesn’t easily go away after removing external pressure on the area, then there may be an internal reason. The cause of numbness and tingling can be helped with regular chiropractic care because, for many, the potential causes have to do with nerve trauma and spine issues.
Causes of Numbness & Tingling
Although health issues like diabetes, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and carpal tunnel syndrome come with having the uncomfortable sensation in your legs and arms, another common reason is related to your nerves. Numbness and tingling in the extremities are a common sign of spinal misalignment. This condition can irritate and add tension to fragile nerves and cut off circulation which, in turn, can cause numbness or tingling.
How Chiropractic Care Helps
Since numbness and tingling are usually associated with nerve compression, chiropractic care could be extremely beneficial as it focuses on treating the nervous system, including the spinal column.
- Chiropractors perform physical exams and imaging tests, like an X-ray or MRI, to identify any potential spine misalignments that might be causing the discomfort.
- When seeing a chiropractor, they may use a combination of hands-on spinal manipulation and instrument-assisted adjustments to realign your spine. Spinal realignment helps restore blood circulation and relieve pressure on the nerves causing paresthesia.
How We Can Help
USFHP offers new, chiropractic care integrative health solutions. Members can receive 12 annual chiropractic care visits with our TRICARE Prime plan. USFHP’s integrative health benefits emphasize holistic wellness, and that includes your everyday comfort and mobility.
Remember, it is important to seek advice from a doctor who can accurately diagnose the cause before preparing a treatment plan.
Visit usfhp.net or call 1-800-241-4848 for more information or assistance scheduling a one-on-one appointment.