We’ve all experienced a foot “falling asleep” or an accidental elbow bump that leaves the entire arm feeling like rubber. You might even feel those “pins and needles” after accidentally sleeping in a strange position. And while these conditions are quick to pass, chronic numbness or tingling in extremities can be a sign of more serious health problems.
A lack of sensation in the fingers, hands, arms, legs, or feet may be related to conditions like diabetes, migraine headaches, thyroid problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, seizures, or stroke. Because of the severity of some of these conditions, it’s imperative to seek the advice of a medical professional.
Explaining your chronic numbness should set off alarm bells with your physician and the first place they should be concerned with is your spine. The spine is the center of your nervous system and is usually connected to any numbness you might be experiencing in the extremities. And, given that a chiropractor is an expert in spinal health, visiting one after receiving a medical diagnosis could leave you well-positioned to address the issue.
The team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, Wallace, and Clinton, NC understands the major role your spine plays in nerve health. We’re prepared to help you address chronic numbness where vertebral compression is concerned.
Determining the root cause of the problem
Numbness and tingling are quite often rooted in nerve compression. The case for this boils down to spinal misalignment: translation, subluxation, or slippage of vertebrae, causing nerve signals to become impeded. A variety of spine-centric conditions can cause this sensation, including:
- Slipped spinal disc;
- Neck injury;
- Spinal stenosis;
- Nerve damage.
As you can see, the causes are often unrelated to the spot where the numbness or tingling persists. The spine is often a major player in this condition because it is critical to your central nervous system. Nerve signals travel from other parts of the body up the spine to the brain. Even small subluxations in the vertebral discs are liable to cause serious health problems.
The role of chiropractic care
Musculoskeletal experts like chiropractors understand the relationship of nerves, bones, and muscles as they work together. Nowhere is this synergy more evident than the spine, and nowhere is there more potential for trouble when it comes to injuries and their symptoms. Chiropractors are trained in restoring nerve pathways through spinal manipulation, which is equivalent to hitting the reset button on your central nervous system. Unlike medication, chiropractic doesn’t just mask the pain; it treats the underlying condition. It can be a long-term, effective solution to numbness or tingling in the extremities because it works to re-open nerve pathways.
In addition to addressing subluxations, a chiropractor may explore other treatment options to restore spinal integrity. These include therapeutic massage, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, or trigger point therapy.
Restoring your sense of feeling
Realizing you can’t feel your extremities or going through life without your full tactile senses is no way to life. Worse yet, you could be ignoring clear and obvious warning signs from your body when it comes to impending health issues. It’s important to act fast, as soon as you realize chronic numbness or tingling.
Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, Wallace, and Clinton, NC has extensive experience in treating a variety of nerve disorders. Through our Chiropractic BioPhysics (BCP) approach to spinal assessment and treatment, we observe the unique spine health of our patients. This enables us to treat the unique person, not just the condition. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation, to learn more about what chronic numbness or tingling might mean for you.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.