If you’ve ever had a leg or arm fall asleep while you were sitting or sleeping in a strange position, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The numbness, tingling, and pins and needles are frustrating and you do whatever you can to get the blood moving again to reduce that strange feeling. Maybe you’ve felt that numbness or tingling at other times or in different parts of your body that didn’t “fall asleep” and you’ve tried to get rid of it unsuccessfully. While this strange feeling may not be a huge concern when it happens rarely, if it is recurring or impacts your physical comfort or day to day quality of life, something more serious might be going on. The good news is that you have access to a natural, safe, and effective treatment right around the corner with your Cape Coral chiropractors Dr. Omar Clark and Dr. Taylor Van Horn.
What Causes Tingling and Numbness?
When tingling occurs randomly and infrequently, it’s not usually much reason for concern. Maybe something is pinched slightly and needs to be stretched out, or maybe you slept funny or sat in a weird position for too long. But when these feelings are more frequent, more severe, last a long time, or are in the same location over and over, it’s best to get checked out by your Cape Coral upper cervical chiropractor. Paresthesia is the medical term relating to the prickling sensation many of us have felt before, but when it becomes more frequent, it can be coined as chronic. It can be caused by an underlying neurological condition, nerve damage, strokes, inflammation of the spinal cord (transverse myelitis) or brain (encephalitis), nerve entrapment syndromes (like carpal tunnel), pinched nerves, radiculopathy (a compressed nerve in the spine), multiple sclerosis, and more. Getting to the root cause of your numbness and tingling is a vital part of correcting the problem and effectively getting rid of the issue.
How Does Chiropractic Alleviate These Sensations?
The majority of the possible causes of this uncomfortable feeling deals with the nerves. Since upper cervical chiropractic care deals with the central nervous system and is neurologically-based, it is extremely effective in reducing prickling sensations across the body. When the spine is in proper alignment, blood flow is improved, nerves are not compressed or pinched, and all the signals from the brain can travel along the appropriate pathways to help the body function well. If there is any sort of interruption in those signals, dysfunction occurs, sometimes in the form of numbness, prickling, and tingling. Cape Coral chiropractic care can remove misalignments of the spine and improve overall body function, relieving those uncomfortable sensations and improving your overall health. Multiple studies have proven the efficacy of chiropractic care for this issue, including one in which a woman saw a complete resolution of symptoms after just two chiropractic visits. Another study found that 80% of people in a study on radiculopathy experienced relief from numbness and prickling feelings after nine chiropractic visits.
Cape Coral chiropractors Dr. Taylor Van Horn and Dr. Omar Clark would love to serve you and your family with upper cervical chiropractic care to improve your overall health and quality of life. Visit them at Experience Family Chiropractic today or contact them for more information.
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