Numbness and Tingling
What is numbness and what causes it?
Numbness occurs when a sensory nerve becomes impinged limiting its ability to relay information to the brain. Medically, the feeling of having numbness is a condition known as paresthesia. The loss of sensation can be described as a "pins and needles" feeling or a tingling "fallen asleep" sensation.
Causes of Numbness and Tingling
This impingement may have many different causes, the most common being a subluxation (misalignment) of a vertebra or herniated disc. This subluxation can also cause pain throughout the body because of the pressure put on the nerve. Other conditions that may cause numbness as well, but are far less common, include spinal canal stenosis, diabetes, tumors, stroke, etc.
Another common cause of numbness and tingling is nerve entrapment, when traveling through muscle and fascia. This is very common with repetitive movement jobs such as carpentry. A common example is called pronator teres syndrome. With pronator teres syndrome, the median nerve gets entrapped from a hypertonic muscle on the forearm called the pronator teres, causing carpal tunnel like symptoms from the nerve getting pinched off. With manual muscle work such as Active Release or Graston performed to the tight muscle, the nerve is able to flow much easier, relieving symptoms.
Numbness can be short lived or occur for long periods of time depending on the severity of the impingement and possible damage to the nerve. Common areas of numbness include shoulder, arms, leg and feet. In order for the sensation to return the impinged area must be eliminated.
How can we at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic help relieve numbness and tingling?
We at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic take pride in getting to the root of the problem, giving a thorough and honest diagnosis of what is causing our patients symptoms. The doctors at GVC will focus on removing the pressure from the nerve being affected through spinal or extremity joint manipulations, or releasing the tension in the muscle/ fascia that is impinging the nerves causing the numbness and tingling.
Call Gallatin Valley Chiropractic today if you are experiencing numbness or have any questions about your symptoms, and the qualified Doctors of Chiropractic can help!
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