Chiropractic Care for Raynaud’s
If you’re like most Rochester Hills residents, you’re constantly trying to stay warm in this colder climate. But you might have experienced some strange symptoms because of the cold climate. Do tingly, white, or blue fingers or toes sound familiar? These symptoms can be scary, but they might be a non-serious condition called Raynaud’s disease. Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan at Vitality Precision Chiropractic are here to help manage this cold-weather-inducing issue.
What Is Raynaud’s Disease?
Raynaud’s disease is a disorder that causes parts of your body, usually the fingers and toes, to feel numb and cold. This numbing and cold sensation is caused by blood vessels in affected areas narrowing, which limits the blood flow to those areas.
Symptoms include cold fingers or toes, color changes in your skin in response to cold or stress, and numbness, prickly feelings, or stinging pain upon warming or stress relief. During an “attack,” the affected areas typically turn white first, then can turn blue as they begin to feel cold and numb. As circulation improves, affected areas can then turn red and begin to tingle and throb. It can take up to 15 minutes for blood flow to return.
What Causes Raynaud’s?
There’s no one cause for Raynaud’s and doctors are still unsure as to why it shows up when it does, but there are some risk factors that doctors have identified. Women are affected more than men, and the disorder usually appears between the ages of 15 and 30. People in cold climates are usually affected more, as are those with a family history of Raynaud’s.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
There are some simple, short-term ways to manage Raynaud’s and minimize symptoms. Soaking your hands and feet in warm water, wearing warm clothes and socks, warming up your car before you drive, and bundling up when you go out all help keep blood circulating properly.
But for long-term holistic care and relief, chiropractic care can be an effective way to manage blood flow issues that cause Raynaud’s flare-ups. Spinal misalignments can cause all sorts of issues with the central nervous system, which controls all your bodily functions and systems. If your nervous system isn’t functioning properly, your body can misfire and miscommunicate, leaving you at an increased risk of many disorders, including Raynaud’s. Raynaud’s can also be a symptom of an underlying disordered sympathetic nervous system. A chiropractic evaluation from the doctors at Vitality Precision Chiropractic can identify and correct misalignments, thus restoring proper nerve communication,
increasing blood flow, and returning the sympathetic nervous system to its proper function. Identifying and adjusting misalignments can result in decreased Raynaud’s attacks, and also promote a generally healthy lifestyle.
If you’re searching for a Rochester Hills chiropractor to help you identify issues and help manage long-term care for Raynaud’s, visit Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan at Vitality Precision Chiropractic for an appointment today!