Everyone knows that uncomfortable feeling when your foot “falls asleep” after sitting with your legs crossed for too long. Sometimes your foot might be numb at first when you try to move it. You will likely start to feel tingling in your foot and lower leg once you start trying to move it again. That kind of experience can happen every now and then and might bother you for less than five minutes before you feel back to normal.
But what about those times when tingling and numbness last longer than that? It can be a very scary experience if you notice your hand or foot has gone numb. The tingling sensation can be incredibly uncomfortable and painful, often referred to as “pins and needles” because of how unpleasant it feels. If you notice that numbness and tingling keep happening in the same place, know that you are not alone and that a Rochester Hills chiropractor can help.
Chiropractic Care for Numbness and Tingling
If you notice the pins and needles feeling doesn’t easily go away after removing external pressure on the area, like having your legs crossed or sleeping on your side, then there may be an internal reason. An issue with or injury to your spine can put pressure on nearby nerves that communicate with other parts of your body, like your hands or feet. A chiropractor will identify any potential misalignments in your neck or back that might be putting pressure on a nerve and causing the uncomfortable numbness and tingling. After a gentle chiropractic adjustment, the vertebrae in your neck will be properly aligned and your nerve can communicate healthily again.
You may notice lower back pain in addition to feeling numbness and tingling, which could be a sign that of a spinal injury affecting the muscles and nerves in your lower back. A misalignment in your lower back can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, which can then send painful tingling feelings down your leg all the way to your toes. This is called sciatica and can be so painful that you can’t go about your daily routine like normal. Your chiropractor can help relieve this pinched nerve pain and alleviate the tingling sensations by realigning the vertebrae in your lower back.
True Correction and Long-Term Relief
When you see a chiropractor for numbness and tingling, they may use a combination of chiropractic adjustments to reposition the vertebrae in your spine. Neurologically-based adjustments will help to restore blood flow and improve healthy communication from your brain and nerves to the rest of your body, which helps you to function at your best.
No matter how long your tingling and numbness lasts, talk to the chiropractors at Vitality Precision Chiropractic to learn how you can experience true correction of issues and find relief from discomfort and pain. Dr. Brendan Shanahan and Dr. Thomas Madigan in Rochester Hills are neurologically-based chiropractors who understand how uncomfortable these sensations can be and want to help you find relief. Contact them and their team at Vitality Precision Chiropractic today and learn more about how chiropractic care will benefit you!