Everyone has experienced some form of tingling or numbness. You might fall asleep in an awkward position, hold your arm out in the same place for too long, or sit the wrong way. When you move, you find your arm is numb or tingly. It’s fallen asleep.

When your arm falls asleep, it can be a little painful and very annoying, but numbness can also be a very serious problem. We rely on our ability to sense touch and to sense pain to navigate life. Without it, we can have trouble doing everyday tasks like walking or using our hands.

What is Numbness?

When our body parts go numb, we usually feel it in one of two ways. It can come with a tingling sensation, sometimes called pins and needles, that overrides our other senses, and you experience a lack of feeling altogether.

Your body experiences the sense of touch and pain through nerves. For example, the nerves in your hands experience the sensation of touch when they encounter something. The nerve sends the signal through your arm, to your spinal cord, and into the brain. Your brain processes the signal, and you experience the sense of touch. Numbness comes from any disruption in that process.

The Causes of Numbness

The most common cause of numbness is a pinched nerve. When you wake up from that awkward sleeping position, and your arm is completely numb, your sleeping position pinched the nerve until you lost feeling in your arm. Fortunately, that kind of numbness is temporary. All you need to do is move your arm to restore feeling.

A pinched nerve can be a long-term problem, too. When the bones in your body are not in perfect alignment, they can pinch the nerve. This isn’t just a spinal problem. It can happen anywhere in the body from the neck down to the toes.

Other medical conditions can cause numbness. Metabolic conditions, like diabetes, can cause someone’s extremities to go numb. Brain injury, like a stroke, can also cause numbness.

If you feel numbness that doesn’t go away after a few minutes, you should contact your chiropractor to get an evaluation. You don’t want to leave a problem untreated.

The Treatment of Numbness

A chiropractor is the best option to treat a pinched nerve. Your chiropractor will evaluate the entire nerve pathway from the affected body part, through the spine, and into the head to ensure the nerves are working correctly. You may receive a spinal adjustment to correct alignment problems in your back and neck.

Many people assume that a chiropractor focuses only on the spine, but your chiropractor will also examine the alignment of the bones extending out from the spine as well. If your hand is numb, your practitioner will ensure the neck, shoulder, arm, and wrist are aligned correctly.

For other conditions that cause numbness, your chiropractor will often administer spinal adjustments as well as muscle stimulation.

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