Everybody is familiar with the numbness and tingling caused by sitting in one position or sleeping on an arm, hand, or foot too long. Ungloved hands exposed to intense cold may become numb and tingle as the blood tries to flow through constricted vessels. While temporary numbness and tingling is a common response to external stimuli like pressure or coldness, frequent or constant symptoms should receive numbness and tingling treatment in Columbus at Driver Chiropractic.
Nerve compression (pinched nerves) reduces sensation to areas of the body that are supplied by the affected nerves. The scientific explanation for why nerve compression causes them involves the lack of fresh blood needed to send signals to the brain. Without the oxygen and nutrients provided by fresh blood, your brain interprets this shortage of signals as numbness or tingling. Sometimes this is referred to as “paresthesia”.
Conditions likely causing recurring numbness, tingling, and burning sensations include:
Located in the lower (lumbar) region of the back, the radicular nerve may be compressed when a vertebral disc bulges against the nerve. The sciatic nerve could also be irritated by a bulging disc in your lower back. Symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy are pain radiating in either buttock, in one or both legs, and pain that worsens after sitting for a long time. Numbness chiropractor Dr. Driver offers rapid relief of these symptoms using evidence-based chiropractic techniques.
When vertebrae are not aligned correctly (subluxation), one or more vertebrae could press against and inflame nerves extending from the spine. An upper cervical subluxation is the misalignment of vertebrae in the upper back and neck. In addition to numbness and tingling affecting the extremities, subluxation may also cause dizziness, migraines, and intense neck pain that interferes with completing daily activities.
Aging, osteoarthritis, and simple wear-and-tear may lead to the narrowing of the opening at the base of the spine. Nerves running throughout the spine and out the bottom of the spine can be compressed by this narrowing. Symptoms of spinal stenosis involve numbness and tingling in the lower back, radiating pain, and muscle weakness.
Located where the hand and arm connect to make the wrist, the carpal tunnel is a tiny opening through which the median nerve extends from the upper arm into the hands and fingers. Painters, keyboardists, assembly line workers, and individuals who regularly engage in the repetitious movement of the hands and fingers often develop numbness, tingling, pain, and stiffness in their wrists and fingers. Numbness and tingling treatment in Columbus at Driver Chiropractic relieve carpal nerve compression by reducing inflammation within the carpal tunnel.
Adjustments to realign the spinal column, decompression therapy, and therapeutic massage therapy are just a few of the techniques Dr. Driver uses on patients needing numbness and tingling treatment. An adjustment is a manually guided procedure that gently moves vertebrae into their correct positions to relieve nerve compression. In addition to easing pain, numbness, and tingling, adjustments work well to reduce symptoms of whiplash, migraine, sports injuries, and arthritis.
Decompression therapy creates space between vertebrae to reposition bulging disc material and nerve compression. With pressure removed from nerves, fresh blood and nutrients can once again flow freely to areas of the spine where nerve inflammation exists.
Therapeutic massage is sometimes combined with decompression therapy or adjustments to quicken the healing of irritated nerves or vertebral discs by stimulating blood flow to the damaged area. Chiropractic massage therapy may also be used alone to treat occasional numbness and tingling due to peripheral neuropathy and improper sitting/posture.
Chiropractic medicine is a whole-person, holistic approach to keeping you feeling your best throughout all seasons of your life. As a patient at Driver Chiropractic, you won't be prescribed pills or have a doctor recommend surgery for your medical problem. Instead, Dr. Driver will listen carefully to your symptoms, review your medical history, and give you a comprehensive examination to deliver an accurate diagnosis. From there, Dr. Driver will create a personalized chiropractic treatment plan specially designed to address your numbness, tingling, and pain.
Start improving your quality of life today by calling (402)-270-1062 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Driver.