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The Causes of Numbness and Tingling in Arms and Legs

Written By Coastal Integrative Health on November 20, 2013

The Causes of Numbness and Tingling in Arms and Legs

Numbness and Tingling, also known by its medical term paresthesia, are the uncomfortable prickling sensations most commonly noticed in the arms, legs, hands, and feet. Many things can cause this sensation, from sitting with legs crossed or including symptoms of diseases like multiple sclerosis. For most individuals, occasional tingling in the extremities is no reason for alarm, as it is a result from staying in the same position for too long. A great example is falling asleep with your head on your arm and experiencing numbness in your fingers from pressure on the ulnar nerve.

More serious causes of tingling and numbness include:

pinched nerves in the neck or back
herniated back discs
seafood toxins
Reynaud’s phenomenon or other reason for poor blood flow (diabetes)
hypothyroidism
carpal tunnel syndrome
frostbite in cold weather
For athletic persons, numbness or tingling in the feet or hands usually results from an acute or chronic injury that does damage to a nerve. Golfers may experience pinched neck or back nerves related to their golf swing. Chronic injuries result from repeated motion, and usually simply require rest and other light rehabilitation to correct. Acute injuries result from a specific moment of injury and may require further treatment and rehabilitation.

As with any potential injury, contact a professional health care provider if you have lingering numbness and tingling. Chiropractic care at Coastal Integrative Health can help address numbness and tingling by restoring normal joint function through soft tissue and joint manipulation. This restoration of normal biomechanical function will also affect other systems of the body and improve your health in additional ways.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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