Numbness/Tingling can occur anywhere in the body. Typically numbness/tingling is most frequently felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet.
A large portion of the adult population suffers from numbness/tingling on a regular basis. This can occur from a number of different causes most commonly from slight pressure being applied to a nerve.
However, sometimes more serious issues can cause numbness/tingling such as diabetes and therefore any patient should be evaluated by their physician to determine the exact cause of their issue.
What is Numbness/Tingling
Numbness and Tingling is often described as a prickly sensation somewhere in the body frequently in the extremities. The “pins and needles” sensation is often more uncomfortable than it is painful however some patients have pain or burning associated with their numbness and tingling.
Episodes can range from infrequent once in a awhile acute cases to chronic constant numbness/tingling that can be very debilitating to activities of daily living. These types of sensations can make it difficult to function and prevents the individual from functioning optimally.
It makes it difficult to focus and can increase stress and anxiety levels greatly. Numbness/tingling is often associated with physical pressure placed on a nerve that causes the sensation.
The sensation can be present alone or can be accompanied by muscle weakness, burning, itching, or pain. Often there are few options to treat this and any medications that would be prescribed to treat inflammation in the hopes that it will remove the pressure being placed on the nerves tend to be inconsistent with results.
Causes of Numbness/Tingling
Numbness/Tingling can be caused by multiple factors. The most common cause of numbness and tingling is pressure being placed on a nerve.
Now this pressure can be placed on the nerve from tightness of muscles or misalignments of bones. This takes place both in the spine and outside of the spine but typically the root cause of these issues is located in the spine. As the bones in the spine become misaligned they will put pressure on the nerves that are extending from the central nervous system to the rest of the body.
As the pressure is placed on these nerves it can cause many issues including pain, loss of function, and numbness/tingling in the portion of the body those nerves are extending too. As we have discussed before everything in the body is controlled by the nervous system. This includes every bone, muscle, cell, and function in the body.
– DR. MARK PETRO
Numbness/Tingling can also be caused by other more serious issues and that’s why it is important to be evaluated to determine the root cause of your particular case of numbness/tingling to determine if chiropractic and the systematic correction of your misalignments is the appropriate course of treatment.
Numbness/Tingling is often described as a “pins and needles” sensation that can be felt anywhere in the body. This can be accompanied with numbness which is a diminished or loss of sensation.
Some patients have a small area of numbness/tingling while others can have it affect a larger area or an entire limb. There are many factors that can affect the severity of the condition and that is why it is important to talk to your doctor to determine the root cause of your particular case of numbness/tingling.
These sensations can also be accompanied by weakness, pain, itching, or atrophy which is the loss of muscle. Any of these issues can indicate a more serious problem and should be evaluated.
Chiropractic and Numbness/Tingling
In our office we will focus on the root of your headache issue. If a patient presents with numbness/tingling we will do a full physical examination of the patient with full history to ensure we gather as much information necessary to determine if the numbness/tingling can be treated and helped with chiropractic adjustments.
If it is determined that the patients numbness/tingling are being caused by misalignments in the spine placing pressure on the nerves that travel to the affected region or increased muscle tension placing pressure on the nerves due to these misalignments than we will continue with care.
If it is determined that there is another cause outside our scope of care the patient will be referred to the appropriate specialist. Typically patients who have positive results with their numbness/tingling through chiropractic care have misalignments in the spine that are putting pressure on the nerves that are exiting the spine.
– DR. MARK PETRO
As we discussed before all the nerves that travel to every region of the body originate in the central nervous system and travel through the spine therefore the root cause of the problem can be traced back to the spine and once it is corrected the body is allowed to function and heal appropriately to resolve the issue.
In the office, I will utilize some of the most advanced technologies available to the chiropractic profession to evaluate your nervous system and how it is functioning. The patient will be objectively scanned with computer technology assessing surface temperature differences on each side of the spine to determine symmetry.
The muscle tension will also be measured on both sides of the spine to determine if one side is producing more energy output to certain muscles, which can indicate a misalignment of the spine at that particular level.
The patients heart rate variability will also be measured to assess if the patient is in a particularly stressed state or relaxed state more frequently which can indicate the bodies ability to handle and manage stress may have dysfunction leading to anxiety and stress taking a toll on the spine.
Finally the patients posture will be analyzed using computer software to assess any abnormal posture that can contribute to increased stress on the surrounding spine and muscles that can lead to faster degeneration and numbness/tingling. During the evaluation if the patient has any signs that indicate the need for x-rays the patient will be referred out before any treatment is given.
Once the evaluation is complete and the Doctor determines the cause of the numbness/tingling the patient will be given recommendations for treatment moving forward.
Once it is determined that the root cause of the numbness/tingling is located in the spine, a custom care plan will be designed and discussed with the patient. A suggested visit plan and time line will be presented to the patient regarding all encompassing care to help the patient get relief from the numbness/tingling as soon and efficiently as possible.
Based on the findings from the initial evaluation the patient will be given a recommendation regarding treatment plan and goals. This treatment plan will take into account not only the plans for treatment inside the office but the plan will also account for daily activities, work habits, and recreational habits to formulate a comprehensive plan for helping the patient achieve the healthiest state possible as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The chiropractic adjustments utilized for numbness/tingling are through a technique known as Torque Release Technique. Torque Release Technique uses an instrument known as The Integrator to deliver specific, effective, and gentle adjustments.
The Integrator is designed to pinpoint the anatomy of the spine and through specificity and acceleration deliver a low force gentle adjustment that has phenomenal results. The patient will be laying face down throughout the entirety of the adjustment and there is no twisting, cracking, or popping associated with the adjustment.
Based on the history of the numbness/tingling as well as the postural analysis completed the patient will be given certain therapies in the office to assist in the correction process as well as at home exercises and ergonomic suggestions to help alleviate the numbness/tingling and correct the root of the problem as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
As the problem is corrected it allows the patients body to heal the issue itself and strengthen itself after the healing to eliminate the issue from future issues.
Torque Release Technique Testimonials for Numbness/Tingling.
Torque Release Technique is effective for all ages and patient demographics. One patient in particular who suffered from numbness/tingling was a 42 year old male who had numbness and tingling in his arm and hand. This was a frequent issue and was sometimes accompanied by sharp pain that would shoot down into his arm and hand.
The patient came in for an evaluation and it was determined that he had several misalignments in the cervical spine as well as a herniated disc. The patient began care with Torque Release Technique as well as other supportive therapies and in just two months stated he felt better than he had in years. The patient has had no recurring bouts of numbness/tingling and is finishing up his care plan to strengthen his cervical spine to avoid future episodes in the future.
Another patient was a 56 year old who had low back pain and numbness/tingling on the front of his thigh and leg. The patient stated this was exacerbated by prolonged standing and that it had been bothering him for years. The patient came in for evaluation and it was determined he had several misalignments in the lumbar spine as well as the pelvis and began care. After just a few months the patient has now been numbness and tingling free for 6 months. After finishing the recommended treatment and care plan the patient now is on a maintenance schedule to avoid future flare ups and has been doing great.
Another patient was a 70 year old male who had numbness in his foot and it resulted in him losing his balance. The patient was very skeptical regarding care this way but decided to get evaluated and give it a try. After just 3 weeks the patient came in for his visit and stated that he had increased sensation on the bottom of his foot for the first time in over a year and that he was able to feel his foot contact the ground helping with his balance while walking on flat ground as well as using stairs. The patient finished his care plan and has been beyond excited about what the return to normalcy has done for his daily activities and lifestyle.