When you experience any type of numbness or tingling, or “pins and needles sensation,” throughout any part of the body, it may be directly linked with your spinal nerves. Starting out it can seem relatively harmless but if left untreated, can lead to some serious consequences. Spinal nerves that are pinched or irritated in some manner may be directly related to the tingling or numb sensations you feel in areas of your body. Generally, the sensations will be felt in specific parts of the body like the tips of fingers or your hand or foot but the nerves can also affect your whole leg or arm area.

What Causes Tingling and Numbness?

There are several issues that can cause numb or tingly sensations in the body. Any major injury where the spine has been traumatized is a factor. Also, complicating factors like disc injuries or arthritis can bring about these symptoms. Commonly, we find that numbness and tingling is often caused by a vertebral misalignment, also called a subluxation, which is causing irritation to the nerve of the affected area.

What Are the Treatment Options?

If the numbness or tingling sensations aren’t properly dealt with, the pain will continue to return and each time it will last a bit longer or hurt a bit worse. If left totally untreated, the condition can actually become permanent.

This problem can be treated by correcting the spine to prevent further irritation on the nerve. A chiropractor will work to restore normal position and motion to the spine through specific manipulation or “Chiropractic adjustments.” Often in our clinic we will utilize soft tissue techniques to help mobilize the affected area and greater influence the healing process. The best thing you can do is act as fast as the symptoms start so you can find the treatment you need before the condition worsens.