Numbness Tingling

How Chiropractic Care Helps You Heal Numbness and Tingling

Whatever your age, numbness and tingling (sometimes referred to as “pins and needles”) in your arms, legs, feet, hands, fingers or anywhere, can hit you at anytime. Generally, pressure on the nerves is the cause of this problem and rarely is it due to an obstruction in blood flow. Fortunately, chiropractic care has proved to be very effective with numbness and tingling.


There are two main types:

  1. Paresthesia: Is a “pins and needles” sensation which is normally not painful.
  2. Dysesthesia: Is more of a painful, itchy, burning, or restrictive sensation usually caused by nerve damage and mostly associated with neurological conditions.


Blood flow problems related to “pins and needles” in the extremities is rare and usually associated with young males who smoke.  Normally, the pins and needles feeling is due to a nerve communication issue like when you fall asleep with your arm at an unnatural angle or sit on the toilet for too long.

Normally the sensation will resolve itself rather quickly, but there can be other underlying problems if it continues or happens frequently.  Possible causes could be:

  • Herniated disc or other conditions exerting pressure on spinal nerves
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tumors, infections, or enlarged blood vessels exerting pressure on peripheral nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Neurologic Disorder
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Spinal Disc Lesions
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Renal Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Diabetes
  • Calcium Deficiency
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency
  • Alcoholism

Case Study Highlighting Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care

Here are two case studies which show how chiropractic care helped patients overcome the tingling and numbness.

  1. A 24 year old woman presented with occasional Paresthesia (pins and needles like sensation) in her right arm for almost 2 years, which was also a reason for her insomnia. However, after just a week of chiropractic sessions consisting of vibration stimulation therapy, spinal manipulation and laser therapy she reported she no longer experienced the Paresthesia.

  1. Another study included 162 radiculopathy patients (patients with nerve pain). It was observed that 85% of people recover from their tingling, numbness, and nerve pain with an average of only nine chiropractic sessions.

Chiropractic Care for Numbness and Tingling

Your chiropractor will take some x-rays to help diagnose the underlying cause of your problem. Depending on the severity of your issue, your chiropractor may suggest several other tests.

The Chiropractic method focuses on restoring the body’s natural order (called: homeostasis) and ensuring the optimal functioning of your nervous system. Your chiropractor may perform spinal manipulations (spinal adjustments), suggest spinal decompression therapy and provide you with instructions on how to properly stretch at home to maintain and improve your health. The exact treatment will vary from patient to patient.

Bottom Line

Chiropractic care is a painless, natural, safe and effective method for reducing or removing numbness and tingling and does not need drugs.

Talk with Dr. Paul Daigle, a chiropractor with more than 27 years experience, yourself and find out how he can help you. Visit Central Street Chiropractic ( ) or give them a call to setup your consultation today.

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