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We've seen a spike in the amount of people coming into the office struggling with numbness and tingling in their arms and hands. There can be a number of different reasons, most of which are easy to treat! We will outline some of the reasons for this problem in addition to some treatment options we have in our office.Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
There are a number of different reasons why someone may be struggling with this problem.One of my patients was baking for the holidays in December which involved using the hand mixer for extended periods of time resulting in overuse of the muscles in her shoulders. This resulted in what could be termed, "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome." The muscles around her shoulder blades were starting to compress the brachial plexus nerve causing a numbness and tingling sensation in the whole arm. This also affects the rotator cuff muscles, especially the subscapularis muscle which gets engorged with blood, causing trigger points which creates numbness and tingling down into the arm and hand.
Have you been driving or riding in a vehicle more than normal? This activity can cause increased numbness and tingling in the hands and arms. This could be anything from issues in the hands, elbows or shoulders all the way up to your neck. It's typically difficult to determine the root cause at first glance which is why we have different screening processes at All Seasons Full Body Chiropractic to help narrow down exactly what's causing your problem.
Another activity that creates numbness and tingling in the hands and arms is snow shoveling resulting in stressing and straining the muscles in the forearm and shoulders.
Sleeping in a Different Bed or Position
If you have recently traveled for work or leisure, you are sleeping in a different bed or on a couch putting your body in poor sleeping positions. This can kink your neck causing stress on some of the nerves that are resting on the spine. If this occurred, you will want to get it checked out by a chiropractor. Typically, if caught soon enough, it will be a short treatment plan.
Home Testing On Source of Numbness and Tingling
There is a simple test you can do to determine the origin of the numbness and tingling in your arms and hands. (See video below) Place your hands together for ten seconds and notice if you start to feel numbness and tingling in your hands. If you are, it's probably something that's happening right at the wrist such as a carpal tunnel issue.
The other test is to flip your hands over and compress them where they’re upside down. (See video) If your hands begin to feel numb and tingly, there is a good chance you're having some problems at the wrist. Hanging onto a steering wheel can cause the muscles in the forearms to get really tight. When this occurs, it's actually a problem with the forearm muscles or elbow. When the roads are icy, we tend to tense our body when we drive. This includes the way we hang onto the steering wheel. When we white knuckle the steering wheel, that is when we will notice the numbness and tingling because the nerves are getting tethered to the muscles and causing tingling down to the hands.
For most people, these problems are short-lived. However, if the numbness and tingling doesn't go away, then it's something that needs to get evaluated further. We provided a number of different treatment options for numbness and tingling in the extremities. Also see our article on Upper Crossed Syndrome.
Our office provides a number of different modalities to provide relief for this problem. We work with injuries caused by sports injuries, motor vehicle collisions, pinched nerves, bulging discs, carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve impingements, muscle strains, arm and hand pain, leg and foot pain and shoulder pain to name a few.
Our K-Laser Therapy has been a very effective tool in managing pain and inflammation and our office is the only office in the Fargo/Moorhead metro area to offer this innovative treatment option. We also provide full body traction therapy which has been helpful to relieve symptoms of numbness and tingling in the arms and hands.
All Seasons Full Body Chiropractic Center takes a full body approach to pain relief. We begin with a full examination through full body testing. On your first visit we conduct a number of different tests so we are confident we are treating the root cause of your problem. Manual Muscle Testing, a Posture Screening and a MyoVision Stress Report are just some of the tests we perform.
If you have some of these conditions going on and you're looking for a Fargo chiropractor, phone or email the office and let us know what's going on. Call us at (701) 356-0016.
Our treatment process includes the following steps:
1. Initial Pain Relief Care and Elimination of Numbness and Tingling in the extremities.
2. Corrective Care Program to help restore your full body to its normal alignment.
3. Supportive Care Treatment Plan options to help keep you out of pain while allowing you to enjoy life.
4. Preventative Care so you can maintain those gains and prevent potential future issues before they happen.
We also provide special treatment options if you believe your symptoms are a result of Peripheral Neuropathy. (Click Here For Education About Numbness & Tingling Related to Peripheral Neuropathy)
If this sounds like the full body care you are looking for and wish to relieve your symptoms of numbness and tingling in your arms and hands or legs and feet, give us a call or contact us through our website at http://drpaulbekkum.com.
We want to get you back to doing what moves you!