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Pins and needles, cold and numb; descriptive words for a symptom of many root causes. Suffering with numbness and tingling in your body is never a pleasant experience and while many may deal with these symptoms, you may be unaware of what exactly is causing this reaction in your body. It is important to know the possible causes, ranging from harmless to possibly detrimental to your health. we will cover all the possible causes of numbness and tingling in your body and extremities so that you know exactly what is happening in your body and why.
When can numbness and tingling occur?
The answer to this question has several answers. Numbness and tingling in your body can occur and reoccur due to extremely simple causes such as sitting in the wrong position for too long, pinching or putting pressure on a nerve all the way to injuring a nerve causing numbness in the affected area. Some other reasons that could be causing the numbness and tingling in your body could be due to a lack of Vitamin B12, abnormal levels of Calcium, Potassium, or Sodium in your body, lack of blood supply or poor blood flow, or even animal and insect bites, seafood toxins, or Shingles (herpes simplex), with an array of further causes ranging in severity.
What medical conditions may cause numbness and tingling in your body?
Numbness and Tingling may be experienced for common reasons, but can also be followed by a medical disorder. If you have Carpal Tunnel, Diabetes, Migraines, Seizures, an underactive Thyroid or Raynaud's Phenomenon, you may be more prone to feeling numbness and tingling in your body and extremities. From poor blood flow, to low blood sugar, electrical current issues in the brain, and nerve issues in the wrist and hand, it is not uncommon with these particular illnesses to have feelings of pins and needles and cold or numbing touch.
What could numbness and tingling in your body be a red flag for?
While numbness and tingling is commonly experienced by several, for someone who does not regularly go through these sensations, it could serve as a red flag for something much more severe going on. Feeling numbness and tingling in your arms and face could alert you to the signs of a Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack, also known as TIA or "mini stroke", or Multiple Sclerosis; it could even alert you of Diabetes if you are experiencing numbness and tingling in your feet that was not present previously. It is important to pay attention to your body and the signs it is giving you, as it could be something that requires immediate attention.
What are some holistic and natural treatments for numbness and tingling in your body?
Finding the cause of the numbness and tingling is the first step in treating it. Once you have eliminated the need for emergency attention, a few ways to get rid of the discomfort include:
- Massage: Massaging the affected area will bring blood flow back and allow for the blood vessels to relax, relieving the feeling of pins and needles.
- Chiropractic Care: By getting a chiropractic adjustment, not only are you allowing proper movement in your body, but you are relieving the pinched and pressured nerves and eliminating the cause of numbness and tingling in the body.
- Warm Compress: Warm compress will be very similar to massage in the aspect that it will relax and open blood vessels, allowing blood flow to regulate once more, removing discomfort from affected area.
In conclusion, there are several causes of numbness and tingling in your body, although most are harmless. While uncomfortable, you have many options for relief right at your fingertips, within your own home or your local chiropractic office, without costly appointments and medications. Finding the root cause of the numbness and tingling is the most important step to take, but once you have found the cause, treatment can be very simple. Never accept pain or discomfort as a part of your daily routine when holistic management is easily obtainable.
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