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Posted on 08-15-2016
It is not uncommon for an individual to experience occasional random episodes of numbness or tingling in extremities such as their foot or hand. After all, almost everyone has experienced a time when their foot "went to sleep" after having been in one position for a long period of time. Once a person shifts positions and moves their foot, the nerves in their foot become uncompressed and are able to freely send messages back and forth to the brain.
However, if a person experiences numbness or tingling on a fairly regular basis, this is a sign that nerve compression is also occurring on a regular basis and this is not normal. Common areas for chronic numbness or tingling can occur in the hands, the arms, the legs or the feet. There are a multitude of issues that cause numbness. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often the culprit of numbness in the hands and those with diabetes often complain of numbness in their feet. Pinched nerves along the spine can cause numbness and tingling in the upper and lower extremities as well.
Anyone who experiences reoccurring episodes of numbness or tingling should have their condition evaluated. Compressed nerves interfere with the proper communication signals that must occur between the brain and the rest of the body. Without treatment, pinched nerves can result in weakness of an extremity and in severe cases, could result in a significant reduction or loss of the use of a limb.
For more information on how chiropractic care can address issues with numbness or tingling, please contact us.
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