Many cases of tingling and numbness in your hands and legs are temporary, and can usually be traced to sitting or sleeping in the same position for a long period of time. This can cause undue pressure to be exerted on nerves and prevent the flow of blood to a specific area of the body. Nerve and blood vessel pressure can result in the tingling sensation you feel.
If this is the cause of your numbness or tingling, it can generally be resolved by simply standing up and walking around, so that the flow of blood resumes to the affected area. However, there are times when the numbness or tingling is caused by a more long-term problem, and these cases are best handled and treated by a chiropractor adjustment, such as those on the Live Aligned team in Onalaska.
Similar to sleeping or sitting in one position for a long period of time, the way you go about your day at work could be responsible for triggering numbness or tingling in the hands or legs. If you routinely sit at your desk for hours at a time, this could disrupt the flow of blood and nerve energy to certain areas of the body, and you should make a point of occasionally taking posture breaks.
You should also keep your back straight while sitting and avoid slouching over your computer because this is an unnatural position that could cause tingling. You might also develop carpal tunnel from using your computer mouse frequently because it forces the muscles and nerves of your hand into a somewhat strained position, which could disrupt blood and energy flow.
Determining the reason for numbness
When none of these fairly simple causes apply in your case, you still don’t have to live with the constant tingling or burning sensation you feel in your hands or legs. Whatever the cause is, it will very likely involve some kind of nerve interference which can be diagnosed and corrected. Some doctors routinely use a Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) test in order to identify types of nerve disorders, as opposed to physical conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
A nerve conduction velocity test will be used to determine the effectiveness of nerve impulse conduction throughout the length of an entire nerve, and it’s excellent for identifying any signs of nerve injury. It’s a fairly simple test that simulates a particular nerve, after which the electrical impulse is measured downstream. Electrodes can be attached so that the speed of any electrical impulse can be measured as it courses through a nerve.
Since the normal speed of transmission is known very well, any decreased speed will generally indicate some kind of nerve disorder or damage. By taking the NCV test, you’ll be able to determine whether there is some kind of nerve disorder, and that will indicate to your doctor the appropriate course of action.
In cases where numbness or tingling is due to any kind of misalignment or strain on a given area of the body, expert chiropractic care will generally be able to resolve the issue. One of the things chiropractic care is superior in addressing is situations such as tingling and numbness in various areas of the body when these sensations are due to abnormal stresses and strains placed on bones and muscle tissue. Poor posture over long periods of time often deforms the spine causing you to lose the normal curves of the spine, an example would be scoliosis. When this occurs the spinal cord will be subjected to increased tension in certain areas which can also cause numbness and tingling.
Live Aligned Chiropractic specializes in restoring the normal curves of the spine which have deformed due to years of poor posture or old injuries. Where other systems have failed, it is what we do at Live aligned that helps our patients achieve such phenomenal results.