When a person is experiencing tingling in their hands or fingers, it is a warning sign from the body that something is not quite right. Some reasons for tingling are:
- Herniated or slipped disc: Discs are spongy substances between each vertebra of the spine that keep them from rubbing against one another. If they move out of place, a person now has a herniated disc. Tingling can occur in relation to which vertebra is affected.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: The median nerve extends through the carpal tunnel into the wrist and hand. If this nerve becomes irritated and inflamed, carpal tunnel syndrome is the result.
- Pinched Nerve: If the tissue surrounding the nerves becomes inflamed and places pressure on the nerves, they cannot function properly. This leads to pain and discomfort.
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: This is due to compression of the nerves and blood vessels between the first rib and the collarbone. This can cause pain in the neck or shoulder area.
Where to Find Help for Tingling in the Extremities
No matter where a person may experience tingling, a good place to find relief is to visit an upper cervical chiropractor. A spine examination will determine if misalignments may be causing a person’s discomfort. If a misalignment is discovered in the C1 or C2 vertebra, this may be the underlying cause of numbness and tingling. This is due to the fact that the misalignment of these bones can place undue pressure on the brainstem, as it is located in this same area. A misalignment of a ¼ of a millimeter can cause the brainstem to no longer function properly, thus sending improper signals to and from the brain leading to tingling and other problems in the body.
I work with my patients to realign their spine and provide specific, gentle adjustments that do not require popping or forcing the spine back into place. This often results in a reduction in the tingling sensation and the person feeling healthier overall.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/