Discovering the Root Cause of Numbness and Tingling

Tingling, Chronic Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Pinched Nerve, Herniated or slipped disc, Thoracic Outlet SyndromeIf one is experiencing numbness or tingling in the body, it is a good time to seek care from a professional. It is often the body’s way of letting one know that something is wrong. It is vital to find the root cause and then work to correct it.

Why Tingling and Numbness May Occur

A number of different things can be at the root of numbness and tingling. Here is a list of a few common reasons.

  • Vitamin deficiencies – Vitamin B1, B6, B12, E, and niacin are responsible for nerve function. If one’s diet is lacking these, tingling can be an end result.
  • Nerve entrapment syndromes – If a nerve becomes compressed, such as what happens when one has carpal tunnel syndrome, tingling and numbness can occur. Other types of this condition are ulnar nerve palsy, peroneal nerve palsy, and radial nerve palsy.
  • Systematic disease – Certain diseases attack organs of the body. The entire body can be affected, leading to kidney, liver, or vascular damage. These diseases are often autoimmune in nature and can include inflammation, connective tissue problems, and chronic pain.
  • Diabetes – When talking about neuropathy of the hands and feet, 3 out of every 10 cases have diabetes as an underlying cause. The tingling sensation may begin in the feet or hands and work its way up the legs or arms.

Seeking Help for Numbness and Tingling in Plymouth, Minnesota

Here at Living Well Chiropractic, we can help find the underlying reason for nerve issues. These problems are often linked to a misalignment in the upper bones of the neck, particularly the C1 and C2 vertebrae. When these bones move out of their proper place, undue pressure can be put on the brainstem and the surrounding nerves and muscles, leading to numbness in various parts of the body.

We use a gentle method to help these bones realign that does not require us to pop or force the spine into place. Once this is done, the body can begin to repair any existing damage, and the end of tingling and numbness may be in sight.
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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