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What Does a Tingling Sensation Say About Your Health (And How Can Chiropractic Help)?

Whether you refer to them as pins and needles, numbness, or prickly sensations, the feeling of tingling in our limbs is one we are all familiar with. It is uncomfortable, at best, and the sensation can actually be severe enough to cause pain in a person when it is really bad or particularly noticeable or widespread in the limbs.

So what exactly causes these tingling sensations? Are they a sign of a more serious condition, or is it really nothing to worry about at all? Perhaps most importantly, you may be wondering what you can do to treat a tingling sensation, as well as what you can do to prevent it from happening again. I came across a great post by Chiropractic Now that does a good job answering these types of questions that I’m sure most of us have asked at some point in our lives, at least one time, if not multiple times. Here’s what I learned.

I know that, at least for me, I tend to experience tingling sensations in particular areas of my body after putting too much unnecessary pressure on them for too long. Usually, sitting, standing, or sleeping in an awkward or unnatural position for too long will cause the discomfort associated with a particular limb “falling asleep”, as we somewhat affectionately refer to the process. In these cases, we can usually just shift our positions and shake it out or dance around a little bit until the tingling sensation goes away.

However, what if you are experiencing the same pins and needles feeling in a certain part of your body, but you know for a fact that you did not place undue pressure on it at all? I have experienced this condition as well – more than likely, it’s a pinched nerve that is to blame. Sometimes, injuries or strains that occur in one part of the body will actually end up manifesting in other body parts. For example, neck injuries often cause tingling in the arms, while lower back injuries can cause a tingling sensation in the legs and feet. As counterintuitive as this may seem, that’s just the way our bodies are connected and hardwired. That’s why it is so important to see a chiropractor for regular treatments. Getting adjustments to place the spinal column back into its proper position will naturally allow the rest of the body to align itself correctly as well, which can often heal a pinched nerve completely. 

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