Numbness Could Mean You Need to Pay Your Chiropractor a Visit
Numbness and tingling anywhere on your body come from one source — your nerves. This feeling, whether in your hands or in your legs, can make it difficult to spend time outdoors enjoying the beauty of Wooster. You simply can’t explore Wooster Memorial Park or the Secrest Arboretum with numbness in one of your limbs.
When nerves are compressed or damaged, they may send the wrong signals through your body, often resulting in tingling or numbness. Nerve compression often comes from spinal subluxation, which is exactly what your Wooster chiropractic team at Paragon Physical Medicine is ready to address. Here’s a closer look at how your spinal health can contribute to numbness and how a chiropractor can help.
The science behind nerve compression
Each of your nerves sends signals to a particular part of the body. The nerve only functions well when it has a clear path, but sometimes other tissue in the body pushes on the nerve. This condition, known as nerve compression, can cause severe pain and, according to Mayo Clinic, numbness.
Compression of a nerve can happen anywhere on your body, but often it occurs at the spine. When you’re suffering from subluxation, with your vertebrae pushed out of alignment, the bones put pressure on the spine. Our team can help put your spine back in proper alignment to reduce the numbness and other discomfort from spinal subluxation.
Chiropractic adjustments for numbness
If you’re experiencing numbness, a chiropractor can help you find relief. When you visit Paragon Physical Medicine, we’ll evaluate your spine to find the source of the problem. This initial appointment will include a series of X-rays that give us a closer look at the alignment of your vertebrae. Our doctors can often show you directly on your X-ray where the numbness comes from.
After identifying the problem area, one of our chiropractors will perform a series of gentle manipulations to put the vertebrae into the proper position. Sometimes, our patients experience immediate relief of their numbness. However, it may take a few days and a few adjustments for the vertebrae to stay in the correct position and for the surrounding tissue to relax, relieving the pressure on your nerves.
Our treatment will also include acupuncture and trigger point injections to help improve energy flow and loosen tight muscles. We will also teach you rehabilitative exercises and lifestyle adjustments that will improve body mechanics so you can lessen the risk of future injury. Improving posture, reducing inflammation and releasing muscle tension will help reduce the risk of future subluxation so you can enjoy less numbness and improved function and mobility.
Treatment for more than just your spine
While spinal subluxation is a common cause of numbness, it’s also possible for you to experience numbness because of problems in other areas of the body. Carpel tunnel, for example, occurs due to nerve compression in your wrist. The chiropractic team at Paragon Physical Medicine can treat numbness in all areas of the body, even when it doesn’t stem from the spine, using treatments like acupuncture and rehabilitative exercises.
If you’re experiencing numbness, your daily life tasks are challenging or even impossible. Help is available at Paragon Physical Medicine. Contact our team today for a thorough evaluation so you can take the right steps to reduce your numbness and improve your function and overall health. You can also book your appointment online.