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Chiropractic Care for Hand Numbness

Published Date: 
December 1, 2022
A woman is clutching her left hand because it is numb.

Hand numbness can have a big impact on your quality of life. Find out how chiropractic care for hand numbness can help.

There are many potential causes of hand pain, and it can be challenging to determine the exact source of your discomfort. However, it may be time to see a chiropractor if you're experiencing hand pain interfering with your daily activities.

What Causes Tingling and Numbness in the Hand?   

There are many potential causes of tingling and numbness in the hand. Some common causes include: 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: This condition is caused when the median nerve is compressed as it goes through the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pain in the fingers and hands. 
  • Ulnar nerve entrapment occurs when the ulnar nerve is compressed or irritated. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, and pain in the hand and fingers. 
  • Peripheral neuropathy: This is a general term for nerve damage that can cause tingling, numbness, and pain. It can be caused by diabetes, autoimmune diseases, infections, toxins, and other conditions. 
  • Raynaud's phenomenon: This condition is characterized by episodes of reduced blood flow to the hands and fingers. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, and pain.

When Should I Be Worried about Numbness and Tingling?  

If you experience numbness and tingling, paying attention to any other symptoms you may be experiencing is essential. If the numbness and tingling are accompanied by pain, weakness, or paralysis, it could be a sign of a more severe condition, and you should seek medical help immediately. 

A woman is rubbing her left wrist because her hand has gone numb.

More benign conditions can also cause numbness and tingling, such as poor circulation or sleeping in an awkward position. If you experience these symptoms and there is no apparent cause, it is still a good idea to see your doctor to rule out any potential underlying health issues. 

What Are the Signs of Nerve Damage in the Hands?  

The most common hand nerve damage symptoms are tingling or numbness. These symptoms are caused by damage that prevents the nerves from sending proper signals to the brain, causing the feeling of pins and needles or even complete numbness in the affected area. 

 Another common symptom is weakness in the hand caused by the nerve not being able to send signals correctly to the muscles and making it difficult to grip objects or even make a fist. 

 If the nerve damage is severe, it can also cause paralysis in the hand because the nerve can no longer send signals to the muscles.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help   

If you suffer from numbness or nerve damage in your hand, chiropractic care may be able to help. Chiropractors are trained to treat conditions affecting the nervous system and can often provide relief for those suffering from various forms of nerve damage.

A chiropractor is treating a patient's hand for numbness.

Chiropractic Treatments for Numbness of the Hand  

Pressure on the median nerve running through the carpal tunnel in the wrist can lead to symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and pain. Chiropractic treatment can often help to relieve the pressure on the median nerve and reduce or eliminate these symptoms. 

 Another common cause of nerve damage in the hand is thoracic outlet syndrome. This condition occurs when the nerves or blood vessels between the collarbone and the first rib are compressed, leading to numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the arm and hand. Chiropractic care can often help to relieve the pressure on these nerves and blood vessels and reduce or eliminate these symptoms. 

An artistic rendition demonstrating numbness in the hand.


Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat issues with the musculoskeletal system, including the hands. If your hand pain is due to a problem with your bones, joints, or muscles, a chiropractor may be able to help. Chiropractic care can often relieve conditions that cause hand pain, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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