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Chiropractic Care for Numbness and Tingling

Published Date: 
October 6, 2022
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Did you know that chiropractic care can help numb tingling pain? Read on to learn more about this treatment option.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Numbness and Tingling?

Numbness and tingling is a pins-and-needles sensation, typically in the extremities. The discomfort is usually temporary but may persist in some cases. Luckily, you do not have to grapple with numbness and tingling. Chiropractic care for numbness and tingling offers a non-invasive, effective treatment to reduce or eliminate numbness and tingling. 

What Are Tingling and Numbness?

Tingling and numbness are the loss of sensation or the pins and needles feeling, especially in your extremities, like the hands, arms, legs, and toes. The medical term for the insensate feeling is paresthesia. Paresthesia is usually temporary and harmless but it could cause a fall if you can't feel your foot. 

What Can Cause Numbness and Tingling?

Paresthesia usually occurs when pressure is on the nerves or the arteries supplying blood to the nerves. Everyday activities such as sleeping on your arm or sustained posture for too long cause numbness and tingling. Other severe causes may be multiple sclerosis and stroke. Here are some of the causes you should know:

  • Insect bite
  • Low levels of vitamin B12
  • Chemotherapy
  • Seafood toxins
  • Pressure on peripheral nerves 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Trauma
  • Nerve compression 

It is important to seek services from a doctor who can accurately diagnose the cause before tailoring a treatment plan to benefit your health. 

A woman is experiencing the pins and needles sensation and numbness in  her arm.

Staying in One Position for A Long Time

Staying in one position for too long increases pressure on the nerves while also constricting blood flow to the nerves, hence the loss of sensation. Sitting cross-legged for an extended period of time causes the pins and needles you usually feel when trying to move your leg. Also, sustained posture, especially when slouching forward on a couch, can herniate your discs, which causes pinched nerves and subsequent paresthesia.

Injury or Medical Conditions 

Injury to the spine inflames and pinches nerves, causing them to send extra signals, manifesting as pins pricking your skin. Arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, and herniated disc are some medical conditions that interfere with nerve function causing paresthesia.

Chiropractic Treatment for Numbness or Tingling

Since numbness and tingling are usually associated with spinal and nerve damage, chiropractic treatment offers an efficacious alternative to invasive treatments. 

During the first visit, the chiropractor will perform physical exams, including neurological tests, motion assessment, palpation, and general body posture examination. Further imaging tests, either X-ray or MRI, reveal the spinal structure to identify the cause.

The chiropractor will employ a range of hands-on spinal manipulation and instrument-assisted adjustments to realign your spine. Spine realignment promotes blood flow and alleviates pressure on the nerves causing paresthesia. The efficacy of chiropractic care for numbness and tingling is unrivaled. A case study for a 24-year-old woman with intermittent right-sided hemiparesthesia showed zero numbness and tingling after one week of chiropractic care. She had been struggling with paresthesia for two years before chiropractic intervention.

If you constantly have pins and needles sensation, try seeking chiropractic care for numbness and tingling. Chiropractic approaches to paresthesia vary from case to case, and it is imperative to work with reputable chiropractors only. The added merit of chiropractic care is that it confers general body wellness alongside pain relief to improve your health.

Reduce Numbness or Tingling Through Physical Therapy 

Adjunctive therapies are usually part of chiropractic adjustments. Physical therapy aids in good posture and relieves tension from nerves in your body, reducing the symptoms of paresthesia.

The stabilization exercises during therapy are usually progressive and effectively complement chiropractic medicine. The doctor will advise spine stabilization exercises to expedite treatment for numbness and tingling.

A chiropractor is treating a patient for numbness and tingling.


You do not have to deal with significant numbness and tingling if it detracts from your quality of life. The cause of numbness and tingling is usually spine- or nerve-related. Chiropractic adjustment realigns your spine and reduces or eliminates paresthesia. Consider chiropractic care as your go-to solution for any persistent numbness or tingling. 

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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