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Numbness and Tingling in Your Hands? Visit Your Neighborhood Chiropractor

Our spinal columns could be viewed as an electrical central relay system. Our brain, a biological computer, is directly connected to the “electrical wiring” of the spinal column and through it communicates wit the rest of the body.

When we feel tingling in the hands or fingers it is often a sign that there is some type of nerve compression along the nerve signal path from the brain to the fingers or hands. Often this problem begins with the vertebrae in your neck. Sometimes the hand or finger tingling is just something innocuous and relatively harmless, such as sleeping on your arm overnight.

Leaving your arm in a static position for an extended period of time can also cause the tingling sensations. Many people, at one time or another, have accidentally hit their “funny bone” near the elbow joint. This is simply a nerve plexus concentration area. While painful and causing arm or hand numbness, the sensation quickly dissipates as the nerve signals are restored to normal. But any time there is an extended period of time where the hands or fingers constantly tingle, there could be more serious underlying medical problems, and you should consult your doctor and/or chiropractor.

image of a tingling handsPotential causes of tingling in the hands or fingers could be due to any of the following; herniated disc , shingles or herpes zoster infection, injury to the nerve from infection, migraines, diabetes, stroke, seizures,  under-active thyroid, lack of vitamin B-12, multiple sclerosis, radiation therapy, animal bites, insect, tick, or spider bites, and seafood toxins. But for the majority of cases, a compression or restriction in the nerves of the neck or shoulders could be the source of the problem.

You may even be able to relieve the tension of the neck muscles by doing simple neck stretching exercises. A lot of tension is built up in the neck area, just from day to day living. Our specially trained Garland chiropractor can perform basic neck, shoulder, back and spinal manipulations to alleviate the nerve compression.

Your wrist has eight different bones, and any bone that isn’t working properly can cause nerve pressure or compression, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. Our chiropractors will make sure that all those bones are in their proper configuration, and in many cases the result will be instant relief from any hand, finger, joint pain in the immediate area..

Sometimes the tingling in the hands or fingers could be caused by a compression of nerves in the chest area. Routinely stretching the pectoral muscles should help to relieve the problem, as will a chiropractic adjustment. Therapeutic massage:  done within our clinic or at a massage clinic of your choice will also help to keep the muscles and fascia loose and relaxed.

Here’s a  simple exercise that can performed at home. Stand in a corner of the room. Lift your arms so that your elbows are aligned with your shoulders and your hands are facing forwards. Next, place each hand on either side of the corner.  Now slowly lean in toward the corner. You will feel a stretch in the pectoral or chest muscles. Hold that position for three minutes. Perform this exercise twice daily for two weeks, and this may relieve any nerve compression through the chest area, which should decrease the tingling sensation.

Our doctors may also recommend using ices pack to relieve the inflammation, swelling, and numbness.

It’s important to understand that there a wide variety of potential causes of tingling in the hands or fingers. Nerve compression cases with most people  are relatively benign, but it’s important to get a full assessment from either your medical doctor and/or chiropractor, to ensure proper treatment for your individual case.

Our Garland chiropractic clinic is medically integrated and includes the services of a Nurse Practitioner, two Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and exercise rehab. If you’re feeling tingly, achy or stiff, we may have what you need to feel better.

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We have convenient office hours and work most Saturday morning. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and have affordable cash rates as well.

Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Thoracic Kyphosis?

The other day I as I was walking into my office, I watched an elderly person slowly make his way down the hall. His “hunched” back forced his head forward, his eyes aimed toward the ground.

image of a man with thoracic kyphosisThis curvature of the upper spine is known as thoracic kyphosis. It is also sometimes called “round-back”. The gentlemen I saw walking down the hallway was an extreme case. Most of the time kyphosis is more mild – and less apparent. It frequently appears in middle aged women. You may have heard it called a Dowager’s Hump. Although kyphosis is related to spinal scoliosis, it has its own distinguishing characteristics and risk factors.

Causes of thoracic kyphosis

Beyond certain rare cases of thoracic kyphosis that occur at birth or in the adolescent years, there are many factors that can contribute to kyphosis. Here are just a few:

  • Improper posture
  • Traumatic injury to the spine
  • Arthritis
  • Disc degeneration
  • Osteoporosis
  • Slipped vertebra
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida

Symptoms of Kyphosis

The symptoms of kyphosis can range from mild back pain, and tenderness in the spine to fatigue, stiffness and difficulty breathing.

The most common traditional medical approach to treating kyphosis involves body braces. But braces are cumbersome, do not work perfectly, and are generally impractical for a normal life. In more severe cases, the MD may recommend spinal fusion surgery. But as is the case with any invasive procedure such as surgery, there is always the potential for complications.

Let’s look at a few safe, alternative medicine treatments for thoracic kyphosis…

Chiropractic treatment for Kyphosis

As your Garland chiropractor, first I will find the cause of your particular kyphosis. As mentioned previously, some cases of kyphosis are congenital, or due to trauma or disease. But the most common cause of thoracic kyphosis is improper posture, such as slouching.

During your exam I can identify the areas that show abnormal motion. I will then work to gently realign any out of place spinal vertebrae. Over time these “adjustments” will help the body function better. Correcting these spinal and muscular imbalances can help lessen kyphosis.

Nutritional Support

In addition to chiropractic treatment, nutritional supplements can play an important role in reducing inflammation and pain, while giving your body the nutrients it needs to repair and restore itself. Our innovative nutrition programs use whole food supplements based on solid science and years of testing.

If you’re interested in learning how we can develop a customized nutrition program for you – based entirely upon your body’s unique requirements, click here.

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