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Tingling Hands and Fingers? It Could Be Thoracic Outlet Sydrome

Have you ever awakened with your hands tingling or numb? It’s an alarming sensation, as it often takes time to regain feeling. For some people the condition is more pronounced and affects them throughout the day.

Not every episode of tingling fingers or hands is a problem. Sometimes the symptoms are relatively harmless, and can be caused by something as simple as sleeping on your arm overnight or keeping your arm in a fixed position for too long.

Additionally, most 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 the blow can be painful and can cause arm or hand numbness, the sensation quickly dissipates as the nerve signals return to normal.

But for the majority of cases, tingling in the hands or fingers is caused by a compression of nerves in the chest area called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a fairly common problem that occurs when there’s not enough room for nerves and blood vessels to pass through the thoracic outlet, which is located between the base of the neck and the armpit.

It is important to understand there a wide variety of potential causes of tingling in the hands or fingers. For most people nerve compression in relatively benign. But there can be other causes, such as a herniated disc, shingles or herpes zoster infection, injury to the nerve from infection, migraines, diabetes,, lack of vitamin B-12, multiple sclerosis, radiation therapy, among others.

That’s why it’s important to consult with a chiropractor or your MD about chronic tingling and numbness in your hands and finger.

Simple treatments and exercise can provide relief

If you’re diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a chiropractor can perform basic neck, shoulder, back and spinal manipulations to alleviate the nerve compression.

Routinely stretching the pectoral muscles will also help to relieve the problem. Here’s a simple exercise that can performed at home:

Stand in a corner of a room. Lift your arms so that your elbows are aligned slightly below your shoulders and your hands are facing forwards. Place one hand on either side of the corner.

Now lean forward slowly. You should feel a slight stretch in your pectoral (chest muscles). Hold that position for 10 seconds and repeat 3 times. Take a look at the picture below to understand the technique.

Perform this exercise twice daily for two weeks. Within a relatively short period of time you should notice improvement. If you feel any pain or discomfort in your shoulders, discontinue the exercise and contact your chiropractor or physical therapist.

Your chiropractor may also recommend using ice packs to relieve the inflammation, swelling, and numbness in your hands or arms.

To visit a chiropractor in Garland, contact us by phone at (972) 840-2520. Our clinic is medically directed, offers therapeutic massage, exercise rehab and the services of a nurse practitioner.

In addition to back pain treatment, our clinic specializes in treating patients with painful shoulders and SI joints and osteoarthritis of the knees.

Contact us at (972) 840-2520 to learn more about our advanced pain treatment programs.

How to Find the Right Chiropractor in Garland

Just like selecting the best restaurant or choosing your favorite football team, everyone has an opinion on how to choose a chiropractor. It’s the same with a chiropractor and a chiropractic clinic. While you might might absolutely love Dr. John, your neighbor might not. In many cases, in comes down to a matter of personal preference.

That being said, there are certain guidelines you might use when looking for the ‘right’ Chiropractor in Garland.

an image of a woman showing how to find the right chiropractor in GarlandOne must-have feature of the right chiropractor is his ability to communicate. Most people, especially when they visit a chiropractor in Garland for the first time, are completely unaware of the virtues of chiropractic medicine, the reason for chiropractic treatment, and why the spine is so important to health. Part of being a good Doctor of Chiropractic is being a great communicator and educator. A good Garland chiropractor will take the time to help his patients understand the benefits of chiropractic

But of course, the most important factor is the doctor’s ability and skill. With the advent of online patient reviews, finding an experienced, quality chiropractor in Garland has become easier than ever. There are many popular review sites, like Yelp, Insider pages and Angie’s list that can offer valuable insight into a doctor’s assets and strengths. But today, just as in years gone by, one of the most dependable ways to find a great chiropractor may be through a personal recommendation from a fried, co-worker or family member.

A large part of your decision should also reflect your dealings with the chiropractic office itself. The fact is, you don’t just deal with the Doctor when you go to his clinic, you deal with the people on his or her staff, from the front-desk staff to the massage therapist to the chiropractic assistant. One of the hallmarks of a great practice is that every staff member is always polite, friendly and caring.

If you go to a chiropractor who is nice to you, but his office manager is distant, the massage therapist is a snob and the vibe that you get is ‘we don’t care, we just work here’ then you would be advised to find another chiropractor. (And, of course, the doctor should find better staff…)

Remember, when your spine is properly aligned and the nervous system is working correctly, not only will you experience pain relief, you will stay healthier, and live longer than people who never go a chiropractor in Garland.

Like taking care of your teeth and getting regular check-ups, getting your spine adjusted on a regular basis will have long-term health benefits that are too numerous to tally. Definitely less pain, but also less disease, less damage, less degeneration and less suffering.

Texas Spinal Health offers an added benefit. We are an integrated chiropractic practice, have a full rehab center, offer laser therapy, therapeutic massage and spinal decompression therapy. As an integrated chiropractic practice we have a MD who supervises our clinic, and a Nurse practitioner who works directly with Dr. Mixon. Having both a Nurse Practitioner, (Merina Johnson) and a chiropractor (Dr. Mixon) ensures you’ll receive the best of traditional and alternative medicine. Our complete rehab center can help patients with everything from cardiac rehab, necks and back injuries, to strengthening injured shoulders and knees.

In conclusion, how to find a chiropractor will vary, but remember these tips… The ‘right’ doctor is one that keeps your health in the forefront, has an excellent staff, the proper equipment and therapies, communicates effectively, and whose skill encourages patient referrals.

Why not take the first step today? We believe within no time, you’ll be feeling better and living a healthier, more productive life.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mixon and the rest of the Texas Spinal Health team.

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