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.