Numbness and tingling are abnormal sensations that can occur anywhere in your body however, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs are the most common association and complaint.

Sensations related to numbness and tingling in the arms and legs are often caused by an interruption in proper nerve flow. Activities like sitting or standing in one position for a long period of time can cause a temporary pinch on the nerve thereby interrupting its conduction. Continuous pressure on a nerve can cause lasting damage to the layers of the nerve known as myelin sheaths.

Causes of Numbness of Tingling

There are many common causes of numbness and tingling in arms and legs. Some common causes include:

  • Disc Herniation’s
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Raynaud ’s phenomenon
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency

How Your Osteopath Can Relieve Numbness and Tingling in Arms and Legs

In the case of prolonged numbness and tingling in arms and legs, early detection and proper diagnosis by an Osteopath, is of the utmost importance. Most causes of numbness and tingling are not serious and we can resolve quickly.  By examining your spine & joints, lifestyle, daily activities, diet and exercise we are able to not only identify the symptoms causing your arm and leg discomfort, but also the causes. This integrated approach helps determine the best and quickest treatment protocol for your arm and leg discomfort.

Treatment may include activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications and joint mobilizations’. The Osteopath will be able to provide you with a series of stretching and strengthening exercises designed to return you back to participation and to reduce the chances of the injury re-occurring.

Joint mobilisations can help restore alignment, improve mobility, and relieve arm and leg pain, swelling and stiffness. Osteopathy may apply a variety of therapeutic modalities in conjunction with the adjustments which may include but not be limited to dry needling, massage, traction, stretching and strengthening exercises.

Make an Osteopathic appointment with Beachealth today and relieve yourself from numbness and tingling in the arms and legs.