Numbness in arms and hands does not always mean you have carpal tunnel syndrome. There could be other reasons behind your numbness in arms and hands and luckily there is an effective, all-natural treatment available.
What Causes Numbness in Arms and Hands?
Numbness in arms and hands are usually caused by damage, compression, or irritation of one of the nerves or a branch of nerves within your arm and wrist.
The most common causes numbness in arms and hands include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway your tendons and median nerve go through; made up of connective tissue and small bones located on the palm side of the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is inflammation or narrowing of your carpal tunnel that applies pressure on a nerve inside.
- Neurological Condition - Neurological conditions, like multiple sclerosis, may cause arm numbness to occur. However, if you have a neurological condition causing your arm numbness you may also experience numbness in the feet as well as problems speaking or concentrating.
- Pinched Nerve - A pinched nerve may occur if your cartilage, tendons, or muscles apply too much weight on a nerve. This pinched nerve can cause numbness and may not allow the nerve to work right. Overuse or an injury can lead to a pinched nerve while other times it may be due to health problems, such as arthritis.
What Helps Relieve Numbness in Arms and Hands?
While there are other causes of numbness in arms and hands, it is important to find a treatment that does not focus on only handling the symptoms associated with it. The best treatment option would be a treatment that can help target the underlying cause of your numbness in arms in hands.
Upper cervical is a very unique, all-natural treatment that focuses on enabling your body to repair and heal itself while using its natural ability to correct underlying causes of various issues, including numbness in arms and hands.
How is it Connected to Upper Cervical?
Numbness in arms and hands can, believe it or not, be caused by your neck. Your nerves in the hands and forearm are rooted in the neck area.
When pressure is applied to this neck area, known as your upper cervical spine, many conditions may arise as the top vertebrae of your spine also protect your brain stem which helps normalize your bodily functions.
When the misalignment is present, it can cause various conditions to develop including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bring about pinched nerves as the vertebrae shift from their proper position.
How Does Upper Cervical Work?
Upper cervical adjustments are very different from general chiropractic adjustments. Upper cervical adjustments focus only on your neck area with a focus to remove any interference to the natural flow of your nervous system.
There are times where a nerve may suffer pressure from more than one area. For example, a nerve can be compressed in the neck and further down the arm, such as the wrist.
But can upper cervical still help numbness in arms and hands if there is another place of compression down the arm?
The upper cervical spine plays a very critical role in not only protecting your brain stem but can alter alignment in other places. For instance, the upper cervical spine serves as the “leader” for the vertebrae underneath.
This means if the upper cervical spine is out of alignment, the rest of the spine will follow and begin to shift and twist itself to keep your head leveled.
During this process of shifting out of alignment, other parts of your body will be affected. The most noticeable difference is leg length.
When patients lie down, many have one leg that seems to be longer than the other. That is because of the spine shifting and causing your hips to slant, making one leg appear shorter than the other.
Some patients may feel pain in their shoulder pad as well, and after upper cervical adjustments, the pain dissipates. The upper cervical spine has a lot of influence on the positioning and function of our bodies.
When it comes to upper cervical adjustments, there is no “cracking” of the spine involved. Small, gentle adjustments are made to the neck area to correct any present misalignment that is causing a disruption to your body.
The adjustments are very precise and should only be done by a professional in the upper cervical.
Adjustments allow the brain to body communication to improve as well as release pressure placed on nerves in that area. After one adjustment, it is not unusual to notice small, or even significant, changes throughout your body.
Depending on the severity of the misalignment and how long your upper cervical spine has been out of alignment, more adjustments may be needed.
However, the objective of the upper cervical chiropractor is to adjust you as little as possible until your body becomes strong enough to hold the correct position on its own.
Some patients will find their numbness in arms and hands dissipate after their first adjustment, while other cases take a bit more time.
The most important thing to remember is that whether you feel the numbness goes away after the first adjustment or after a few, each adjustment allows the brain to body communication to be enhanced so your body can repair and heal itself more after every adjustment made.
In addition, the rest of your spine will be able to correct itself by following the upper cervical spine’s lead. This is great for taking pressure off other areas down the spine that could be causing you pain or discomfort elsewhere.
If you or a loved one is experiencing numbness in arms and hands, upper cervical adjustments can help provide relief all while ensuring your body has the proper brain to body communication restored to heal and repair the nerves, muscles, and soft tissue harmed by the misalignment.