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Why skin numbness or tingling should not be ignored

If you have persistent numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, even if it’s slight, you should immediately seek advice from your health professional.

Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs indicates an interruption to proper nerve function. If you feel temporary numbness or tingling after sitting or standing in one position for too long, that is just due to a temporarily pinched nerve and will rectify itself. However, ongoing numbness or tingling signals continual pressure on the nerve that can cause lasting damage, or indicate the presence of disease. 

The most common causes of persistent numbness or tingling are:

  • a partial dislocation of a joint or organ, known as subluxation
  • a bulge or herniation of the rubbery discs that sit between vertebrae on your spine
  • diabetes
  • multiple sclerosis
  • stroke
  • systemic disorders such as kidney disorders or hormonal imbalances, including hypothyroidism
  • autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • vitamin B12 deficiency
  • chemotherapy.

How numbness and tingling can be treated

Most cases of ongoing numbness or tingling can be treated by a chiropractor, who can restore alignment, improve mobility, relieve nerve pressure, and reduce inflammation in the body.

In addition to chiropractic manipulation, your chiropractor may treat the numbness and tingling through methods such as ice packs, massage, traction, stretching and strengthening.  If the chiropractor identifies that the numbness and tingling is caused by a serious medical issue such as diabetes, stroke or multiple sclerosis, they will refer you for medical reviews. 

Some methods for reducing numbness and tingling include eating a healthy, balanced diet, avoiding toxins such as cigarettes and alcohol, and following an exercise program recommended by your doctor.

To find out more about how to treat numbness and tingling sensations in your body contact Bruce at Lane Chiropractic Pottsville on 6676 2270.

Eight subtle signs your body needs help

We can all feel stiff, sore and tired from time to time but if the same pain keeps resurfacing, it may be your body trying to warn you that something is seriously wrong.

With our busy lives, it can be too easy to ignore the subtle signs that our bodies give us but by ignoring the warning signs you could be at risk of missing the early detection of a more serious issue.

There are eight common issues chiropractors see that, if left untreated, can lead to longer term issues that may require surgery or lifelong pain management.  Some of these issues may also signal potential life-threatening conditions:

Neck stiffness

While neck stiffness is quite common, particularly for people who spend long hours working on computers or using smartphones, it can also signal something more serious. Persistent neck stiffness may be the result of a degenerative cervical spine disorder which, if left untreated, can lead to permanent nerve damage, compression of the spinal cord, paralysis and in rare cases, death.

Joint pain

Joint pain is often considered a natural part of the aging process, and it can also emerge following strenuous exercise. However, persistent joint pain can severely limit your mobility and impact your overall health in the longer term. For example, limited mobility may lead to poor psychological health and obesity, which in turn can increase the risk of issues such as diabetes and heart disease.

Muscle weakness

We all get muscle weakness from time to time due to factors such as illness or an intense workout that causes muscle fatigue. However, ongoing weakness in the muscles can be a sign of issues such as nerve damage, muscular or skeletal degeneration, a herniated disc, neuromuscular disorder, or a tumour.

Numbness or tingling

While we can get numbness or tingling from sitting too long in a certain position, such as when your foot goes to sleep, having this symptom without cutting off blood circulation is an early warning sign of injury, nerve damage, a herniated disc, or even diabetes. If numbness or tingling related to nerve damage, injury or a herniated disc is left untreated, you may end up needing surgery.

Uneven posture

If you have uneven shoulders or hips, asymmetry of the back or your head rests off-centre you may have scoliosis, which is curvature of the spine. If left untreated, it can cause a reduced range of motion, pain, disc degeneration, and possibly cardiovascular and breathing problems caused by the rib cage constricting the heart and lungs.


Headaches can be caused by factors such as stress, dehydration, low blood sugar, or misalignment of the neck or spine. Persistent headaches may be a sign of migraines, food allergies, nerve degeneration, or tumour.

Intermittent pain or stiffness

If you have pain or stiffness that comes and goes, it could be a sign of nerve damage, muscular or skeletal degeneration, or disc bulge.  Similar to other forms of pain, if it is left untreated intermittent pain or stiffness can become chronic pain, which then requires more intensive treatment and possibly surgery.

Sharp, Shooting Pain in Your Legs 

A sharp, shooting pain or tingling and weakness in your legs indicates a pinched nerve or slipped disc.  Without treatment, this can lead to longer term issues requiring long term pain medication or even surgery.

Chiropractors are trained to treat many of these conditions, or will refer you to another health specialist if they suspect a non-chiropractic issue. To find out more about the subtle warning signs your body gives you and how to treat them contact Lane Chiropractic Pottsville on 02 6676 2270.