If you’re dealing with tingling in the neck, you’re not alone. This is a surprisingly common issue and one that chiropractic treatment can help with. Tingling or numbness in the neck could be a sign that your spine is out of alignment. Chiropractic treatment can help to correct the alignment of your spine, providing relief from the tingling sensation.
Keep reading to learn more about what may be causing tingling in the neck, and how chiropractic care can provide relief.
Tingling in the neck – What is it & why do I have it?
Commonly, numbness means when any area of your body seems to be “asleep.”
You feel tingling in the neck because of your wrong posture, sports injury, or other health problems.
The spinal cord nerves get pinched when you keep working for long hours in the same posture. Say, sitting while working on a computer. These nerves stop communicating and sending signals to our brain, spine, and other body parts. Once this happens in the nerves which are inside the neck, we feel numbness and sensation of tingling in the neck.
According to Rebecca Traub, an assistant professor of neurology, it is termed “temporary compression of nerves.” Other than this, there are several other reasons why a person may feel tingling in the neck area. let’s discuss that below:
Causes of Tingling in Neck
If you are experiencing numbness or tingling in your neck, any of the below-listed underlying symptoms could be the reason.
- Mineral and vitamin deficiency
- Arthritis or degenerative diseases
- An injured nerve in your neck
- A pinched nerve in the neck
- Pinched spine due to herniated disk
- Cervical spondylitis
- Multiple sclerosis
Now, let us discuss these causes one by one so that you can identify each of them and do a self-diagnosis of your condition.
Note: It is better to self-diagnose; however, self-medication should be avoided. You should always schedule an appointment with your doctor to treat any minor or severe illness.
- Mineral and Vitamin Deficiency
Deficiency of some essential minerals and vitamins from our body causes electrolyte imbalance and neuropathy (damage of nerves.) These nutrients are mostly magnesium, calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, etc. You might not be taking a healthy and nutritious diet. As a result, you face pinching sensations in the neck.
- Arthritis or Degenerative Diseases
According to the Arthritis Foundation, 25 million people have arthritis and report numbness and tingling. Arthritis causes damage to nerve and nerve tissues; people feel neck tingling.
- Injured Nerve in Your Neck
When some nerves in your neck region get damaged due to an injury, you feel tingling in the neck and surrounding area. It can occur due to an accident, stroke, shock, or other abnormal movements of your body.
- Pinched Nerve in The Neck
Prickling in the neck can also be caused by Cervical radiculopathy, which means pinched nerves in the neck. It occurs due to an injury, a stroke, or lifting a heavy object improperly.
- Pinched Spinal Nerves Due to Herniated Disc
Due to a herniated disc (a condition when the inner material of the spinal cord projects out and interacts with spinal nerves), spinal nerves get pinched and stop sending signals to other parts of the body. In this condition, you can also experience uncomfortable pain in your neck.
- Cervical Spondylosis
When space needed by the spinal nerves becomes narrow due to damage of cervical spines, you start feeling tingling in the neck. This condition is most common in older adults when their spines suffer from wear and tear.
Migraine is a type of headache; when you get migraine attacks, then your brain gets affected. In this condition, you can feel some sensations, including weakness, tingling in the shoulder blade and neck, numbness of some other body areas, and aches.
- Multiple Sclerosis
When an oily covering inside your nerves called myelin sheath gets damaged, you can have multiple sclerosis. You can also feel tingling in your upper body because your nerves cannot communicate properly in this condition.
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Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Numbness
Chiropractic treatment is a practical, quick, and even long-term relief from tingling in the neck. This tingling restricts you from working conveniently and interferes with concentration, so timely treatment is essential to remove this painful condition. In chiropractic treatment, an expert practitioner performs the following practices to treat tingling in the neck:
- Applying Pressure
Tingling in the neck can be treated by chiropractic treatment. A chiropractor applies pressure to specific areas with proper adjustments to relax muscles and the deep area where the nerve is pinched. In this technique, deep pressure is mainly applied to the trigger area, giving patients quick magical relief.
The stretching or sudden stretching technique is mainly used to align the cervical spines properly. This method is also effective in treating herniated discs. A pulling force is applied on your spine, which relaxes your spine, and the fluid inside your spine gets back to its normal position. When the disc or fluid reaches its correct place, neck tingling vanishes as there remains nothing to irritate your spinal nerves.
In massage therapy, a chiropractor mobilizes soft tissues by performing massage at specific points in the neck and shoulder region. Chiropractor mainly performs massage by applying gentle force on the muscle in rotatory motion. Blood flow increases in this therapy, and the muscle relaxes, which helps nerves get relaxed and start communicating again. This effective method is widely used by chiropractic practitioners and other people due to its ability to give quick relief to a person.
Why should you choose chiropractic care for neck tingling?
Chiropractic treatment is better than other types of treatments due to multiple reasons:
- It is a non-medicinal treatment, and it saves you from getting harmful side effects of medicines.
- It is a natural and physical treatment that relieves your pain very smoothly.
- You won’t need any surgery, injections, or painful treatments.
- It is a pleasurable treatment, and you will get instant relief from pain which gives a smooth and pleasant sensation. That’s why people love to get this treatment rather than going for painful processes.
Tingling in the neck is a common problem for working persons and sportspeople, but don’t get bothered by this uncomfortable tingling. This condition can be irritating, but it is easy to get treated. Timely treatment can save you from long-term suffering and improve your quality of life.
The best approach to treat this numbness and tingling sensation in your body is to schedule an appointment with a chiropractic practitioner. A chiropractor will look for the root cause of your pain and then treat it through chiropractic adjustments without any medications or surgery.