Numbness, a sensation that feels like the pricking of a pin or tingling, could be too annoying to resist. But there’s nothing to worry about because our medical science has solutions to every problem out there.
In medical terminology, we call numbness as paresthesia. There could be several underlying causes of numbness. Most of the time, there’s a medical condition involved if you get prolonged numbness.
Let’s have a look at, what could be the possible cause of your numbness? How to get rid of numbness? And most importantly, when should you see a doctor?
What Will You Learn?
Let’s dive right in!
Why Does Numbness Occur?
Let’s have a look at causes for numbness.
When it comes to causes of numbness, there’s a way too long list. However, we will have an eye over some of the most prevalent ones.
1. Your Position/Posture
Your position, posture, or the angle at which you stand or sit, is quite an often cause for leg and feet numbness.
It is because some postures put pressure on your nerves, making them go numb. While some stop the blood flow through your limbs.
There’s nothing to worry about if you get numbness due to the wrong posture. (Whether it be due to crossing legs for long or sitting on your feet.)
Once you start moving your body, it barely takes 10-15 minutes to get rid of such numbness.
2. Medical Conditions
As mentioned earlier, underlying medical conditions are a prevalent cause of numbness. And such numbness is long-lasting. So, they require special attention.
3. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition in which your tibial nerves get compressed. Thus, giving you a feeling of tingling, numbness, and swelling around your toes and ankles.
Other possible symptoms may include pain in operating an automobile, electric shocks, and burning sensations.
If you have tarsal tunnel syndromes, don’t worry much. As they are treatable to much extent. Want to know how to get rid of them? Keep reading!
4. Multiple Sclerosis
MS or multiple sclerosis is a condition in which the covers provide insulation to the parts of your nervous system (spinal cord, brain & nerve cells), damages.
Pins and needles, numbness, blurred vision, or weakness in your muscles are possible indications that you are suffering from MS.
If the cause for your numbness is MS, you will have to go with some medication.
5. Dental Procedure
When you go to the dentist, whether for root filling or for tooth extraction, it’s most likely that he will use an anesthetic. Anesthetics make the area numb and senseless.
Commonly these numbness end within 1-2 hours. But sometimes it may take you more than 3 hours. This also could be a reason why you are here.
Here ends our short-list for the most prevalent causes of numbness. Along with all these diabetes, neuropathy, sciatica, or strokes (mini-strokes) could also be a valid cause.
Hope, by now you have found the reason for your numbness above. If not then feel free to check this list by mayo clinic.
Enough knowing the reasons, let’s turn over to how you can get rid of your numbness. Exactly, for the purpose, you are here!
Ways to Get Rid Of Numbness At Home
Though there are numerous methods/ways to get rid of numbness, here are few hand-picked ones for you. These ways are being used for years and they work wonders.
Lets dive in.
1. Massage Therapy
There can’t be anything better than massage therapy(1) when it comes to curing regular numbness in your hands or feet.
Massage therapy helps to provide relief to the nerves. Along with it, it helps with enhancing blood circulation around the affected region.
This can be an easy go-to option without investing any money out of pocket.
Massaging skin also works with curing numbness caused by dental procedures. Just
2. Essential Oil
Essential oil (like paper mint, lavender, or chamomile) has long been known for neuropathy.
Along with their effectiveness in neuropathy, they are also an effective home remedy for numbness and tingling.
You can use essential oil for both short-term as well as for long-term numbness.
All you need to do is, take 10-15 drops of essential oil (lavender or any essential oil) and mix it with any carrier oil (olive or coconut).
Then massage the numb area well with it, just before going to bed. Leave it undisturbed overnight.
You can do it once a day, and see the result the following week.
Exercise is the key to a healthy life. Sometimes, due to not having proper exercise, the ability of your heart to pump blood may reduce.
Thus lowering the supply of blood to lower limbs. And, as you know, lack of blood supply too is a cause for numbness.
So if you feel your limbs getting numb more often, go for some exercise, yoga, pilates, and tai chi. They would help relieve you.
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4. Rest and Sleep
You can say this the most ancient form to get rid of numbness. You too must be getting to hear of it, either from your mom or granny.
They still work that much better, than they did hundreds of years ago. It also works to wonders when it comes to getting rid of numbness after a dental procedure.
They also should be your first go-to option, if you have got numbness due to bad postures. Like sitting on your feet for long or crossing your legs, or sleeping by keeping your head on your arms.
Thus, include “enough rest in the night” in your routine.
5. Spinach and Carrot Juice
The juice made from carrot and spinach, in a decent home remedy for curing numbness, especially in the case of diabetic patients.
All you need to do is, take 200ml of spinach juice and 300 ml of carrot juice and mix them well. Have this juice 2-3 times a week.
Test this for about 2-3 weeks, if it works well and good. Else, let’s move on to our next remedy to get rid of numbness.
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6. Warm Compress/ Warm Water Bath
The most recommended and preferred method by all to cure numbness is a warm compress. It can help you with your tingling and numb sensation.
Studies show that warm compress helps to improve the flow of blood through numb parts. This in turn helps you to cure your tingling and numb feeling.
To have a warm compress, take some hot water in a bowl (it shouldn’t be scalding hot to touch). The hot water should be bearable to your skin.
Take a towel, and soak it with warm water and wring out the excess. Fold the towel and fix it on your palm and press it over the area for 10 minutes. Repeat this process for 2-3 times at once.
Another great remedy is having a warm water bath. Some of you must be feeling that warm compress is to time taking. So, you can use a warm bath as an alternative.
Warm baths also help with numbness to much extent. Just ensure that the water is not too warm to harm you. A good way to check its warmth is by splitting some water on the floor and checking with your feet.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV(Apple Cider Vinegar) has long been known for its potent anti-inflammatory effect(1). ACV also has rich reserves of acetic acid.
ACV helps to cut down the inflammation, thus helping to reduce pain and tingling sensation. It also helps your nerves with faster recovery.
To use ACV for numbness, take 1 tablespoon of it and add it to a glass of lukewarm water. Also, add some honey to the mixture.
Take this mixture once a day on a daily basis. That’s all you need to do.
8. Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salts are said to help with pain and reduce swelling in muscles. This is due to the fact that it has a rich content of magnesium.
Studies also show that magnesium helps to reduce inflammation.
Even though there isn’t enough scientific evidence for Epsom salt effectiveness still, these are used widely and believed to relieve multiple symptoms.
In the case of numbness, it helps to restore and repair inflamed and damaged nerves. This action of Epsom salt helps to relieve tingling and numbness sensations.
Let’s get over how to prepare for an Epsom salt bath. There are no side effects of Epsom salt bath, but if you are a patient with Low Blood Pressure, consult your doctor once.
As per Mayo Clinic, a good rule of thumb says 2 cups of Epsom Salt per gallon of water. Bath with it for 20-30 mins daily. That’s all you need to do for an Epsom salt bath.
9. Healthy Diet Rich With Nutrients
Nutrients rich food (especially rich in vitamins) also helps to get rid of numbness and tingling sensation in many cases. This is due to the fact that deficiency of the vitamin is also a cause leading to frequent numbness.
For this step, all you need to do is, follow a diet routine rich in all nutrients.
Take special attention to include vitamin B fruits and vegetables in your meal like fish, milk, egg, and dark green vegetables like spinach and kale.
Along with this, experts also suggest having broccoli in the diet. Though it does not contain vitamins, it helps with the absorption of vitamins by your body.
10. Supportive Devices For Feet Numbness
If you can afford to spend some money, you can go for supportive devices for foot numbness.
These supportive devices include braces and some specially designed footwear to help with numbness in conditions like paresthesia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even flat feet.
Here ends every method you can apply at your home to get rid of numbness.
Besides these, there are also some medications that help with numbness recovery to some extent.
Let’s have a look at some medications for numbness.
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Medications For Numbness
It’s not always necessary that a person get numbness due to a physical change or disease.
Mental and Emotional depression is also a proven cause of numbness. If you feel you get numb due to emotional depression, then you can go for antidepressants.
Milnacipran and duloxetine are some antidepressants approved for the treatment of numbness caused by fibromyalgia.
While antidepressants like Elavil and Aventyl may help with the painful condition of peripheral neuropathy.
Side Note: In some cases, antidepressants may show some side effects like drowsiness, constipation, or low blood pressure.
A “B complex” vitamin, Niacin can also help with numbness and reducing inflammation.
Sometimes the treatment may involve little doses of corticosteroids for faster recovery from pain and inflammation.
A recent article by webmd also declares that niacin is crucial for healthy never functioning.
3. Other Medications:
Along with niacin and antidepressants, some other drugs like Lyrica® (pregabalin), Tegretol®, and Dilantin® (phenytoin) also help with pins and needles sensation.
That’s all about medication for numbness. It is always advisable not to go for medication without knowing the cause of numbness and consulting a doctor.
When To See A Doctor?
Seeing a doctor is the only hope if the cause for your numbness is unknown and it hits you frequently.
Most of the time it isn’t life-threatening and completely harmless. But there could be some cases which can threaten your life.
Generally, you should see a doctor if your numbness doesn’t get cured by home remedies and is long-lasting.
When Should You Seek Emergency Help?
If you get a sudden numbness following a head injury or numbness involving your legs and arms entirely, then it’s very necessary that you seek emergency help.
Simply dial 112 (if you are an Indian resident) or 911 (if you are a US resident) to receive immediate help.
Some more conditions which can trigger paresthesia include:
- Mini Strokes
- Multiple Sclerosis
These numbness conditions require doctor consultancy as they are very difficult to go on their own. Thus, these conditions will require a doctor’s treatment.
The Bottom Line
Numbness is rarely considered a life threatening issue. So, if you feel your parts getting numb, do not worry.
Just follow the above given ways to get rid of numbness and you will feel better. Still stuck with querries regarding numbness?
Let us know by commenting below. We will assist you with the best expert advice.
Adarsh Kumar is the guy behind the growing Health & Wellness blog Health On Planet. He is a 5 years old veteran of the Health Industry with previous expertise as a health writer for several other blogs. He provides his readers with articles about surgery, nutrition, and wellness related aspects.