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Numbness of the extremities is a rather unpleasant symptom that manifests itself in the form of a lack of sensitivity. This sensation comes quite unexpectedly and for some time prevents a person from receiving tactile information.
When such a symptom occurs, there may be an unpleasant tingling sensation, the person does not feel the hand. As a rule, the main cause of hand numbness is cervical osteochondrosis.
The main causes of hand numbness
With a disease such as cervical osteochondrosis, the vertebral artery of the body is compressed, so the blood flow slows down significantly. The lungs, brain and heart do not store the necessary nutrients, the same happens with the limbs, which also starve and become numb as a result. If left untreated, the problem can worsen and significantly reduce the quality of life.
At some stages of osteochondrosis, nerves can be pinched.
When a person makes a sudden movement, there is pressure on the nerve, which provokes a number of unpleasant symptoms:
- Severe pain;
- Chronic fatigue, apathy;
- Numbness of the hand.
Hand numbness can occur if a person turns their neck abruptly and incorrectly.
There are also other reasons due to which you can encounter numbness of the hand and fingers:
- A tilted head is excess pressure on the vertebrae, which can compress the nerve;
- Crossing arms prevents the limbs from getting the necessary nutrients, so fingers and hands go numb;
- A bent back can cause numbness in the hands.
If you refrain from the above postures, hand numbness will not affect you. Of course, if the problem persists and tends to persist, it is worth seeking help from a doctor.
Fingers and hands go numb: how to deal with the problem?
Due to the fact that numbness is the main symptom of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine, you need to fight the disease, and not eliminate its manifestations. Only the correct treatment of the disease will successfully overcome the main symptom. It is very important to take care of your health and exercise regularly. Physiotherapy exercises can be used precisely at the time of numbness of the hands. Such exercises are considered the most effective.
Head rotation. They can be performed anywhere - at home or in the office at the desk. Try turning your head to the left and then to the right. Do the exercise at least twice a day.
Shake your limbs. To do this, lie on the floor, place a pillow under your head and raise your legs so that they are perpendicular to the floor. Shake your limbs until you get tired. Do not strain your spine during exercise.
Lie on your back and try to stretch your arms along your torso. Squeeze and unclench your fingers until you feel tired.
How to treat hand numbness with osteochondrosis using massage?
Experts recommend resorting to massage if there is hand numbness in osteochondrosis. You can perform the procedure yourself, but it will be more correct if you go to the clinic to see a specialist. Perhaps it will be a chiropractor or massage therapist.
There are many techniques and procedures that have a positive effect on the vertebrae that are affected:
- Acupuncture - the process of acupuncture at specific points in the body;
- Osteopathy, in which there is a manual reduction of the vertebrae and pinched nerves;
- Phonophoresis treatment - carried out using ultrasound;
- Vibration massage techniques.
Increasing the motor activity of the cervical spine is a significant step towards getting rid of osteochondrosis. Remember that the neck should always be in motion, in no case do not allow stagnation, try to turn to the sides more often.
To relieve pressure from your limbs and cervical spine, try keeping your shoulders down.
How to treat hand numbness with osteochondrosis of the cervical spine?
Treatment of hand swelling with such a disease is always aimed at preventing the progression of the disease. In order to treat the problem, you need to use medication, combining them with physiotherapy.
Medical treatment consists of taking anti-inflammatory drugs as well as pain relievers. A specialist can prescribe injections, a complex of vitamins and drugs that quickly relieve inflammation.
Physiotherapy is a complex of procedures that perfectly cope with inflammatory processes, relax muscles. Even after the symptoms disappear, preventive measures must be continued.
Elimination of the problem with folk remedies
Tincture based on Kalanchoe will relieve the condition. To do this, take a half-liter jar and fill it halfway with the cut leaves of the plant. Fill the jar up to the top with alcohol. Store the tincture in a dark place, and be sure to shake before use. The medicine is infused for at least a week. Rub your hands and feet in areas where you feel swelling and pain.
Black radish treatment
One and a half glasses of black radish juice must be mixed with honey. Add 1 glass of vodka and 1 tablespoon of salt. Massage the medication into areas where you feel numb. An excellent option is to carry out the procedure after going to the bathhouse. You can also take the medicine by mouth, 30 ml.
Bay leaf and juniper ointment
For this procedure, you will need a crushed bay leaf. Take 6 parts and mix with 1 part crushed juniper needles. Add 12 parts melted butter to the medicine and mix thoroughly. Such a remedy is an excellent pain reliever that relieves leakage.
Take gruel from freshly grated onion and apply to the places where you feel numb. Cover the area with a bandage and let the onion mixture sit overnight. You can use a product based on honey and onions. Mix 300 grams of honey with two grated onions. Rub the composition into painful areas overnight.
Treatment of the problem is possible only with an integrated approach. Use folk methods and do not forget about physiotherapy exercises, improve health, carry out the prevention of osteochondrosis.
Remember that the best prevention of hand numbness is a healthy lifestyle, combined with massage, physical therapy, and proper nutrition with sufficient vitamins and minerals. Only by observing all of the above points, you can forget about the problem and prevent cervical osteochondrosis.
Timely referral to a specialist and identification of pathologies is another important aspect in the fight against numbness of the extremities.