Have you ever woken up from a sleep because your hand/arm “fell asleep” and is numb? ‘Pins and needles’ often follow the sensation. Experience numb hands is actually more common than you’d think. The medical term for this is Paresthesia. It can happen at any time throughout the day and without warning, however, usually painless.
Many of our patients come in thinking they have carpal tunnel syndrome. Usually, this isn’t the case! More often than not, if the whole hand is being affected, compression is happening further up your arm, not at your wrist.
Let’s Break It Down
Carpal = wrist
Tunnel = area where the nerve travels through, in this case, the median nerve.
The median nerve innervates your thumb, pointer finger and half of your middle finger. Therefore if more than just those fingers are involved, there needs to be more investigation!
We find that it’s either a patient’s scalene muscles (located on the front side of the neck) or the pectoral (chest) muscles causing this issue. There are even cases where having tight muscles in your upper back and around the back of your shoulder blade can give a heavy and odd sensation in the arm. This shortlist is by no means exhaustive, but these are the most common compression sites that we see.
Not Sure Who To See?
Dr. Becky can assess your needs to determine whether you would solely need massage therapy or a combo of both massage therapy and chiropractic treatment. Anytime there are symptoms in the arm, its important to accurately assess where the pain is coming from to make sure your treatment is appropriate.
If you have this feeling, don’t wait to book an appointment. It is much easier to treat this when its not constant!
We’re conveniently located in Vaughan, Ontario, and have flexible hours. Our online booking portal is available for your convenience, and we are able to bill most insurance companies.