Numbness and tingling in the fingers, hands, and feet can be an uncomfortable feeling. Oftentimes, it is simply a symptom of staying in one position for too long, but it is also a normal occurrence for women who are going through menopause. Tingling extremities can also be an indicator of a more serious problem, but depending on the frequency and severity of the symptom, you may want to seek medical help. Fortunately, here are some simple ideas to help relieve uncomfortable feelings in the arms, legs, and feet.
Sometimes, tingling feelings are the body's way of conveying that it's time to do something different. When it comes to relieving this uncomfortable pain, being active, using muscles and nerves, and getting the blood pumping are a great place to start.
- Stretching. This is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to increase blood circulation, which in turn can improve feeling in those fingers and toes. Focus on the muscles in the shoulders, arms, hands, legs, and feet.
- Yoga. It is an ancient technique that has been steadily growing in popularity in recent years. Its combination of body postures, relaxation techniques, and breathing practices could work wonders for the whole body, including the extremities.
- Swimming. This is an excellent low-impact sport that works many parts of the body at once. Participating in this valuable activity will move muscles and increase heart rate with less risk of injuring potentially sensitive areas than a higher impact exercise. It is also an aerobic exercise that gets the heart pumping.
Women going through the stages of menopause have been known to report numbness and tingling and therefore shouldn't be too alarmed if this occurs; it is uncommon, but a normal side effect of the hormonal fluctuations happening at this time. Therefore, it's important to make positive choices every day that will improve total well-being and give the support your body needs to thrive. Getting enough sleep each night, staying hydrated, and maintaining a balanced diet are all constructive lifestyle choices that will help on the road to reducing tingling extremities and boosting overall health.
For those experiencing tingling extremities, it's possible that a general loss of feeling may also occur. In this case, it's wise to be careful and take extra precautions in case of unnoticed injury or accidental harm. A loss of feeling makes the body more susceptible to falls and other injury.
Tingling extremities, known in the medical world as a paresthesia, can also be an indicator of a more serious problem, such as a nerve injury, carpal tunnel, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, high blood sugar, multiple sclerosis, or a herniated disk. Read more about treatments for tingling extremities and other menopause symptoms.
- Heller, J. (2013). Numbness and tingling. Retrieved January 7, 2015, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003206.htm
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (n.d.). Yoga as a Complementary Health Approach. Retrieved January 7, 2015, from http://nccam.nih.gov/news/multimedia/infographics/yoga