Numbness can occur in different areas of our body. It refers to the total or partial loss of sensation. We may encounter this from sleeping the wrong way, sitting for an extended period, after standing in a certain position, or wearing tight clothes for too long. However, in some cases, it may indicate a medical emergency, such as a stroke, encephalitis, transverse myelitis, and back and neck damage. Meanwhile, numbness may also be just a symptom of a disease such as diabetes, migraines, neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis (2).
Tips To Tackle Numbness In The Body
There are some tips that may be useful especially when we are experiencing numbness in our hands, leg, and feet.
- Stretching exercises is a must. Regularly doing this helps enhance blood circulation. Some of the exercises we can have include shoulder rotation, neck raises, bends, and ankle-toe movements.
- Get adequate rest.
- When sitting for a longer duration, it is advised to move around every 30-60 minutes,
- Eat foods that are rich in essential vitamins and minerals to promote the normal functioning of the body.
Aside from the tips listed above, there are also some traditional remedies that we can try to enhance our nerve functions and manage numbness and tingling sensation.
By using a warm compress, we’ll be able to increase our blood flow to sore areas of our body. Because of this, pain can be reduced and it also speeds up the healing process. Two types of warm compress can be used: moist and dry arm compress (2).
An example of a moist warm compress is a towel soaked in hot water. Meanwhile, a rubber hot water bottle or a heating pad is a dry warm compress.
Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV)
ACV is frequently used as a home remedy and many people attest to its therapeutic benefits. This popular vinegar contains acetic acid that is known to possess a potent anti-inflammatory effect that helps restore and repair damaged nerves. Aside from this, it is also rich in beneficial nutrients that help boost one’s energy and speed up the process of recovery.
To use this remedy, we simply need to add 1 teaspoon of ACV to a glass of warm water. Mix well and add little honey. Drink this mixture once daily for a good result (3).
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