leg-tinglingHave you ever had a strange “pins and needles” sensation in your legs? Many people have. It’s a fairly commonly occurring phenomenon. You might be surprised to know, however, that in many cases, the problem doesn’t have anything to do with your legs.

These kinds of pins and needles sensations are distinctly different from the muscle pain, quivers and spasms you feel after a period of overexertion. You’ve almost certainly experienced that sensation as well, and you understand the difference.

In those cases, you feel the pain beginning a few hours (sometimes sooner) after a period of especially intense exertion. That sensation is caused by overusing your leg muscles, and it tends to be short-lived. Give your body a bit of time to rest and recover, and those cramps fade away in time.

That tingling sensation, however, doesn’t behave like that. It may come and go, but it tends to be a periodic, chronic condition, and it points to another potentially more serious problem.

There are a number of things that could be causing that type of tingling sensation, including pinched or damaged nerves, a herniated lumbar disc, poor circulation or conditions like spinal stenosis, which is caused by a narrowing of the spine and results in compression of the spinal cord and the nerves associated with it.

Whatever the root cause of those tingles, your chiropractor can help you get to the bottom of it, and by addressing the root cause, in time, you can be rid of the sensation for good. The important thing here, though, is to take action. That tingling sensation is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If left unattended, it could blossom into a much larger, much more painful problem that requires surgery to correct.

The bottom line is that if you’re feeling those strange tingling sensations, do something about it. Start with a phone call to your chiropractor and set up an appointment to get to the bottom of it sooner, rather than later.