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Experiencing numbness, tingling, or burning in your extremities can be discomforting and, at times, alarming. Often called “pins and needles,” these sensations can occur for various reasons, from sitting in one position for too long to more serious underlying health conditions. At Newleaf Total Wellness Centre, we understand the complexities of these symptoms and advocate for a comprehensive, patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment.

person with red hot feet due to numbness and burning

Numbness, Tingling and Burning OR Pins and Needles

Pins and needles, medically referred to as paresthesia, can range from mild and intermittent to severe and chronic, influencing the quality of life. The origins of these sensations are diverse, from poor circulation to certain neurological diseases. Given this variety, a multidisciplinary approach is often the key to unlocking effective treatment strategies and long-term relief.

  • Nerve compression: Prolonged pressure on a nerve, as experienced when sleeping on an arm all night, can lead to temporary numbness and tingling.
  • Neuropathy: Damage to nerves, often from conditions like diabetes, can cause chronic symptoms.
  • Circulatory issues: Poor blood circulation can make your limbs feel cold and numb or even lead to a burning sensation.
  • Nutrient deficiencies: Lack of vitamins like B12 can affect nerve health and contribute to these uncomfortable sensations.
  • Injuries: Trauma to nerves, such as from an accident, can result in acute or long-term symptoms.
  • Neurological diseases: Conditions like multiple sclerosis or stroke can manifest as numbness or tingling in the limbs.

Dr. David Veltman-Robert, Chiropractor

The Role of Interdisciplinary Care in Resolving Numbness

Given the variety of potential causes, it’s no surprise that a multidisciplinary approach may be necessary. Here’s how specialists from different healthcare streams can contribute:


Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosing and treating neuromuscular disorders, primarily through manual adjustment or manipulation of the spine. For patients experiencing numbness and tingling, chiropractors can help by relieving pressure on the nervous system, improving spinal movement function, and enhancing nerve communication.


Physiotherapy aims at restoring, maintaining, and making the most of a patient’s mobility, function, and well-being. Through a combination of exercises, hands-on therapy, and education, physiotherapists can strengthen the body’s musculoskeletal system, improve circulation, and reduce nerve compression.

Ed Middleton, Physiotherapist


Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medicine practice, involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body. It stimulates the body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow. For those experiencing paresthesia, acupuncture can effectively alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote nerve health.

Manual Osteopaths

Manual osteopathy involves using gentle hands-on techniques to restore optimal body function. Osteopaths assess and treat movement restrictions in your body tissues that prevent you from being healthy and fit. Their approach can significantly benefit individuals with numbness and tingling by enhancing blood circulation and decompressing areas around affected nerves.

Finding Relief for Numbness, Tingling and Burning: Simple Steps

While professional help is sometimes necessary, there are simple lifestyle adjustments you can make that may provide relief:

  1. Regular exercise to improve circulation
  1. Change positions frequently to reduce nerve compression
  1. A balanced diet to prevent nutrient deficiencies
  1. Mindful habits to reduce stress and enhance overall nerve health

However, seeking medical advice is crucial if you’re experiencing persistent, recurring, or severe symptoms.

Recognizing When Numbness, Tingling and Burning is Serious

While experiencing occasional pins and needles is common and usually harmless, persistent or severe symptoms require immediate attention. If you experience paresthesia alongside symptoms such as muscle weakness, difficulty moving, or changes in bowel and bladder function, it’s crucial to seek emergency medical attention. These could be signs of a more severe condition, like a stroke or spinal cord injury.

Taking the First Step

Living with numbness, tingling, and burning in your extremities doesn’t have to be your norm. At Newleaf Total Wellness Centre, we empower our patients through education and proactive and preventative care. By understanding the root cause of your symptoms and leveraging our team’s interdisciplinary expertise, we can create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.

Remember, your path to a higher quality of life begins with a single step. If you’re ready to explore how our team can assist you in managing or overcoming pins and needles, we invite you to partner with us. Together, we can work towards achieving your goals for a healthier tomorrow. Book a consultation.

Written by: DeVera Nybo, MBA, Owner, Newleaf Total Wellness Centre

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