Many people struggling with numbness, tingling and pain in their arms or legs will resort to taking large amounts of over-the-counter or prescription medications in an attempt to control the symptoms.
According to the FDA, taking too much Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and Excedrin, will kill you and the government agency also admits this chemical is the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. Acetaminophen is responsible for 56,000 emergency room visits and 456 deaths annually, according to studies done between 1990 and 1998. In spite of this, billions of doses are sold each year.
Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, Aspirin, Excedrin and other medications called NSAIDS are frequently taken by people for years on a daily basis. Many doctors will tell them that taking these medications are okay to use all the time. Unfortunately that is not true! In fact the regular ingestion of NSAIDS (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) is very dangerous.
The July 1998 issue of The American Journal of Medicine stated the following:
"Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated."
The upper cervical chiropractic approach used in our office seeks to rebalance the head and neck in order to take pressure off of the nerves that extend from the neck all the way down the arm into the hands. Nerve irritation from misalignments in the neck is a frequent cause of numbness and tingling.
Here’s an example of an upper cervical chiropractic case study that illuminates this:
"I was having pain from my neck into my right arm all the way to the hand. I was also getting numbness, tingling and weakness into my right hand. I even had atrophy in my hand. My activity level was way down. The condition started about 7 years ago following a fall. But the current episode started about a year ago. I had gone to medical doctors, neurologists, had MRI’s, x-rays and physical therapy. I was prescribed corticosteroids several times and I was taking 4-6 Tylenol every day. I knew that I could not continue living the way that I was…I was on a downward spiral. And I was poisoning my body with Tylenol!
I was about 3 months into my upper cervical chiropractic care when I noticed that the pain in my neck and arm were almost completely gone! The strength in my arm is coming back as well…I am able to do push ups again! I am also feeling more relaxed and rested overall. My energy level has increased significantly. My balance and coordination are also greatly improved. My sense of well-being and my ability to handle stress are also much better!
For the first month or so I had very little results because my condition was so severe. But as I have held my corrections longer and longer periods of time the nerves have been able to heal. Now after about 6 months the strength in my hand has returned and the atrophy is almost completely gone.
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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/