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Top 5 Tips to Cope with Numbness and Tingling

Numbness and tingling in your extremities is a symptom that can strike at any time of life, but especially during periods of hormonal imbalance, like menopause. Fortunately, there are things you can do to relieve numbness and tingling. Continue reading to discover the five top ways of reducing numbness and tingling in your hands and feet.

1

Wear the Right Shoes

Shoes

A major trigger for tingling in your feet is by wearing shoes that don't fit correctly.One of the top ways to exacerbate tingling in your feet is by wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Shoes that pinch your toes, like high and pointy heels, can cause numbness. On the plus side, if you do have shoes that pinch but you love them anyway, inserting insoles into them can help to relieve the pressure on your feet and reduce tingling.

2

Exercise

Exercise

Weight loss can drastically relieve numbness and tingling.Losing weight can have a drastically positive effect upon numbness and tingling, especially in your feet and toes. However, be careful not to do any exercises that exert a high impact on the joints, as they may make the problem worse. Instead, consider exercises such as cycling on level surfaces and swimming.

3

Be Careful What You Eat and Drink

No Drink

Alcohol directly contributes to numbness and tingling extremities.Try to cut back on alcohol consumption, because alcohol directly contributes to numbness and tingling in the extremities. As well as alcohol, sometimes holding hot or cold food in your hand can trigger numbness and tingling. Use gloves or an oven mitt if you are handling any particularly cold drink or frozen food. Making sure you maintain a healthy, balanced diet will cut down on the chances of becoming overweight, which also reduces your chances of suffering from tingling or numbness.

4

Get Massages

Massages

Massaging your extremities increases your circulation.You can go for a professional massage, or simply massage your hands and feet yourself to reduce the feeling of numbness and tingling in them. The motion of massaging your extremities increases your circulation, which in turn will decrease the chances of you developing this symptom.

5

Use Hot Compresses

Compresses

A hot compress can provide immediate relief for tingling extremities.Cold can be responsible for a lot of the tingling and numbness you feel in your hands and feet. Neutralizing the cold with a hot compress can provide immediate relief to your suffering. Use a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel and lay it on your feet or hold it in your hands.

Numbness and tingling in your hands and feet can be an annoying and common symptom of menopause. Coping with numbness and tingling can be a struggle, but by following these five tips, you can lessen the severity and frequency of the symptom.

Numbness and Tingling Extremities

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Sources:
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