Lifestyle & wellbeing to help with pins and needles
Exercise those extremities
Improve your blood flow and circulation by staying active and exercising regularly. Swimming, pilates, cycling or a brisk twenty-minute walk are perfect to increase your heart rate and improve circulation. Diet and exercise together can help fight off tingling and numbness in your extremities.
If you have constant tingling, consult your doctor before increasing activity levels.
Fatigue may lead to muscle tension, affecting nerves and cause tingling, and pins and needles. Top up your energy tank; eat well, get on top of your sleep, stay hydrated, and exercise. Being tired increases feelings of anxiety and stress, which in turn increase fatigue. Yes, it’s regularly recommended, but there’s tons of research confirming that pilates and yoga help with relaxation and relieving stress. Check out our Hot Flush YouTube vlog – Yoga with Annie – Relaxation & Breathing Exercises.
Strike a pose
Maintaining good posture will lesson pressure on nerves reducing the chance of numbness or tingling. Pilates and yoga are both great forms of exercise to benefit your posture and for helping to release pinched nerves. Alexander Technique helps you to change your ways so that you can improve your posture, look online to find a local instructor.
Make time for massage
Massage can help with circulation to ease, or prevent tingling. You can massage your feet and hands using marjoram, or wild orange essential oil. Or try oils containing capsaicin, the chemical that gives chilli its heat, for a more intense effect, best when diluted with a carrier oil.
Cold hands and a warm bottle
Hormone levels can affect circulation causing a drop in body temperature, so feet and hands get cold, triggering tingling. Keep a hot water bottle handy to warm up your feet and hands.