How to Relieve Numbness


Numbness is the loss of sensation and can occur in any region of the body. The feeling of having a foot "fall asleep" is very uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing. In some cases it could be due to nerve damage, but in most cases it is just due to compressed nerves and you can get back to normal quickly by following the steps below.


Step 1

Rock your head from side to side to relieve the numbness in a hand or arm. The tingly feeling in your hands may be due to compression of the bundle of nerves in the neck. Moving your head loosens your neck muscles and relieves the pressure.

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Step 2

Clench and unclench your fist several times to "wake up" your arm. The muscle movement increases blood flow to the limb.

Man clenches fist
Man clenches fist (Image: Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 3

Stand up or walk around if your legs get numb. That helps loosen compressed nerves in your lower body.

Man standing in office
Man standing in office (Image: mamahoohooba/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 4

Massage the affected area to relieve the numbness. Use olive oil or aromatic oil and massage in a circular motion to enhance blood circulation and reduce muscle tension.

Woman massaging her own feet
Woman massaging her own feet (Image: Vera7388/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Apply a topical lotion like Neurelief to get rid of sore, tingly or numb feet and toes.

Woman putting topical lotion on her foot
Woman putting topical lotion on her foot (Image: Teamarbeit/iStock/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Talk to your doctor to find out the cause of frequent numbness. High levels of calcium, potassium or sodium in your blood and low levels of vitamin B12 could be the cause.
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