I’ve been experiencing tingling and numbness in my right hand and arm for the past week or so. It comes randomly and lately, more frequently so I was getting a little concerned. I asked the resident physical therapist at my Jiu Jitsu gym what he thought it might be and he said he thought it might be a bulged disc in my neck. I of course said “no way, whatever” until he told me to put my head back and tilt it up. As soon as I did I felt a deadening and numbing pressure starting from the back of my neck on the right side, along my shoulder and a little bit into my arm. Whoa, I guess I might have a bulged disc! After that I got a little paranoid and only trained sporadically. Eventually I got worried enough to do a lot of research and even ordered a traction device to lengthen my neck in the hopes that it would push the disc back into place. After listening to all the would be “experts” at work and websites I finally went in to my general practitioner doctor and did two things 1. I got some muscle relaxers for my shoulder 2. I made sure I could get a referral to a chiropractor I got a good recommendation for a chiropractor from a fellow BJJ practitioner who’s opinions I respect. When I visited the Chiro he didn’t think I had a bulged disc, he thought I had jarred a connecting bone on the spine near the neck. ( I asked him probably 3 or 4 times the name of the bone but I can’t seem to retain it for some reason I will ask him again the next time i go in)
He did some trigger point therapy that helped tremendously! First depressing the trigger points and then stretching the neck and releasing the trigger points by pressing his thumb HARD along my neck and into my shoulder. Now I can move my neck back without any pain although I still have tingling in my hand. The Chiro took care of the muscle spasms in my shoulder through the trigger point therapy. Now that the muscle spasms are gone I can really begin to work on the neck where the numbness is originating from. I was also able to go to the gym and work out normally, the Chiropractor even recommended it as long as I made sure my neck was stabilized. I’m thinking one more session with the Chiropractor should have me 95% healed and ready to hit the mats again!