Exercise and Diet to Treat Chronic Paresthesia in Legs!

Does appropriate diet and exercise can help relieve chronic paresthesia in legs? The answer varies from patient to patient, and typically depending on the underlying health condition for the reason of your persistent paresthesia and the severity of the problem itself! While these home remedies can be helpful enough to improve and relieve the chronic symptoms in some patients, others do not find a significant result.

The use of prescribed medications  is also dependent on the cause of the problem. For instance, if the reason is diabetes and patient also has poorly controlled blood sugar, doctor may need to prescribe some insulin replacement to restore or maintain the blood sugar (glucose) as close to the level of normal as possible.

Exercise for chronic paresthesia in the legs

Again, the health condition for the reason of your persistent paresthesia plays a key role in determining the kind of exercise you need to take.

If the cause is multiple sclerosis, your professional trainer needs to make some adjustments in order to meet your body needs. Multiple sclerosis almost cannot be reversed and it can be a debilitating condition which will put you at greater chance of losing your ability to move certain parts of your body.

If the cause is the existence of diabetes, you may still be able to take any kinds of exercise but in moderation. Since people with diabetes are at high risk of experiencing hyperglycemia (a condition of blood sugar level that increases too high) or hypoglycemia (blood sugar level decreases too low), it’s crucial to keep monitoring your blood sugar regularly. Click this section for in-depth information of foods you need to eat before exercise if you have diabetes and other helpful tips for exercise with diabetes!

And if the reason is poor diet such as lack of vitamin B-12 intake, the choice for your exercise can be slightly easier. Ask with a professional trainer or your GP for more advice before starting exercise for better result and to keep safe!

Understanding your hip flexors

What actually are they? They are a group of muscles of hip joints. They are critically important to help the movement of your hip and knee, such as for crossing your legs, straightening your knee, walking, running, or just for lifting the knee up toward the waist.

If you are physically inactive, this may contribute to cause tingling & numbness in the hips or other parts of your legs. And exercising your hip flexors properly (according to your professional trainer or doctor’s suggestions) can help relieve paresthesia in the legs.

Hip flexor stretch

Stretching that focused to exercise the hips can help strengthen the muscles of the hips (hip flexors) which then hopefully will help improve paresthesia. The hip flexors are located on the below hipbones and upper thighs.  Below is for basic stretching to exercise the muscles of your hips:

  1. Gradually kneel you knee, you can start with your right knee. Prepare a pillow or a folded towel to cushion the kneecap when kneeing on one of your knees.
  2. Then while kneeling the right foot, position the left foot in the front of your body! Bend your left foot gradually – and to get your stability, place your left hand on the left leg!
  3. And for your right hand, place it on the right hip and don’t bend it at your waist! Tight your abdominal muscles and straight your back!
  4. Gradually lean forward, shifting more weight of your body onto the front leg. In this session, you should feel a stretch in the right thigh.
  5. Hold for about half a minute (30 seconds)!
  6. Then repeat these steps for your left foot (kneeling on your left foot).
  7. Repeat this simple stretching for several times that meet to your body needs!

If you’re still confused, check the image below (credit to Mayo Clinic)!

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Hip flexion resistance, floor /standing leg raises, or even sit-ups also can help improve the hip flexors.

However again, it’s much better to discuss with your professional trainer & doctor to keep safe before starting your exercise, particularly if you chronic paresthesia is caused by a serious health condition!

Does walking /moderate walking help?

We all agree that walking is the easiest exercise – it is simple and practical, and you can do it anytime and anywhere. Does it help improve the symptoms of paresthesia? Yes it does, some studies have confirmed it but again, the result is dependent on the cause of the problem.

In other words, while it can significantly help some kinds of paresthesia, there are also other types that cannot improve with only moderate walking. Therefore, again the treatment plan must be based on the cause of the problem.

If the cause is neurological disorder such as multiple sclerosis and stroke, patient may be less likely to advantage from walking. In several cases, chronic paresthesia in the legs can cause difficulty walking.

exercise_for_paresthesia_illustrationIf there are some damages of nerves in your legs, you are greater chance of getting loss of balance or even weakness. You may be more likely to get loss of the balance and fall when walking – particularly true if you are no longer to feel your feet.

If your doctor allows you take moderate walking therapy, make sure you choose the level ground to ease your steps when walking. After walking, always check your legs – make sure that there are no sores, redness, or other unusual symptoms in your legs!

Best diet for persistent paresthesia!

When it comes to diet, one of pretty common causes of persistent paresthesia is vitamin B-12 deficiency. Therefore, this issue is one of the major things that usually concerned by doctor and dietitian to treat the problem.

Getting plenty of vitamin B-12 can significantly help improve the problem, particularly true if the major cause of the problem is vitamin B-12 deficiency.

If necessary, doctor may also prescribe some vitamin B-12 supplements (sublingual or oral type) to help restore the deficiency back to normal.