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How to get rid of pins & needles in my arms & hands

Updated April 17, 2017

Pins-and-needles sensations, or paresthesia, can be caused by poor circulation, repetitive stress motion, diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome or psychological problems such as depression. It is uncomfortable and, at times, actually painful. You might not be able to recognise symptoms that alert you to danger, such as high heat or extreme cold. Severe incidents can lead to serious illness.

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  1. Relax your body as much as you can by making yourself comfortable. This will help relieve a lot of the pins and needles around your arms.

  2. Move your head slowly from side to side, almost touching the ear to the shoulder until the sensation starts to recede. This movement encourages the blood to flow freely to and from your fingertips and throughout your arms.

  3. Ball up your hands into fists and rotate them in circles at the wrists. Your fists should trace a clockwise circle as you move them.

  4. Start swinging your arms as soon as you feel the pins and needles. The motion you should be making is an exaggerated form of the one you would make when walking.

  5. Wear a wrist brace while you sleep to keep your arms held in the right position to help relieve frequent pains from pins and needles. The brace prevents you from leaning or applying bad pressure to certain points on the wrist which constrict healthy blood flow in the hand and arm.

  6. Tip

    Refrain from putting pressure on one part of the body for extended periods of time to limit the likeliness of pins and needles.


    Do not ignore constant or abnormally frequent occurrences of pins-and-needles sensations, as it may be a sign of a more serous condition.

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About the Author

Cindy Paterson

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Cindy Paterson has been writing articles on travel and lifestyle since 1991. Her work has appeared on ForbesTraveler.com and MSNBC.com. Paterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from Columbia University in New York.

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