How To Get Rid of Pins and Needles

By Subodh / July 18, 2009

Pins and Needles are nothing but the sensation that bothers you like a pin pricks you. It is also called as paresthesia. It happens once in a while to everyone but if it happens frequently you need to get rid of it. Below are some common causes and treatment for the same pins and needles. It mostly happens when you put lot of pressure on one particular nerve especially when you sit cross-legged for a long time.

1. Transient pins and needles

Mostly temporary pins and needles are caused due to continuous blockage of blood flow in the arms, hands, legs, feet, and other parts of the body and because of it the connection between your brain and limbs break down completely. The nerve gets squeezed and it restricts its way for carrying the nutrients to cells. When you remove the pressure our brain receives some inconsistent messages that make you feel like pins and needles and after sometime you won’t feel any sensation for the same.

Treatment for Transient pins and needles

1. Limbs and other body parts

Try to move your head from one side to another to lessen the pain. It would help the blood to start freely flowing into the brain and would also relax the nerve which was getting pressurized.

2. Arms

Normally the sensation in the arms is felt due to the nerves of the neck getting compressed. Try to relax those nerves first and within minutes the sensation would vanish.

3. Hands

If there is simply no sensation in your hand then you can start moving your fist in clockwise direction. Thus it would relax the nerve and the pain would go away.

4. Legs or feet

It’s the easiest way to get rid of it. You should simply start walking or jogging so that the blood flow which was blocked starts circulating.

2. Chronic pins and needles

If the sensation is felt frequently then there is some serious problem to it. Below are some common reasons under which it tends to occur.

1. Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel is nothing but a narrow nerve located in the palm of our hand that protects a main nerve and nine tendons. If these tendons gets swollen it reduces the space inside and squeeze the main nerve. The common symptoms of Carpal tunnel syndrome are pins and needles, pain, numbness, and weakness of the hand.


To reduce the pain there are several surgical and nonsurgical techniques available and depending on the symptoms it should be diagnosed.

1. Wrist splint

Use a supporter which would hold your wrist when you are fast asleep as these would avoid the pain caused by its numbness. This technique only works if the pain is mild and it does not last for more than a year.

2. Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

NSAIDs are analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects drugs which deprives you of pain, fever and inflammation. Thus it helps you to get rid of Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Thus above are some measures through which you can get rid of pins and needles