Printer Friendly

Every time I sit in an uncomfortable position, my foot goes to sleep. What causes this?

Dear Dr. Cory:

Every time I sit in an uncomfortable position, my foot goes to sleep. What causes this?

Elizabeth Quigley

Montreal, Quebec, Canada Dear Elizabeth:

There are bundles of special cells in your body called nerves. Nerves are like telephone wires. They carry messages back and forth from your body to your brain. The brain decides what to do--walk, sit, smile, jump--and sends a message to your body.

When you sit in some positions for a long time, you squeeze the nerves. The messages can't go to and from the brain. Parts of your body seem to "fall asleep." Moving around will take the pressure off the nerves. Then they can get back to work. Rubbing or massaging the area that's "asleep" also seems to help.

As the nerves "wake up," you will get a tingling feeling. This is normal. Maybe nerves don't like waking up any more than some people do!

See you next issue! Your friend,

Cory SerVaas, M.D.
COPYRIGHT 1995 Benjamin Franklin Literary & Medical Society, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1995 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Ask Dr. Cory
Author:SerVaas, Cory
Publication:Jack & Jill
Date:Jun 1, 1995
Words:163
Previous Article:My brother says that you can get chickenpox more than once. Can you?
Next Article:Fabulous fathers.
Topics:


Related Articles
Most of my relatives say that watching television too much is bad for your eyesight. They say it's even worse if you watch television in the dark for...
Ask Doctor Cory.
Ask Doctor Cory.
Ask Doctor Cory.
Ask Doctor Cory: for parents and teachers.
Ask Doctor Cory.
Ask Doctor Cory.
Ask Doctor Cory.
Ask doctor Cory.
Ask Doctor Cory.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters