Arm Pain & Arm Numbness Chiropractor in Singapore

At first glance, arm pain, numbness and tingling or weakness may appear to be no more than warning signs of overexertion. However, these same symptoms can mask underlying medical conditions and injuries, some more serious than others. If left alone, these seemingly minor nuisances can progress into debilitating conditions that hamper normal functions of daily life.

At Vitality Chiropractic, our arm pain & numbness chiropractor Singapore understand the importance of addressing pain and numbness effectively and promptly to minimise their impact on your quality of life. That is why we offer holistic, patient-centric care targeting diverse nervous system-related conditions, including arm pain and numbness, to help you better manage your condition and regain control over your life. Learn more about how the arms, hands and fingers can be affected and how our clinic’s specialised techniques and solutions can address these problems today.



Hand numbness, arm pain & upper limb weakness (or other sensation changes into the arms, hands or fingers) can be challenging. Arm sensations changes are typically experienced as numbness, tingling, weakness, cramps or pain in the arm, hands and/or fingers.

It can be due to carpal tunnel syndrome or shoulder injuries but is most commonly caused by Radiculopathy in the neck (cervical spine), which damages the nerves to the shoulder and arm.

Arm pain or hand numbness are not medical conditions but rather a symptom of another problem (in the same way a fever is a symptom of a problem, such as infection).

Professional assistance from arm pain chiropractor Singapore like our team at Vitality Chiropractic can have great results in helping patients with arm problems (including pain and numbness). This is especially for those who have already seen medical professionals or physiotherapists in Singapore with minimal improvements. 

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Due to the location of the symptoms, many physicians in Singapore assume arm pain and hand numbness problems start locally, such as in the surrounding muscles or other parts of the arm. This leads to the administration of procedures to manage those local structures, such as carpal tunnel surgery or shoulder surgery. In some cases, pain medications or nerve blocks were used to inhibit the pain pathways. These procedures can offer short-term relief. But unlike sessions with an arm numbness chiropractor, they will not help in the long term as they do not address the cause.


Understanding the root cause of your arm pain and numbness is crucial to ensure you take the right action to address it. However, various disease conditions cause arm pain, hand weakness, numbness and tingling, and identifying the precise reason for your symptom can be tricky without professional training. To minimise the delay in receiving the proper care, it is advised that you seek the advice of a certified arm pain or arm numbness chiropractor in Singapore. 

Nonetheless, having a basic understanding prior to your consultation can be helpful. Generally, the causes of arm pain and numbness fall under three broad categories:



This is technically termed Radiculopathy. This is when the nerves get compressed by the surrounding structure, such as the bones, joints or ligaments. This may start after an injury or without any history of trauma. The nerves can be pinched anywhere along the path the nerve follows, including the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. The neck is the most common place for the nerves to be pinched, resulting in pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the arm down to the fingers that require the help of an arm pain chiropractor to resolve. This may also be accompanied by other symptoms such as a stiff neckheadachesfatiguedizziness or sleep problems.

The neck is the most common place for the nerves to be pinched, which can result in pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the arm down to the fingers. This may also be accompanied by other symptoms such as a stiff neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness or sleep problems.

Rotator Cuff injury

This arises from either trauma to the shoulder or a progressive overuse, especially in older patients. If it is a single trauma, this is commonly a sports injury, such as when throwing or overhead movements with weight training. In older patients, rotator cuff injuries may be a result of progressive exertion damaging the small muscles that support the shoulder (rotator cuff) coupled with poor posture over a number of years. This will usually be accompanied by a dull ache into the affected shoulder.

Sprains or Tendonitis

This would be another form of injury or trauma, but it may happen anywhere in the arms or hands, not just the shoulder. This can be from a particular incident or repetitive overuse (RSI). In tendonitis, the tendon becomes inflamed and may be tender to palpation or feel hot to touch. There may also be swelling for either sprains or tendonitis.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes weakness, numbness and tingling in the hand and wrist. Typically caused by an increase in pressure on a nerve within the wrist called the median nerve. Certain symptoms include itching, burning or tingling sensation in the palm, thumb, index or middle fingers.


Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy signals a problem within the peripheral nervous system (the network of nerves outside your brain and spinal cord). This condition occurs when the nerve cells are damaged or destroyed. This nerve damage disrupts the communication between neurons and the brain resulting in the sensations of numbness or tingling (also known as “pins and needles”). If the peripheral isn’t remediable, support such as chiropractic and physical therapy are generally designed to help control and prevent further nerve damage.

Spinal Cord Injury

The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. When a person suffers from spinal cord injury, the nerve cells and groups of nerves called tracts are also affected. These tracts in your spinal cord are responsible for sending messages from your brain to the rest of the body and vice versa. Symptoms of this injury also include loss of sensation, numbness or tingling in your hands, fingers, feet or toes. In extreme cases, arm numbness could also be an indication of a heart attack or stroke. These conditions are typically accompanied by other unique symptoms. However, seeking the advice of a competent chiropractor can still be a good precautionary measure to detect any potentially threatening conditions early and prevent their progression.


The most common symptoms of a stroke include, but are not limited to, the sudden paralysis of a leg, arm or one side of the face as well as a sudden feeling of numbness, weakness or dizziness. A stroke occurs when there is an interruption in the blood flow to the brain. If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a suspected stroke, immediately see your medical practitioner and get emergency medical attention.

Heart Attack

A person experiencing a heart attack can experience severe chest pain along with tingling and numbness down their arm as a result of severe blockages in blood flow from the heart. Other symptoms may also include nausea, sweating, dizziness and shortness of breath.

Numbness In Fingers & Tingling Sensation?

The nerves from the neck supply all parts off the shoulder, arm and hands. They then pass down to the fingers, with different fingers indicating different parts of the arm or neck which may be injured. Think of the nerves like train tracks, but instead of trains running along the tracks, it is information going from the brain (controlling the limb, such as movements or to heal injuries) or to the brain (reporting changes and sensations in the arm, such as feelings or pain).

If these pathways are broken down, it is not just arm pain or hand numbness that occurs. It can also be numbness in the fingers or a tingling sensation in the fingers. This sensation in the fingers (as well as pain or weakness) may not affect all the fingers but only certain ones, such as the thumb or the small pinky finger.

This numbness in the fingers can result in clumsy movements and an increased incidence of accidents. A tingling sensation in the fingers can become annoying and make it difficult to perform normal tasks. A tingling sensation or numbness in the fingers can be a sign of a problem in the neck, especially if there has been no trauma or injury in the rest of the arm. This may start from poor postures or old traumas to the neck. As such, it is always advised to consult a chiropractor for arm pain & numbness in Singapore to address any concerns early to avoid unnecessary discomfort and improve your overall well-being.


For many cases of hand pain or arm numbness, there is a physical trigger. This could be a fall, whiplash, injury, car accident or another insult to the neck, head, arm or hand. This damages the nerves (especially in the upper neck), making them more susceptible to producing symptoms, including those in the upper limb. Once there has been this injury, there can be triggers, such as:

Stress – numbness, weakness, tingling and pain in the arm or hand can follow times of higher stress. In these instances, the brain works harder on the stressful event, and arm symptoms can result.

Specific Head Movements – moving the head in certain ways can pinch the nerves in the neck, which control the arm and hand, triggering an attack. This can also happen after injuries to the neck or head.

Medications – while these may not cause arm symptoms, they may trigger the pre-existing problem.

Exercise & Exertion – whether the nerve is being pinched or a muscle has been damaged, exercise can worsen the problem by incurring more damage to the already injured nerves.

Read about how to Identify and Relieve Stress, here.


For most patients with arm symptoms like pain and numbness, the first visit is to the GP and then a possible referral to a physiotherapist or possibly an orthopaedic surgeon. Tests may include CT scans, MRI and nerve conduction studies. A medical specialist or physiotherapist will first exclude serious problems. If nothing is found, the solutions are fairly limited, with the only option being exercises, stretches or possibly surgery, depending on the cause. This may offer some temporary relief, but won’t correct the cause, particularly if it is due to a pinched nerve in the neck. Once serious diseases have been ruled out, there should be a thorough assessment of the upper neck, where the brainstem and cranial nerve centres are located (the nerves which pass into the arm and hand). However, without addressing the underlying root problem, your symptoms of weakness, numbness, tingling, cramps, and pain in your arms are likely to persist. This is where Vitality Chiropractic can provide the long-term relief you seek. At Vitality Chiropractic, our arm pain & arm numbness chiropractors administer comprehensive examinations like muscle and orthopaedic tests and incorporate the latest technology into our procedures to enhance the accuracy of diagnosis. These include medical-grade computed infrared thermography and specialised bio-mechanical X-rays unique to our clinic in Singapore. Through our advanced and strategic approach, you can be certain that you receive the most appropriate care that helps you achieve excellent, lasting outcomes quicker. Learn more about Posture here.


Research shows that a misalignment, known as a Subluxation, in the upper neck will put pressure on the brainstem. This leads to interference in the cranial nerve centres. These cranial nerves supply all control for the shoulder, arms, hands and fingers. When damaged, this can result in a lack of feeling, such as weakness or numbness, or an increase, such as tingling, cramps or pain.

If the arm pain is worsened by the position of the head this is particularly indicative of an Upper Cervical Subluxation.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic care is particularly effective at helping arm pain and hand numbness, as it specialises in the upper neck where the cranial nerve centres are located.

If you seek chiropractic care, our arm pain chiropractors at our Singapore chiropractic clinic specialise in Upper Cervical care. Our expertise in the field allows us to tailor effective therapies to maximise the benefits you gain from each session. Committed to supporting our patients to recover quickly, we are also the first to bring this technique to South East Asia and the only clinic in Singapore offering solutions based on this approach. Our unique NeuroPro method combines computed infrared thermography nerves scans and biomechanical x-rays, which enables our team to accurately diagnose the underlying root cause of your problem and provide better-targeted support for arm pain and hand numbness.

Our talented team of professionals, Jessey Wong and Shaan D. Rai, are both qualified nerve system specialists who have undergone post-graduate work. Founder of Vitality Chiropractic, Shaan D. Rai, brings with him tenfive years of experience and a history of helping patients ranging from newborns to seniors resolve arm pain and numbness in the UK and Singapore. Meanwhile, Jessey Wong has provided support for patients in Malaysia. With our team’s broad exposure, breadth of knowledge, and dedication, you can trust that we provide you with the best possible care.

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In Singapore, arm pain and numbness is commonly managed by medicines, such as anti-inflammatories or painkillers, which can be helpful in some cases for the short term. However, if the cause is rooted in the nerve system, this will only help to temporarily relieve the symptoms.

Where the arm pain and hand numbness are chronic (long term), the therapy must assess any underlying problems in the nerve system, and seeking the help of a chiropractor is recommended.


Depending on the type of arm pain, some exercises that can be helpful, such as seen in the video below.

For pinched nerves, the focus must be on the brain stem and nerve system to mend the problem and give a long–term solution.


With the use of adjustments, a chiropractor can effectively release a pinched nerve to target the underlying cause of arm pain. Chiropractic adjustment involves using hands or a small device to apply a controlled force to a spinal joint to enhance its movement, resulting in better physical performance and function. This non-invasive approach promotes recovery without the need for medications or invasive procedures, which may result in unwanted side effects. Reach out to our team in Singapore today to learn more about how we can help improve your condition!


Shaan is a GCC registered Chiropractor from London (UK) who graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (UK). He has completed post-graduate studies and has been a decade of experience..

He founded Vitality Chiropractic Centres to open the first Upper Cervical clinic in Singapore.

He is the Alliance of Chiropractic (AOC) Vice President and Chairman for Outreach, organising events with People’s Association (PA) and other charities. Shaan has served thousands of patients, with experience in patients with headaches, migraines, vertigo, Meniere’s, whiplash, IBS and other chronic nervous system problems.

“You are always better off with a healthy nerve system than an unhealthy nerve system, regardless of symptoms” – Shaan

Jessey is a GCC registered Chiropractor from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), graduated from Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (UK). She has experience serving patients from 2 weeks old to 96 years old prior to moving to Singapore and joining Vitality Chiropractic.

She has completed post-graduate studies and is Singapore’s first female Upper Cervical Chiropractor.

Jessey is active in outreach, participating in charitable trips to Cambodia and within Singapore. Jessey has experience helping patients with headaches, migraines, vertigo, Meniere’s, slipped disc, anxiety, fibrillations, IBS and other chronic nerve system problems. She also has a special interest in children and younger patients.

“I am passionate about helping people kick-start their healing process and have a second chance at life” – Jessey

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