A “pinched nerve” means that the nerve has been compressed, constricted or stretched in some way. Which can be pressure applied by the surrounding tissue that can cause irritation and disruption of the nerves functioning. (The nerve’s message gets interrupted somewhere along its path).
A pinched nerve can happen anywhere in the body, but the most common place is in the neck and low back, as these are the areas that do the most moving, and often refer pain down the leg or arm.
Have you ever bent over to pick something up off of the ground only to find that the minute you stood back up you were in intense pain?
How about the mornings you wake up and find that you cannot move your head without terrible pain that starts in your neck and works its way out into your shoulders? Both of these circumstances are most likely brought about as the result of a pinched or trapped nerve.
What Causes pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve occurs when there is undue pressure on the nerve. Most Pinched Nerves are caused by compression, constriction, or stretching but also depends on the location of the nerve e.g.; (When the bones of the spine put pressure on the nerves of the spine.).
• Accidents/falls/trauma of the spine
• Bone spurs
• Sleeping in an awkward position
• Repetitive motion
• Damage done to the joint or nearby muscle tissue
• Hard physical work
• Swelling of extremities (this can occur with pregnancy)
Pinched nerves are a very common occurrence but are definitely not normal. Often, poor posture is the culprit, due to a poor night’s sleep, long durations of sitting, such as driving or at a computer, or lifting heavy objects, such as weights or children, or even reaching above the head can be the cause of a pinched or compressed nerve. People tend to wait until the pain diminishes, but damage remains while precipitating reoccurrence of pain until proper care is given. Mainstream thought is pain management is all that is needed. It is clear that more medications simply covering up the pain is not the answer as neglect and ignoring the problem often leads to more dangerous, invasive medical intervention.
How to Relieve pinched nerve Naturally
– The first one is ice or cold therapy that uses cold packs to reduce inflammation on the pinched nerve. It also alleviates the pain from being too bothersome.
– Spinal adjustments
– Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
– Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
– Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care aims to achieve this by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints and advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the pinched nerve.
Chiropractic spinal adjustments concentrate on reducing the compression in the area where the nerve is “pinched” by repositioning bones and In addition to this, you will be given a series of home stretching exercises and asked to apply ice and/or heat to help to loosen tight muscles. It can also help to reduce inflammation and corresponding pain, as well as restoring proper body functioning.
The chiropractic approach to treating the pinched nerve is to find the source of the nerve irritation and relieve the pressure causing the pain. By correcting the source of the problem, the body can heal naturally without nerve interference. Pinched nerve, like other health conditions that can be traced to the spine, often responds dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is one of the most cost effective and safest form of care for pinched nerve pain. Clinical evidence suggests that chiropractic is more effective in dealing with pinched nerve pain than other more common medical treatments.
Chiropractic adjustments free the nervous system to communicate effectively so that the body can self-heal and self-regulate.