Chiropractic Relief for Pinched Nerve Pain
What is a Pinched Nerve?
Pinched nerve pain is an injury to one or more nerves, resulting from a constriction, compression, or stretching of the nerve. Nerves leave the spinal cord and extend into the arms and legs so that they can communicate with the tissues in the extremities. If you have ever experienced a burning sensation or your hand or foot “falling asleep,” you have probably experienced a pinched nerve. These signs may feel minor, but they can become more serious conditions.
Muscle strain, muscle pull, or even a muscle tear can result in damage that may complicate a pinched nerve. Under pressure on muscles during the course of normal daily activities adds up; this is referred to as a “latent strain.” These chronically contracted muscle fibers can be injured with sudden or arduous activity, whether a person is involved in sports or just performing daily tasks. Over years, and with age, repetitive activities create chronic spasm (contractures) and posture weakness.
Symptoms of Pinched Nerve
There are several symptoms of pinched nerves. Some people may experience all of them, while others may only experience one or two. The symptoms of pinched nerves will occur in the area that is supplied by the particular nerve that is compressed. This is why a pinched nerve in the neck may cause pain into the arm. We call that “referred pain.” The symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
- Achy pain
- Burning pain
- Sharp pain
- Throbbing pain
- Arm or leg “falling asleep”
- Pins and needles sensation
- Loss of sensation/feeling
- Increased pain with coughing and sneezing
A pinched nerve in the lower back may radiate through the leg as far as the foot. A pinched nerve in the neck may travel through to the shoulder and into the arm as far as the hand.
Causes of Pinched Nerve
Nerve cells have fibers that run several feet toward their end points. These fibers leave the spine through small opening and go to the organs and the peripheral nerves and on to the arms, legs, and around the body. These nerves are responsible for muscle movement and for providing the sense of feeling. A nerve becomes “pinched” when it is compressed by surrounding bone or cartilage. When a nerve is pinched, the level of nutrients supplied to the nerves diminishes, and eventually the nerve will not be able to conduct electrical charges. The result can be numbness, tingling, or nerve pain. No matter what is causing misaligned vertebrae, bone or cartilage to pinch a nerve, it is important to seek treatment if the problem does not go away on its own in a few weeks.
There are many other health conditions that can cause tissues to pinch a nerve:
- Improper posture
- Repetitive motion
- Sports Injuries
Chiropractor for Pinched Nerve
A chiropractor, specializing in realignment of the spine, can make a diagnosis and suggest the best plan of care. Please contact me for a free consultation to discuss your concerns. I specialize in the following treatments of neck pain, which may be individual or used in combination to provide easy and convenient solutions for your discomfort:
A gentle process to carefully meet your personal adjustment needs over time. I use many adjusting techniques from non-force to traditional, tailoring the techniques for each patient. Results are measured by exam, not symptoms, as it relates to your health as reported in the Winsor Study. and pain issues. Health insurance, budgets, and family plans are all a part of our healthy chiropractic philosophy of life.
Soft Tissue Chiropractic
Sports injury treatment handles muscle, tendon, and ligament imbalance, scar tissue, hardening, tension, trigger points, and ankylosis with soft tissue techniques. We treat all ages from the elderly down to newborns using muscular spinal fixes.
Electrical modalities may be used for inflammation, pain control, herniated discs, degeneration, bone spurs, sports and car injury, and soft tissue rehabilitation (muscle, tendon, imbalance, scars, hardening, tension, ankylosis).
The AK basics are used to supplement other care. In AK, the main premise is that every organ has a relationship with a corresponding muscle, termed the “viscero-somatic relationship.” (Viscero = organ and somatic = body)
Nutrition Response Testing
Silent causes can lead to recurring or chronic issues. A relatively healthy body can have weakness from deficiencies, toxins, past lifestyle, or immune challenges. Read the article my colleague wrote on Pasteur vs. Bechamp as it relates to toxins even back in the early 19th century.
Exercise & Meditation
Exercises or meditation technique basics assist in maintenance of your body. Acute care skills are for pain management of a condition.
I believe chiropractic, with my experience and proven track record of success in relieving pinched nerve pain symptoms, is an effective remedy to reduce and eliminate your suffering. Please contact me for a free consultation to discuss your concerns.
Dr. John G. Marone, D.C.