Pinched Nerves and Chiropractic

Chiropractors are the only professionals who specialize in detecting and eliminating pinched nerve problems.

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.

Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve

Symptoms of pinched nerves may vary depending on which nerve is affected. Pinched nerve symptoms range from slight pain to extremely severe and debilitating pain, depending on the location and origin of the pinched nerve.

  • Tingling (pins and needles)
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain radiating outward from the injured area
  • Numbness
  • Weakness of the muscles along the path of the nerve
  • A pinched nerve in the neck can cause neck pain or stiffness, along with symptoms down the arm
  • A pinched nerve in the lower back causes back pain and stiffness with symptoms down the leg
  • Tenderness

Causes of Pinched Nerves

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. In Chiropractic terms we call this a *subluxation).

  • 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)

Chiropractic and Pinched Nerves

The nervous system is the central computer that runs the whole body and all of its functions; the functions of the legs, arms, digestive system, sinuses, immune system and even the lungs. As long as the nervous system is allowed to function with no interference, the body should work normally. When you have a pinched nerve, the message is getting interrupted sum where along its path, therefore it can cause that area (with the pinched nerve) to get “pins and needles”, pain, weakness etc.

Pinched nerves are best treated using Chiropractic adjustments. By using carefully directed and controlled pressure, the pressure placed on the nerve can be quickly and painlessly reduced. The amount of chiropractic adjustments needed to address a pinched nerve will be explained by the Chiropractor in the first initial consultation and examination. As every case is different, depending on; cause, severity, spinal health and how long the problem has been there for.

To get rid of a pinched nerve you need to treat the cause. As treating the cause of the pinched nerve (the pressure put on it) you can relieve the pain. This is why Chiropractic care is the best opinion when it comes to pinched nerves, as it treats the cause (stops the pain), therefore helping to prevent a pinched nerve from occurring again.

The body has the capability to heal itself and the chiropractor supports its healing capabilities to improve your health.

To help speed the recovery process up ask your Chiropractor for some tips; learn proper sitting and lifting techniques, proper rest and nutrition also plays a big part in the recovery process.

Subluxation; a subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body

Resource: Alderson, S. & Muhs, G. (2001) The Effects of Mild Compression on Spinal Nerve Roots with Implications for Models of Vertebral Subluxation and the Clinical Effects of Chiropractic Adjustment. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 4(2), 1-13.