A pinched nerve is one of the more common conditions treated by chiropractic therapy, affecting millions of Americans annually. This condition can occur in many parts of your body and can manifest in symptoms like tingling and even pain. Chiropractic treatments like spinal adjustments and massage therapy can reduce inflammation and relieve the symptoms associated with a pinched nerve. Learn more about this cumbersome condition and how we can treat it at Peak Chiropractic.
Understanding the Nervous System
To understand a pinched nerve and how it happens, it’s best to have some basic knowledge of the nervous system. The main parts of your nervous system include the brain, brain stem, spine, and a collection of nerves that run throughout your body. The nervous system is categorized into the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. Let’s take a closer look:
Central Nervous System (CNS)
The central nervous system is comprised of the spine, brain, and vertebrae. The brain uses 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe and along with the rest of the CNS, passes information throughout your entire body. The central nervous system controls many of our vital functions, including our thoughts, actions, emotions, and numerous other tasks that are crucial to our daily lives. Pinched nerves may occur anywhere throughout the spine and can be treated with several chiropractic solutions.
Peripheral Nervous System(PNS)
The peripheral nervous system (PNS) is comprised of a network of 43 pairs of motor and sensory nerves. These nerves connect the central nervous system to the rest of your body. This includes nerves in the arms, legs, shoulders, and other areas. Since any nerve can succumb to pressure and become pinched, the symptoms can be experienced nearly anywhere in a patient’s body.
What Is A Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is generally caused when excessive pressure is put on a nerve in your body. The most common places a pinched nerve occurs are along the spine and neck, but this condition can manifest anywhere.
How Does it Happen?
Nerves detect pain and send the signal straight to your brain. When a nerve becomes pinched, it can cause an enormous amount of pain, or in some cases, more of a tingling sensation. Depending on how severely the nerve was damaged, even a brief injury can lead to a lifetime of symptoms, unless your pinched nerve is treated.
Who is Most Susceptible?
There are specific conditions that are common among sufferers, including:
- Injury related to sports or trauma. During an injury, a pinched nerve can occur that continues showing symptoms until it’s treated. It’s vital to seek treatment if you notice symptoms, since the condition can become worse over time.
- Frequent, labor intensive movements. Those who have jobs that require repetitive movements are highly susceptible to pinched nerves. The discomfort can make it difficult or impossible to continue working. Chiropractic therapy focuses heavily on improving a patient’s mobility and can be an excellent way to help you return to the tasks and activities you love.
- As we get older, we become more vulnerable to most diseases and injuries. If you’re taking medication for an injury or other condition, consider complimenting it with chiropractic care, which can be highly effective at treating pain.
Chiropractic Treatments May Be the Solution
Since the spine is the primary focus of chiropractic care, it’s highly effective at relieving the symptoms of a pinched nerve. Explore the treatments we offer at Peak Chiropractic and see how they can reduce your pain:
Remain fully-clothed and upright while we make computer-assisted adjustments that you can view on a monitor. Making subtle adjustments to your spine may reduce the pressure on your nerve and eliminate your pain. Learn more.
Our laser treatments don’t disturb your skin but can stimulate the healing functions in your body. This is a safe and effective treatment that relieves pain for a wide range of conditions. Learn more.
Experience a relaxing, water-powered massage that will be a treat for your skin and body. The Hydromassage can relieve inflammation and may be effective at treating your pinched nerve. Learn more.
Make An Appointment Today
Many of our treatments at Peak Chiropractic can relieve the symptoms of your pinched nerve. This is an injury that can occur in your spine, limbs, or other areas, and may vary greatly in pain and severity. To help ensure that we maximize the benefits for each patient, we’ll customize your therapy to your specific symptoms.
Contact us today to make an appointment in our Celebration, FL office.