Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve Pinched Nerves
The American Association of Chiropractic Colleges 1 defines subluxations as “a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.” Here at Connected Chiropractic, subluxation is simply a barrier to the normal flow of Life Force in the body. In order for your body to work at peak performance and for you to feel your best, subluxations should be removed. This is why chiropractic care and pinched nerves are related! Connected Chiropractic’s board-certified care can “un-pinch” nerves, remove those subluxations, and provide non-surgical and non-invasive relief.
What are Pinched Nerves?
It is basically how it sounds…similar to when someone pinches your skin. Pinched nerves are simply nerves within the body that have too much pressure being applied to them resulting in a compression of the nerves. This pressure can come from bones, cartilage, tendons, and muscles. It can also be the result of other abnormal states that occur, whether the cause is a disease, a condition, diet, or stress. Pinched nerves can also occur in multiple areas of the body. Much like the pinching of skin, the pinching of a nerve often results in pain. We at Connected Chiropractic know that pain is the body’s alarm system. When working normally the alarm system (pain) is triggered when there is damage. A pinched nerve signifies damage to those neurons and alerts the brain.
Since the inside of the body works a little differently than our skin, and you can’t physically see where the pinch is occurring, it is sometimes difficult to know exactly where the pain is originating from. The important thing to remember is that pain is a warning sign from your body that something is wrong.
Another thing to note is that if preventative measures are taken, it can keep the pain from progressing to more severe health concerns. It is best to not ignore these warning signals because elongated pressure can cause long-term damage to the nerve itself. Chiropractic care and pinched nerves once again create a connection, chiropractic care can be the first step towards addressing the warning signs and preventing the pain from growing into a much more serious issue.
What Causes Pinched Nerves?
We have already discussed how excess pressure causes pinched nerves…this is the simplest way to look at it. What makes it more complicated is understanding how many different concerns can result in excess pressure. While pinched nerves most often occur in narrower places within the body where nerves travel, since this makes them more vulnerable, a pinched nerve can occur almost anywhere. At Connected Chiropractic in Johnstown, our dedicated staff understands that pinched nerves stem from the “3 Ts.”
- Trauma – Physical Stress
- Toxins – Chemical Stress
- Thoughts – Emotional Stress
Because we know and understand the “3 T’s,” we are able to examine causes from every angle to help create a plan that is right for you to remove subluxations. Examples might include:
- Bulging and Herniated Discs
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sports or Work Injuries
- Poor Die
- Poor Posture
- And SO much more!
Symptoms of Pinched Nerves
Symptoms of pinched nerves vary largely just like the causes. The area of the body where the pinch occurs, the nerves that are affected, and the lifestyle you lead can all change the accompanying symptoms.
However, a common list of symptoms include:
- Numbness or Tingling
- Burning Sensation
- Feeling Heavy or Swollen
The area of just the spine where the pinch occurs, not including extremities, can have a profound impact on what other health concerns might arise from a pinched nerve. For example, a pinched nerve in the neck or shoulder area could result in headaches, low energy, earaches, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, and allergies. One in the upper or mid back area might cause things like heartburn, gas, asthma, indigestion, and bladder infections. Lastly, pinched nerves in the lower area of the spine might create issues such as bad breath, abdominal cramps, impotence, painful periods, chronic depression, and sciatica. Over time, the protective barrier that surrounds the nerve will break down and lead to long term issues – peripheral neuropathy for example.
Chiropractic Care and Pinched Nerves Relief
The good news is that with rest and conservative treatments such as chiropractic adjustments, most people will recover from pinched nerves within a few days. If addressed early, pinched nerves will not progress to bigger problems. The premise of our board-certified chiropractor and our well-trained staff is that your nervous system controls and coordinates everything in your body and mind. When your nerve energy flows abundantly without obstruction, your body and mind are communicated at 100%, your body is self-healing and self-regulating, and your life is robust. Our care plans can provide relief from pinched nerves and their symptoms and can provide lifestyle suggestions to better keep them away.
When subluxations, such as pinched nerves, impede nerve flow, you are no longer functioning at 100% and your health and vitality are compromised. Subluxations are caused by our inability to handle life’s stressors: physical, mental, and chemical. Left uncorrected, subluxations have a devastating effect on human health and well-being, leading to breakdown, malfunction, and disease. Our goal is to locate subluxations, then remove them and their causes allowing you to heal yourself on every level.
Remember the relationship between chiropractic care and pinched nerves and start on your preventative and healing journey to a better functioning and healthier you! Call our office or schedule online today by clicking “Schedule Healing Now” below!
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