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Natural Treatment for a Pinched Nerves

Written by Dr. Brad Barez, CCSP, QME, IDE.

What is a pinched nerve?

man-with-neck-painHave you ever been diagnosed with a pinched nerve in your neck? Well if you have, you will know exactly what I am talking about. A pinched nerve in your neck or your back can have many different types of symptoms. The nerves in your spine are connected to your spinal cord, which is connected to your brain. Your brain controls and coordinates every function of every tissue in the body. The brain sends all its information through the spinal cord. The spinal cord sends its information down to the spinal nerve roots which are connected to the physical matter in the body. It is sort of like all the appliances in your house being connected via wires and then all converging into the electrical box in the house. When a nerve is compressed either in the spine or outside the spine you may have a symptom.

There are three types of nerves that enter and exit the spine that are attached to the spinal cord.

The first type of nerves are called autonomic nerves. This is a majority of the nerves in your body which are connected from the spinal cord to every organ and tissue in the body. These nerves are responsible to control all function and regulation of tissue of the body.

The next type of nerves are called motor nerves. These nerves are connected from the spinal cord to muscle in the body. These nerves are responsible for the movement of the body. They control and coordinate the muscle movement, as well as coordination, strength, endurance in the body.

The last type of nerves are called sensory nerves. These nerves allow you to feel sensations. When you compress these nerves or interfere with these nerves with enough pressure to pass pain threshold or tolerances, you will get a symptomatic response. This is kind of like your car light going on when there’s a problem in the engine. There are two problems here. First, you need to compress a sensory nerve in order to get a sensory response. Next, you need to pass your pain threshold in order for you to experience a symptom. However, a pinched nerve that is felt and has gone beyond your pain threshold is letting you know that the body has a nerve interference.

What is the cause of pinched nerves?

Nerve Endings/SpineThere are two main causes of a pinched nerve. The first one is the vertebral body above and or below physically compressing on top of these nerves. The other common type of pinched nerves in the spine or cost by Vertebral disc compression. The vertebral disc is contained by a vertebral bone above and below and in the front of the desk is contained by a very strong ligament.

The problem with a disc compressing a nerve is the forces above and below squeezing on the desk that is there for bulging disc into a nerve root. Usually just compression has been taken place over many months and years prior to the patient having a symptom. When bones of the spine called vertebra, are compressing on a nerve directly or indirectly from the vertebral disc we call this problem a vertebral subluxation complex. This vertebral subluxation complex is the start of many different categorized problems we have in the spine. Remember, it is the start of many different problems.

What are the solutions to pinched nerves?

There are many different solutions to a pinched nerve problem.

  • The first solution is to rest. Usually the force is compressing the nerves will relax and therefore decompress the nerve to feel better.
  • The more Western medicine approach is to take a pain killer medication or an anti-inflammatory medication. These drugs inhibit the nervous system and therefore decrease the sensation of the nerves and the primary function of the nervous system.
  • Another type of treatment for a pinched nerve is Massage therapy by massaging the muscles that are connected to the pinched nerve in an attempt to make these muscles feel better.
  • An eastern approach to treating a pinched nerve is using acupuncture. Acupuncture stimulates the meridians in the body therefore relaxing these spinal nerves.

In today’s research when a vertebral body or a disc is compressing on top of a nerve a good doctor of Chiropractic will be able to detect where this nerve is being compressed and release this compression physically using chiropractic adjustments. A good chiropractor will use gentle techniques and slowly release these nerves that will decrease the nerve compression in a timely manner.

What is the best solution to pinches nerves?

PillsAs you can see there are many solutions to a pinched nerve. It’s really important to treat the cars of a pinched nerve rather than just treating the symptoms. A good doctor of chiropractic will analyze the vertebral subluxation complex compressing these nerves and use various techniques to physically decompress these nerves. Sometimes this treatment might take a while because the problem has been there for quite some time. If the pinched nerve is an acute phase, usually a patient doesn’t need much Treatment at all. Today every national football team has a chiropractor on the sidelines for a cute nerve compression treatment. As stated before it’s good to rest a pinched nerve, and ice the area of pain until it goes away. It is important to listen to your body, and see how the symptoms are progressing or digressing over a period of time. If the symptoms are not going away or getting worse with time it is a good idea to find a good doctor of chiropractic to find out where the cause of this pinched nerve has taken place.

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What are the dangers of choosing the wrong solutions?

There are many dangers of choosing the wrong solution to any health problems, even a pinched nerve. As stated before these nerves that exit the spine contain fibers that control the autonomic function of the body. This is a majority of the nerve fibers that are connect to the tissue and control the bodies function. When a patient decides to take a pain medication or anti-inflammatory medication, they are inhibiting these nerves from functioning correctly. Yes, a patient will feel good because they are decreasing sensation of these nerve fibers;however, this inhibition is also affecting the autonomic nerves of the body as well.

There are many athletes who would like to take pain medication before competition. This is not recommended because an athlete needs 100% motor function, autonomic function and not just to decrease sensation to the body. When a pain medication is used a patient will decrease the autonomic function and regulation of the entire body. The problem is always going to still be there if a physical compression of the nerve has taken place and the patient has a medicated the problem.

With a vertebral subluxation complex, the bones above and below the pinched nerve are misaligned and are compressing a nerve and a vertebral disc. If this misalignment or vertebral subluxation complex is not corrected the bone, disc and joint themselves will wear down causing what is known as spondylosis of the spine. This is a problem that cannot be reversed overtime. Spondylosis is also known as osteoarthritis. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States today. Therefore, it is a good idea to always find out what is causing the pinched nerve. Do not let any doctor tell you a pinched nerve is not a big deal and can never cause harm to the body.

The New Patient Offer

At Back to Healthcare Chiropractic we use a new patient introductory offer. This is an examination and consultation with a good doctor of chiropractic who will examine the pinched nerve using various methods, which may include x-ray. Then this doctor will report back to the patient showing them exactly where the cause of this problem has taken place and give you different treatment options to get well. We use this new patient introductory offer to illuminate any financial burdens of patients that have to deal with insurance limitations, high deductibles, and any financial hardships.We look forward to seeing you in our office one day, not as a patient with a pinched nerve but has a patient who is regularly keeping their spine and nervous system healthy. These are the healthiest patients that we have in our office. We hope to see you soon!
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