Natural Solutions for Pinched Nerves at Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage
As unpleasant as the term "pinched nerve" sounds, you might not suspect that such a condition can cause enormous problems for your health, wellness and quality of life. But the nervous system is the communications network of the body, with larger nerves relaying messages out to smaller nerves and vice versa -- so anything that disrupts communications to one nerve can cause a cascade of other nerve malfunctions. The good news is that what was pinched can be un-pinched. Here ay Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage, our skilled team can restore normal function to your nerves so you can enjoy life again.
How Nerve Impingement Affects Comfort, Health and Function
After the brain itself, the primary component of the nervous system is the spinal cord. This massive trunk of nerve tissue branches out into major nerve roots that thread their way through small gaps in the vertebrae of the spinal column. the nerve roots then branch out further into all the smaller nerves that serve the entire body, providing everything from sensations and motor signals to systemic commands. Compression of any point in this network can cause some or all of the nerves that rely on that point to relay abnormal signals or no signals at all. Nerve impingement may occur due to:
- Degenerative spinal conditions that allow spinal structures to press against major nerve roots
- Bulging or herniated discs that have strayed out of their normal position in the spinal condition and are pushing on spinal nerve roots
- Inflamed tendons, muscles or other soft tissues that swell up and pinch neighboring nerves, as seen in carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries
- Acute injuries that knock joints out of position, with the new, abnormal position putting pressure on nerves or nerve roots
- Lifestyle issues such as obesity or poor posture, which can cause unnatural stresses that leave you with inflammation and pinched nerves
The symptoms you experience from nerve impingement depend on where the compression or pinching has occurred. For instance, if whiplash or a chronic neck condition has caused impingement of a cervical nerve root, you may experience weakness, tingling, pain, or numbness in an arm or hand, a problem known as cervical radiculopathy. If the impingement is affecting the sciatic nerve roots that extend from the lower spinal column, you may experience similar symptoms in your legs; this is the syndrome known as sciatica. Some forms of nerve impingement can even interfere with the efficiency of your internal organs or immune system.
Non-Invasive Treatments From Our Edmonds WA Team
Most pinched nerves can be treated successfully through conservative care. Our experienced team at Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage can run a thorough evaluation on you to discover, not only the exact location of the impingement, but also its underlying cause. By then treating the underlying cause, we can relieve all your symptoms by relieving the compression itself. We do this through services as techniques such as:
- Chiropractic care - Chiropractic adjustments can correct the position of misaligned joints or vertebrae, restoring balance an symmetrical weight distribution to your body. This relieves muscular inflammation as well as bony pressure on nerve tissue.
- Instrument-based treatments - Treatments such as mechanical traction can help restore bulging and herniated discs to a more normal position in the spinal column, moving them away from those major nerve roots.
- Massage therapy - Massage therapy can relieve muscle tension and soft tissue swelling that may be putting pressure on nerves.
- Acupuncture - Acupuncture is a natural form of pain relief. The needles stimulate endorphin production in the body to relieve acute back, neck, or extremity pain.
- Lifestyle advice - We can advise you on healthy practices to relieve stresses and strains on your body.
Contact Our Clinic for an Evaluation
Don't let pinched nerves place limits on your ability to function. Call (425) 361-1839 to schedule an evaluation so we can put you on the road to recovery!