11 Reasons a Chiropractor Treats Pinched Nerve Fast and Effectively
Pinched nerves are about as fun as they sound. Even the mildest cases can make everyday movements and activities a pain— literally. In severe cases, a pinched nerve can be debilitating. Unfortunately, the symptoms associated with the most common types of pinched nerves can be easily confused with other issues. Some common symptoms include:
- Neck and back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Numbness or tingling of the limbs
- Pain radiating down the limbs
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble sitting for any period of time.
Many people think that pinched nerves will just go away. In some cases, they do. But many times the pinched nerve is caused by another, deeper issue, like a bulging disc, arthritis, poor posture, or dietary habits. This is why we’ve brought you 11 reasons chiropractic treats pinched nerve fast and effectively. Instead of waiting it out and hoping it goes away, you can see a chiropractor for fast relief.
1. Chiropractors Specialize in Pinched Nerves
There are thousands of nerves in the body. The central nervous system runs down your spine and expands out into the nerves of the peripheral nervous system. The most common area of a pinched nerve is where the nerve exits the spine. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the pain will be centralized there. Luckily, chiropractors are well-versed in dealing with all kinds of pinched nerves. One study of 161 patients with spinal nerve compression found that chiropractic treatments had an 85.5% success rate and was found to be safe.
But they’re not only concerned with stopping the nerve pain, although that is the initial focus. A doctor of chiropractic will also want to fix any underlying issue that caused the pinched nerve in the first place. And they’ll do it naturally and without the use of dangerous or addictive drugs.
2. Spinal Manipulation Has Proven Effective
Spinal manipulation is one of many different treatment options in which chiropractors are trained. They generally use this tactic in cases where the pinched nerve is the result of a bulging spinal disc. These manipulations can be done in a few different ways, but are most commonly done by hand. The chiropractor will apply a specific amount of thrust in a specific direction to relieve the pressure on the pinched nerve.
This may be done by bringing the spinal joints back into proper position, which can relieve the pressure on the spinal disc, which can, in turn, relieve the pressure on the nerve. This, combined with other chiropractic modalities, has proven effective for many patients with spinal nerve compression.
3. Chiropractic Massage is Great for Pinched Nerves
Another powerful treatment option for pinched nerves is chiropractic massage. This is a specific type of massage meant to target the soft tissue around the area of the pinched nerve. Oftentimes when a person suffers from a pinched nerve due to subluxation (spinal misalignment), chiropractic massage is used in addition to spinal manipulation.
The muscles surrounding spinal subluxations often become tense, stretched, or weakened. This type of chiropractic massage helps the muscles loosen up so that they can work to support the spine as they’re designed to do. As you can probably imagine, strong, healthy muscles are a big part of a healthy spine.
4. Physical Therapy Modalities are Effective
Many people experience the best of both worlds at a chiropractor’s office. Since chiropractic and physical therapy are two complementary types of treatment, they’re often used together to treat patients with pinched nerves. In fact, many chiropractic offices also house a trained physical therapist, even though most chiropractors are trained in many physical therapy modalities.
Some common physical therapy modalities used for pinched nerves include:
- Laser therapy
- Physical rehabilitation exercises
- Cold therapy
5. Subluxations are Often to Blame
Subluxation is a broad definition meaning an abnormal positioning of a joint (usually a spinal joint). There are many different kinds of subluxations and it’s not uncommon for many of them to result in a pinched nerve. These issues can happen gradually, as is generally the case, or they can be the result of surgery or an injury. Most commonly, they are the result of the natural wear and tear of the spinal joints and discs.
Subluxations are what chiropractors spend the majority of their time treating. Their thorough analysis of any given patient will allow them to determine the most likely causes of the issue and the best ways to fix it. This is one of the major reasons why chiropractic care treats pinched nerves quickly and effectively.
6. Posture Analysis Can Help for Good
Poor posture is a major contributor to pinched nerves in the back. As such, chiropractors will typically perform a detailed posture analysis in order to prevent further issues. Of course, the patient will have to work on correcting their posture during everyday life, but chiropractors can provide the foundation for this with tips, exercises, and chiropractic treatment. Maintaining the proper posture with effective exercises can help eliminate pinched nerves— for good.
7. Nutrition Tips Can Cut Back on Inflammation
While diet is not the leading cause of pinched nerve issues, it can definitely exacerbate an existing problem. In fact, a diet full of inflammatory foods can cause all kinds of issues with the body, including chronic inflammation in the joints. This is why nutrition tips and education are a part of the chiropractic philosophy. Cutting back on certain types of foods, while adopting others, can help reduce pinched-nerve related pain when done in addition to other chiropractic modalities.
8. You Can Learn Stretches to Do at Home
While chiropractors will do their very best to send their patients home with relief, they also know that life can get in the way. They’re all about giving their patients the tools to live healthy, pain-free lives, no matter what kind of issues they’re facing. This is why it’s common for chiropractors to give their patients stretches to do at home. Often just a few minutes a day of the right exercises can work wonders in ridding yourself of a pinched nerve.
9. Chiropractic is Safe and Non-Invasive
Perhaps one of the best things about seeing a chiropractor for a pinched nerve is that it’s safe and non-invasive. Most pinched nerves heal with chiropractic modalities and rarely require surgery. Injections are sometimes used to help pinched nerves, but never by chiropractors. They take a holistic approach to healing the body as a whole instead of just focusing on one part of the body to the exception of the others.
10. May Be Caused by Another Issue
Sometimes pinched nerves can be caused by other issues that need addressing. It does you no good to heal the pain of a pinched nerve if it’s simply going to happen again next week or next month. This is why chiropractors look for other issues, like arthritis, herniated discs, bone spurs, body mass, diet, and even family genes.
11. It Might Not be a Pinched Nerve
Since there’s such a wide range of symptoms associated with pinched nerves, it can be hard to tell without seeing a chiropractor if your pain is actually caused by a nerve. This is where chiropractors excel, using their training and experience to diagnose the patient and provide the correct course of action for each patient depending on their specific needs.
About the Author
Dr. Brent Wells has been a trusted chiropractor since moving his family from Oregon to Alaska back in 1998 and founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab – B.S. from Univ. of Nevada, Doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College, volunteer for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Foundation, and member of the American Chiropractic Association. As a chiropractor his focus is on family, including his 3 children and wife of 20+ years, his clinics, and ongoing education.