Having a pinched nerve can be a painful and debilitating condition that adversely affects quality of life. While a traditional medical professional might be inclined to prescribe painkillers and muscle relaxers, this approach only addresses the symptoms of a pinched nerve rather than resolving the condition itself.
Because chiropractic seeks to benefit the overall well-being of the individual, chiropractors do not prescribe medications meant to alleviate the symptoms of a pinched nerve. Instead, when such a condition is diagnosed, the chiropractor will perform specialized spinal manipulations designed to treat the condition that's causing the pain.
Most chiropractors will refer to a pinched nerve as a subluxation or nerve impingement. Symptoms of a subluxation may include pain, tingling, numbness or a burning sensation. In some cases, the symptoms are so extreme that it may mean getting poor quality sleep, being unable to work and generally losing the ability to enjoy life. Clearly, these symptoms are serious enough to warrant consultation with a chiropractor.
A chiropractor must first diagnose the condition by conducting a thorough physical examination that may include the use of X-rays. After establishing the condition, the chiropractor performs a spinal manipulation that involves imparting force to specific affected areas of the spine. Essentially, this manipulation has the effect of releasing locked up nerves and reinforcing proper spinal alignment.
Symptom relief should be immediate upon treatment. Depending upon the severity of the condition, a few repeat visits to the chiropractor may be required. Additionally, the chiropractor will offer advice about how to avoid suffering from a pinched nerve in the future. These simple lifestyle changes can go a long way toward ensuring a healthier, less painful tomorrow. Getting adequate sleep, following an exercise routine and eating a healthy diet are all key components that can help people avoid getting a pinched nerve.
Some subluxations are caused by accidents, stress or poor posture. In some cases, a subluxation is not attributed to just one cause. Instead, the condition builds up over time as bad habits are repeated. Whatever the cause of a pinched nerve, chiropractic care can be a great solution.
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Dr. Kate Gerber & Dr. John Gerber