What is a Pinched Nerve and What Conditions Can it Cause?
A pinched nerve is pretty much what it sounds like, it is a nerve that has been pinched or compressed and therefore irritated and inflamed. This can be caused by a variety of things, such as a bulging or herniated disc, tight muscles, or a misalignment in the spine. The results of a pinched nerve can vary just as much as the cause of one. A pinched nerve can cause pain in the neck or low back, radiating pain down the arms and legs (such as sciatica), numbness or tingling, burning sensations, or weakness in different parts of the body. There are also some cases in which pain is not a symptom that presents itself at the onset of a pinched nerve or the pain may last for only a few days and then go away only to come back at a later time.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
If you think of a nerve as being like a water hose, where the nerve is carrying messages from the brain to a destination like a water hose carries water from the source to a destination, we would all be familiar with what happens when you step on the water hose. Something similar happens when a nerve is pinched in the spine. Just as the flow of water is disrupted, slowed down, or even stopped, the messages that a nerve transmits are disrupted, slowed down and possibly stopped. How would you solve the problem with the water hose? Well most people would probably take their foot off of it to allow the flow of water to return to normal. This is exactly what chiropractic attempts to do. A chiropractor is trained to remove the interference, to take the pressure off the nerve, and allow the nerve impulses, or messages, to flow normally. When a chiropractor removes the interference, the body is then allowed to function properly and heal itself like it was designed to.
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