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A Pinched Nerve is Such a Pain

By Donna Kostiew

We know how you feel. The pain in your neck has been around for days, or even longer. With its accompanying symptoms, it can seem unbearable at times. Friends may have said, “It’s probably a pinched nerve,” but all you know is that it’s affecting every aspect of the day from start to finish, and it just needs to go away. Hop in the car and head to your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. The chiropractors there can help you, and with more than 380 locations nationwide, it is easy to be seen as quickly as needed.

What is a Pinched Nerve?

When there is joint restriction, excessive pressure is placed on a nerve or the nerve roots, causing the nerve to be pinched. Symptoms of a pinched nerve include pain, muscle weakness and spasm, numbness and tingling. There is a chance of severe damage, chronic pain and long-lasting problems if the pinched nerve is not taken care of in a timely manner. It’s wise to be seen sooner than later because the earlier you receive a diagnosis and begin treatment, the less amount of damage will occur and you will also experience faster pain relief.

Know When to See Your Chiropractor

Within your body’s nervous system, the nerves branch out from the brain and spinal cord and carry instructions to every area of the body. Your muscles, blood vessels, organs and systems need a healthy nervous system to function properly. When any of these signals are interrupted, your body will start to develop pain.

The best thing you can do when you start having pain is to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor. Your chiropractor’s treatment of pinched nerves in your neck is designed to find and correct the underlying problem, and not to just treat the symptoms. Chiropractic care is safe and effective and will alleviate the pain that often results from a pinched nerve in your neck.

Some Strategies to Use at Home

There are some simple precautionary measures you can implement at home in order to decrease your risk of developing a pinched nerve in your neck:

Add calcium and potassium into your diet – An underlying factor of a pinched nerve in your neck could be either a calcium or a potassium deficiency. Add dark leafy green vegetables, apricots, bananas, and avocados to help with this.

Sit up straight - With every inch that our heads lean forward, 10 pounds of pressure are added onto the joints in our neck.  If enough time passes, this stress can cause damage to one or more of the nerves in our necks by forcing them to become compressed or pinched.

Get extra sleep - Sleeping extra hours is a natural way for your body to heal itself and should help bring significant pain relief to your neck. Also, consider sleeping on your side or your back, because those who sleep on their stomach are more likely to experience neck problems.

Exercise - Toned muscles, possible weight loss, and improved circulation can help to heal your pinched nerve. Choose a low-impact activity that places a minimal amount of stress on your joints.

More often than not, your neck pain and associated symptoms can be effectively managed with your chiropractor’s treatment plan and some preventative measures taken on at home.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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