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The Nerve of Those Pinched Nerves!

By Donna Stark

Oh, those pinched nerves! Sure, there are times when they are short-lived and more bothersome than painful, but don't let that fool you because they can also be quite lengthy, painful, and debilitating too! Even worse, they can limit your range of motion and impede even the simplest of tasks. Have you ever experienced excruciating pain just from turning your head in the shower? Or lifting your arm while getting dressed? Believe me, it's not fun, and if the time ever comes when that happens to you, it's good to know that help is right around the corner at The Joint Chiropractic.

What Are the Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve occurs when there is increased pressure on the tissue that surrounds a nerve or when the nerve becomes irritated from inflammation. It most commonly occurs in the back, neck, shoulders, and hands, but it can occur in other areas too. So what are the signs that you may be dealing with a pinched nerve? Take a look at a few of the symptoms here.

  • Muscle weakness, loss of strength
  • The feeling of "pins and needles"
  • Burning, aching, or numbness in the affected area
  • Sharp, distinct pain
  • Worsening of symptoms at night
  • Worsening of symptoms when using the affected area

What Can Be Done About It?

So, you may now be wondering what you can do to reduce the risk of pinched nerves. Well, here are a couple of suggestions.

  • Paying attention to body positions (don't hold a position for too long)
  • Maintain good posture and a healthy weight
  • Be mindful of daily routines that include repetitive motions
  • Try a standing workstation
  • Stretch and exercise daily

Chiropractic Care for Pinched Nerves

In addition to the self-care tips above, one of the most effective and safe ways to treat a pinched nerve is to see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic regularly. By placing your body's joints back in proper alignment, the adjustments your chiropractor provides can help relieve the pressure and inflammation, which in turn, can restore optimal function to the nerve. Keep in mind that unless there was a traumatic event, pinched nerves generally occur over time, so you may need more than one session with your chiropractor. But that's OK, because with regular chiropractic care, you'll get more than just pain relief. You will be able to improve your overall health and wellness too! So come on in and start feeling better today! Then get ready to tackle your life head-on!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Vancouver, Wash.

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