Chiropractic for a Pinched Nerve

A pinch nerve is so named because that's what the pain feels like for you. For your body to properly function, the nerve openings along your spine must be unobstructed.

The 24 "moving" bones of your spine protect your spinal cord while permitting normal turning and bending. There are nerve roots on each side that branch off your spinal cord at each segmental level to service the organs and tissues of your body. If these become obstructed, even a little, your brain can't properly control and regulate your body.

If a spinal bone becomes misaligned, it can put pressure on these important nerve openings leading to nerve irritation.

Two Types of Pinched Nerves

When bones lose their normal range of motion or become misaligned, it can cause two types of nerve disturbances:

  • Compressed lesion - This is a fancy way of saying pinched nerve, which is actually pretty rare. What's more common is a...

  • Facilitative lesion – this is caused when the nerve root is stretched, twisted, or chafed. I.e. hard tissue rubbing on soft tissue.

Remember, bones are static. They don't move unless your muscles move them. Muscles don't move unless commanded to do so by the nervous system. An irritated nerve creates a vicious loop. Chiropractors locate these irritated areas and reduce their impact on your nervous system.

A Helpful Examination

A thorough chiropractic examination helps to identify areas of your spine where there are misalignments preventing you from moving correctly. We give them a precise little nudge, aka chiropractic adjustment. This nudge reduces nerve irritation.

Because chiropractic helps the integrity of your nervous system, it can help with pinched nerves. Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

Common Questions:

  • How long does it take for nerve irritation to be reduced?
    • Some patients experience immediate relief while others discover it can take many weeks. A variety of factors like the longevity of the issue, your age, etc. can affect the healing process.