When it comes to pain or discomfort in the back, neck, or legs, there are a number of area's of the body that can play a role. The pain can be stimulated by tight or stiff joints, muscle spasms or nerve pain.
A very common cause of pain is a "pinched nerve". Most of the time, what is called a pinched nerve is actually an irritated, or inflamed nerve where the nerve itself is not actually pinched. In most cases, nerves become irritated and inflamed when the bones, joints or muscles of the spine are not in their proper position, or are not moving properly. This condition is called a "subluxation", the treatment of which is the specialty of the doctor of Chiropractic.
The nervous system is comprised of many nerves, which carry messages to and from various parts of the body. When the nerves get affected in any way or they get pinched or compressed or otherwise irritated, they cause discomfort and pain. Sometimes the source of the discomfort may be difficult to pinpoint, and it can often times be misunderstood by the patient. But, a vast majority of the time, these symptoms end up being diagnosed as a pinched nerve or sciatic nerve issue.
There are many causes of nerve pain. We have listed the various types of nerve pain below for reference.
Pinched nerve – When nerves in the neck and back are pinched, they tend to cause pain and sometimes a change in sensation. Nerves can get pinched due to disc degeneration, injury to the neck and back, or even bone spurs. Stenosis also causes pinched nerves, which can result in pain, weakness, tingling, and burning sensations. This pain can travel to other areas of the body as well. A pinched nerve in the neck, for instance, can cause pain can to travel down the shoulder, arm and hand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome – Repetitive movements and stress on one part of the body, in this case the wrist, can cause irritation of the median nerve. This causes carpal tunnel syndrome. When numbness, tingling, and difficulty in range of movement occur, this could be a sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Sciatica – This is the longest nerve in the whole body. Sciaitic pain often occurs due to disc problems. Sciatica affects areas from the lower back to the lower legs. It is the the pressure and inflammation of the nerve, usually on one side of the body, that can cause sciatica.
Poor posture – When sitting for the whole day at a desk or on a computer, different parts of the body are under constant stress. This tension on the body can throw posture out of balance, cause nerve and muscle problems and eventually pain.
Stress – Whether it is the normal stresses of life or certain peak stress moments, these elements can all cause muscles to contract and stiffen. This muscle contraction can affect the nerves and even stimulate certain nerve pain in the body.
While conventional treatment usually resorts to pain killers to provide symptomatic relief, Chiropractic treatment can dig deeper to discover the root of the problem. Once the Chiropractor locates the source, the treatment can be focused on eliminating the problem, so that the body can start to heal. The body has great self-healing properties and a Chiropractor works with your body to allow the healing process to start. A Chiropractor aligns the joints in the body, relieving pressure on nerves and removing the source of pain.
Chronic pain conditions usually take time to manifest, which means they can also take time to heal. Usually spinal manipulation can bring remarkable relief, and will allow for a shorter and healthier healing process for the body.
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