A pinched nerve is a condition that can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in the affected area. It occurs when there is compression or constriction of the nerve, and this can happen due to a herniated disc, bone spur, or muscular tissue. A pinched nerve can occur in any part of the body, but it is most common in the neck, shoulders, and lower back.
Chiropractic treatment helps by restoring alignment to the spine. This takes the pressure off of the nerves and allows them to heal properly – it also helps to improve range of motion and reduce inflammation. In addition, chiropractic care can help to strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the spine, which further protects the spine and prevents future injury.
Our chiropractors will firstly assess your condition to see if you are a good candidate for treatment – if you are, we’ll develop a personalised treatment plan for you. This will likely involve multiple visits over a period of time.
During each visit, our experienced chiropractor will use their hands to apply controlled pressure to your spine. You may hear popping or cracking sounds as they do this – these are normal and are caused by gas bubbles being released from your joints.
After each visit, you should feel relief from your symptoms. However, it is important to continue with your treatments until your condition has fully resolved itself. Stopping treatment too soon can cause your symptoms to return or worsen.
The first step in starting physiotherapy for a pinched nerve is to book an initial assessment with a physiotherapist. During the initial assessment, our physiotherapist will take a medical history and perform a physical examination. We’ll also ask about your symptoms and how they have been affecting your life – based on this information, we can develop a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.
The exact treatment plan will vary depending on your unique condition, but it may include exercises, massages, and stretches. We might also recommend other treatments such as heat or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound. It’s important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by your physiotherapist in order to achieve the best results.
Through physiotherapy, we aim to reduce pain, improve function, decrease inflammation, improve range of motion and reduce muscle tension. Physiotherapy can also help prevent the condition from recurring by teaching you how to properly care for your body and avoid activities that may trigger symptoms.
Massage therapy works by helping to improve circulation and increase blood flow to the affected area. This increased blood flow helps to reduce inflammation and swelling, which in turn helps to relieve pain. Massage therapy also helps to release tension in the muscles surrounding the pinched nerve, which can further help to reduce pain and promote healing.
In addition to providing relief from pain, massage therapy can also help to improve range of motion and flexibility – this is important because a pinched nerve can often lead to stiffness and reduced mobility. By improving range of motion and flexibility, massage therapy can help you regain some of the normal function that may have been lost due to the pinched nerve.
The pain and stiffness associated with a pinched nerve can have a drastic negative impact on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, but it’s important not to be discouraged. With the right treatment, you can overcome the challenges that come with a pinched nerve and regain your ability to live a happy, active lifestyle. Book an appointment at SA Wellness Centre today.