While the name itself is frequently a misnomer, as the nerve is not necessarily pinched but rather simply irritated, a pinched nerve is nothing to take lightly.
When someone says that they have a pinched nerve it is typically because they are experiencing tingling, numbness, weakness, pain, or other symptoms in an affected area of the body, depending on the nerve that is involved.
Where a Pinched Nerve Can Affect You
Pain as well as other symptoms may occur in the lower back, legs, and buttocks if the sciatic nerve has become irritated.
Additionally, an irritated nerve in someone’s face can lead to an extremely painful condition known as trigeminal neuralgia, while affected nerves in other locations can even lead to shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, or a myriad of other health concerns.
Typical Treatments For a Pinched Nerve
The solution to a pinched nerve is usually medication, in order to cope with the pain until the condition goes away. Some doctors will even recommend surgery to remove whatever is irritating the nerve and to relieve severe, chronic pain.
With that being said, there are many who may be searching for natural methods for relieving the bothersome symptoms of a pinched nerve without resorting to medication (which can be potentially addictive and could have other harmful side effects) or surgeries (which are invasive and cause a plethora of other problems).
The Underlying Cause of Pinched Nerves
An upper cervical subluxation can result in pinched nerve symptoms. For instance, when the atlas (C1 vertabra) becomes misaligned, your entire spine may be affected due to the righting reflex.
This is our body’s method for keeping the head straight and the eyes level with the horizon. As a result, the shifts in soft and bone tissue may place pressure on the sciatic nerve causing the symptoms of sciatica.
Additionally, bone and soft tissue shifts as a result of an atlas misalignment can also affect the nerves in the face, arms, shoulders, and even the vestibular nerve, which coordinates balance in the body.
This is why many case studies exist that show the resolution of everything from trigeminal neuralgia to carpal tunnel syndrome thanks to upper cervical chiropractic care.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Pinched Nerves
Upper cervical chiropractic can have an especially profound effect when it comes to relieving symptoms of pinched nerves.
Typically, an upper cervical chiropractor will use a low force correction in order to gently coax the atlas back into proper alignment.
This allows the bones and soft tissue of the patient’s body to be restored naturally to normal positioning. Thus, pressure could be relieved from pinched nerves that were causing numbness, tingling, pain, and other symptoms.
Contact our incredible Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Georgia team to schedule your consultation, and get your life back today.
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