Do you suffer with a pinched nerve? Compressed nerves are common and brought on by repetition. A pinched nerve can radiant pain down the arm or hand of someone who spends hours typing or is active in sports. You might even find yourself wincing as you hit the tennis ball or the letters on the keyboard.
The Raw Facts
When you think about it makes sense. Just as a pinch of your skin can hurt, pinched nerves are really quite similar. However, instead of fingers compressing skin together, it’s cartilage, tendons, bone or muscles that cause the pinching. Something is out of alignment. They’re usually found in your upper or lower back or your neck.
3 Symptoms of Pinched Nerves
- Tingling (like when your foot falls asleep)
- Shooting pain when you exercise or engage in the activity that’s causing it (such as typing)
If you haven’t started feeling any of these symptoms, you can practice regular stretches and take frequent breaks if you spend long hours at the computer. Ergonomically friendly desks and chairs will help keep you from hunching over. Slouching and hunching knocks your body out of alignment which can make pinched nerves and other problems like carpal tunnel more prevalent.
If you are in pain, you’re not alone. One statistic says 31 days a year of work are lost to pain around pinched nerves and carpal tunnel. That’s a lot of time in pain! And surgery isn’t always effective. In fact, many patients find themselves undergoing surgery more than once to try to alleviate their pain.
Massage therapy and chiropractic care can help you be pain free. Better yet, unlike surgery and pills, chiropractic care can help your body to heal itself!
If you’re currently suffering from a pinched nerve, it’s worth it to stop in and see your local chiropractor.