Nerve Compression Syndrome
Nerve compression syndrome will at one point or another affect us all. Sometimes the effects are very mild. Other times not as much. In this article we will dive into what causes nerve compression and what you can do if/when you may have it.
What is nerve compression syndrome?
Nerve compression syndrome goes by several different names. It can be called a pinched nerve, a compressed nerve, or maybe even a subluxation. Regardless of what we call it, the fact is it can be a real pain. A compressed nerve anywhere in our body can cause lots of issues. Think about your spinal cord like a garden hose for instance. If you pinch the garden hose, the water slows down, or stops completely. Likewise, if your nerves are pinched, the signal that they send can also be slowed down or stopped. This means the signals being sent can’t communicate with the body properly. This may result in things like back and/or neck pain. It can also cause tingling or numbness in our arms, hands, or feet!
What causes a nerve to become compressed?
Compressed nerves are most often caused by thoughts, traumas and toxins. Our mental state plays a crucial role in our bodies ability to heal and regulate itself. Constant mental negativity can have profound results on our bodies. Traumas, such as accidents, slips, and falls can also lead to a nerve becoming compressed. Lastly toxins, such as the food and drinks we put into our bodies have a huge effect on us. If you drink nothing but soda, and eat nothing but junk food, your body will not be able to properly function and will slowly begin to fail.
What are some symptoms associated with nerve compression syndrome?
A compressed nerve may have many different symptoms. In the neck it may cause headaches, or numbness/tingling into the arms or hands. In the mid back it can cause shortness of breath, or maybe even some digestive troubles. A compressed nerve in the low back can cause sharp pain into the back of the legs, and make standing or walking quite difficult. A nerve has to be pinched 60-70% before it starts to elicit pain. This means that there can be a problem going on long before symptoms are even noticed.
How can I get a compressed nerve fixed?
Th first place to go to when you have a compressed nerve should be your local chiropractor. A chiropractor is a trained physician who knows all about compressed nerves. They know how to properly move the back and spine into place so as to put less pressure on the nerves. This helps relieve many different kinds of pain and problems so that people can start feeling like themselves again.