What is NERVE PAIN?
The term 'Nerve Pain' is used to describe pain that originates from a nerve. This can be pressure/compression on a nerve, or even a traction (pulling) injury on a nerve. When the integrity of the nerve is interrupted, it can send 'pain signals' to the brain that create a sense of discomfort, tingling, numbness, shooting, burning or even pain that travels to another part of the body.
How do I know if it's NERVE PAIN?
There are certain characteristics common with nerve pain which include sharp or shooting pain down the arm or leg. The pain can also feel like “pins and needles” or a tingling sensation. Some people may also describe nerve pain as a persistent burning sensation or an itchy crawling sensation. The area that is affected may be more sensitive to touch and temperature changes. Nerve damage may also lead to weakness and pain with movement. To be certain of whether or not the pain you are experiencing is coming from a nerve however, please consult a certified healthcare practitioner near you.
How can I treat NERVE PAIN?
Chiropractic care can be beneficial for some types of nerve pain such as sciatic nerve pain or carpal tunnel syndrome. These nerve conditions are related to musculoskeletal issues or compression of the nerves. Spinal adjustments are used to improve joint mobility and alleviate pressure on the nerves to improve nerve function.
In addition to Chiropractic care, occasionally soft tissue release with a Registered Massage Therapist or trigger point release using functional dry needling with a Physiotherapist can be an adjunct therapy to help improve the outcome.
Nerve mobilization and soft tissue techniques are used to release tension and pressure on the nerves.
Posture correction on the neck and back may also improve nerve function.
Therapeutic exercises strengthen the structures around the nerve, so that there is less stress on the nerves.
Lifestyle and Ergonomic recommendations: Small things within everyday environment, such as the chair you use for work and desk set up can contribute to the pain, so improving work set up will also reduce the stress on the body and nerves.
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