What is Nerve Pain, and Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Nerve pain, also known as neuropathic pain, is an uncomfortable sensation that occurs in the central or peripheral nervous system.
Nerve pain can have a variety of causes and produce many different sensations in the human body.
Typical manifestations of nerve pain include a feeling of numbness and tingling, a feeling of constriction, sharp pains that reoccur in a certain area, a feeling of buzzing similar to an electric current, a burning sensation, or muscle weakness and a sudden loss of strength.
Nerve pain can be caused by any of the following:
- Traumatic injury
- Damage from infection
- Poor ergonomics
- Repeated movements and activities
- Imbalanced or misaligned posture
- Metabolic imbalances
- Overwork and strenuous activity
When nerve pain occurs, the body is immediately put into a state of discomfort. The nervous system is a powerful regulator of many natural processes in the physical body, and is also responsible for cognition and emotional regulation.
Imbalances of the nervous system can contribute to anxiety and other negative symptoms. When you are experiencing a nervous system imbalance, it can be helpful to treat it early and prevent other symptoms from developing.
When an injury occurs, the nervous system can receive trauma from impact (or as the result of surgery). When the body suffers substantial impact or trauma nerves may become inflamed, bruised, or severed.
Nerves that are inflamed, bruised, or severed can regrow and recover, but this takes time. In the interim, damaged nerves can produce all kinds of pain sensations, ranging from burning pain to numbness and tingling.
Damage from Infection
Certain severe infections can cause nerves to become damaged. When this occurs, even the body’s natural efforts to repair nerves can be thwarted.
Nerve damage from infections can cause long-lasting pain that comes and goes, moves throughout the body, or is static, chronic, or acute.
Environments with poor ergonomics are common in the both the workplace and at home
Ergonomics refers to the setup of tools, equipment, and furniture in a space with the intention of creating efficiency. Efficient ergonomic setups prevent pain and discomfort and complement the body’s alignment.
Without a proper ergonomic setup, nerve damage can occur from repetitive movement, or movement that is abnormal for the human anatomy. Injuries that can occur from poor ergonomics and damage nerves include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, trigger finger, epicondylitis, and rotator cuff injuries.
Repeated Movements & Activities
Even with the proper ergonomics, repeating the same movement over and over again can create injury and damage to nerves. These injuries are referred to as repetitive motion or repetitive stress injuries.
These injuries happen commonly in the context of sports and occupations that require the same movement over and over again. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be an example of this, as well as tennis elbow.
Imbalanced or Misaligned Posture
Another cause of nerve pain and nerve damage in the body is imbalanced or misaligned posture. When the skeletal structure and joints move out of alignment, the nerves local to the area are crushed, compacted, bruised, and in some cases, severed.
Inflammation in the nerves as a result of poor posture and misalignment is common. Oftentimes, postural change happens so gradually that misalignment is hardly noticeable, but chronic pain—for example, sciatic pain—is almost always a telltale sign that postural changes have occurred.
Diabetic neuropathy occurs when high blood sugar damages the nerves of the body.
Nerve pain from diabetes often begins in the legs and feet, causing feelings of burning, numbness, heightened sensitivity to touch, or sharp, aching pain.
Similar to diabetic neuropathy, metabolic neuropathy is damage to the nerves caused by a metabolic disorder. These disorders can be caused from many different factors, including damage to the kidneys, severe infection (like sepsis), thyroid disease, chronic low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), and excessive alcohol use (alcoholic neuropathy).
Neuropathy resulting from metabolic imbalances manifests as difficulty feeling in certain areas of the body, difficulty using the arms, hands, legs and feet, and difficulty walking. Nerve pain from neuropathy feels like discomfort in the form of burning, pins and needles and shooting pain in any area of the body.
Overwork & Strenuous Activity
Overworking the body or engaging in strenuous activities, even for a short period of time, can create nerve pain. Oftentimes, nerve pain as the result of overwork and strenuous physical activity can be related to small (micro) misalignments in the spine, joints, and bone structure of the body. When even a small part of the body moves out of alignment, pressure from the misaligned area compresses local nerves, causing inflammation.
A common example of nerve pain from misalignment is sciatic nerve pain, which is frequently the result of misalignment in the lower joints of the spine, a herniated disc in the spine, or a bone spur—all of which press against and inflame the sciatic nerve.
Chiropractic Care for Nerve Pain
Chiropractic care is extremely effective in deinflaming and regulating the nervous system. Part of the therapeutic effect of chiropractic care on the nervous system is related to its effect on the spinal structure.
Chiropractic care helps to realign the spine and correct joints that have moved out of place. This action alone removes pressure from constricted and compressed nerves which have become inflamed.
Additionally, manual manipulation from chiropractic care helps to produce a regulating effect on the nervous system’s function. Whether in the form of an adjustment, traction, or guided exercise, all systems in the body are moved closer to a balanced state as the result of expert chiropractic treatment. This includes not just the nervous system, but the immune system, respiratory system, circulatory system, endocrine system, and the skeletal system—all of which help to support the body’s self-healing process and boost the nervous system’s function.
What to Expect At Your First Appointment
If you’re experiencing nerve pain and live in or near the Henderson, NV area, Advanced Spine & Posture is proud to serve the Henderson community with the highest quality of chiropractic care. Advanced Spine & Posture (ASP) of Henderson, NV boasts a qualified team of experienced experts from a variety of backgrounds and specialties, including physical therapists, nurse practitioners, and highly trained chiropractors.
During your initial visit, you will receive a comprehensive assessment to determine the origin of your nerve pain. Depending on what is discovered, a customized treatment plan will be developed to provide you with the greatest results possible. ASP believes in providing diverse and specialized care, characterized by the variety of qualified experts in the Henderson office. ASP is your one-stop-shop for addressing nerve pain and furthering your journey to optimal health and comfort in your body.
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