“Pinched nerve” is actually a lay or common term and is not considered an accurate or scientific term for describing what happens. Nerves are rarely affected by a direct pinching process, but are more often compressed, irritated, tensioned, stretched, or experience interference. Nerves can be compressed or impinged by bone, tumors, disc bulges, or fibrotic (scar) tissue to name a few. Pressure on a nerve can result in malfunction of that nerve.
This is why Gonstead chiropractors like to more accurately use the terms interference or irritation. A subluxation in the spine leads to abnormal motion of that joint. This motion can interfere with what are called spinal reflexes. Spinal reflexes are a way for the body to relay messages from the body to the spinal cord and vice versa. A fixed or stuck vertebra can cause these impulses to become scrambled.
Nerve interference whether from compression, or irritation, may or may not be painful. Only 8% of the billions of nerve fibers in our body are the sensory type which perceive pain (called nociceptors). We also have motor nerves controlling our movement and muscles; autonomic nerves which controls organs and visceral functions such as heartbeat and immune system; and also others types of sensory nerves which perceive touch (see also numbness), temperature, vibration and regulate balance. A disturbance in nerve function can lead to severe pain if it so happens that a nociceptor is the one irritated.
Sciatica is a term used to describe pain in the sciatic nerve due to pinching in the lower back; Interference in other types of nerves can lead other types of problems.
Gonstead Chiropractic and Pinched Nerves
Those diagnosed with “pinched nerves” should see a Gonstead chiropractor. Gonstead doctors are experts at analyzing the spinal column for subluxation and through specific adjusting removing nerve irritation. Medication and epidural steroid injections have been shown to have only a temporary relief of symptoms while not removing the pinching of a nerve. In a British study of 741 patients with sciatica, those receiving spinal adjustments got better than those receiving medical treatment.
What Gonstead Chiropractic patients are saying:
“I started care for a pinched nerve and back pain. I now have better sleep and my back is great. I would encourage others to get off the pain medication and get to a Gonstead chiropractor.” Alicia B.
“I had lower back pain and a pinched nerve from a bulging disc. I took painkillers and muscle relaxers all the time. I can now go hiking without my left leg going numb causing pain which had discouraged me from exercising before.” Katie R.