It’s called a pinched nerve because that’s what it feels like. But there’s a lot more going on!
There are pairs of openings between each of your 24 spinal bones, which protect your spinal cord while permitting normal movement, including turning and bending. Pairs of nerve roots, one on each side, branch off your spinal cord at each segmental level to service the organs and tissues of your body.
When these openings are obstructed, your brain can’t properly control and regulate your body. When a spinal bone is malpositioned, it can encroach upon these important nerve openings, causing irritation. This is what we call subluxation.
When spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, it can cause one of two types of nerve disturbances:
- Compressed lesion
This is just a fancy name for a pinched nerve. Although the term is commonly used, what surprises many is that this condition is actually quite rare.
- Facilitative lesion
This describes a nerve root when it is stretched, twisted or chafed. Picture hard tissue rubbing on soft tissue.
Remember, bones are static structures. They don’t move unless muscles move them, and muscles don’t move bones unless commanded by the nervous system. An irritated nerve creates a vicious loop. At ALLCARE HEALTH & REHABILITATION, our job is to locate these areas of your spine and reduce their impact on your nervous system.
A Precise Nudge
A thorough examination helps us identify areas of your spine where spinal bones are stuck and not moving correctly. Then, we give them a precise little nudge called a “chiropractic adjustment.” Your body uses this energy to “right itself” as nerve irritation is reduced. Because chiropractic addresses the integrity of your nervous system, it’s a natural solution to many health problems. To get started on your path to wellness, give us a call.