If you’ve ever felt a sharp, intense, sudden pain in your body that seems to be coming from a nerve, you may have diagnosed yourself with a “pinched” nerve. While the pain experienced is often comparable to the feeling of being pinched, the condition we are actually talking about is what a chiropractor calls a “vertebral subluxation complex” or a subluxation.
How Do Nerves Get “Pinched”
Nerves branch off from your spinal cord through openings between the vertebrae and run all the way to your fingers and toes. They are responsible for our ability to see, hear, touch, taste, smell and also regulate important body functions such as breathing, our heart rate, blood pressure and digestion among other things. While the spinal cord works to protect our nerves, if any of the spinal bones (vertebrae) are misaligned, they can impinge, irritate, compress or stretch the nerves. This misalignment is what a chiropractor refers to as a vertebral subluxation and can be caused by a variety of things including stress on the vertebrae, bad posture, a poor sleeping position, emotional stress, or a combination of factors. A subluxation may not be a sudden occurrence, it can on set gradually over time until it begins to produce discomfort.
Dealing With “Pinched” Nerves
Since a vertebral subluxation is not always a painful condition, there is a chance that you are currently enduring one! For this reason, it is important to see a chiropractor for periodic checkups of your spine. These trained professionals can help correct a subluxation before it becomes painful and help guide you in stretches and lifestyle changes to help protect your spine. The common course of action for a subluxation is a regular schedule of spinal adjustments and check-ups to gently realign your spine and help release your “pinched” nerves.
While the process of an adjustment may seem daunting to someone who has never visited a chiropractor, you can rest assured that millions of adjustments are completed each year and many individuals swear by their chiropractic office!