Trapped nerves often give pain which shoots or radiates (travels) down the arm or leg. Symptoms are commonly described as burning, tingling or a deep ache and can be very uncomfortable and disruptive to sleep.
What causes Trapped Nerves
Nerves exit the spine through small gaps between the individual bones of the spine (vertebrae) before they travel down into the arms and legs to supply the muscles and the skin. Several structures can press on the nerve, anywhere along this route and cause pain, tingling or altered sensation. Common structures which can compress the nerves include the discs, swelling associated with inflammation, wear and tear (arthritis/ spondylosis) affecting the joints in the neck or back and severe muscle spasm .
Treating Trapped Nerves
At Cheadle Osteopathy we perform a thorough examination and assessment to help us identify exactly where the nerve is “pinched”, in your case. Techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint stretches and mobilisations can then be used to reduce pressure on the nerve and relieve your pain. Advice can be given about how to help alleviate your symptoms at home and any exercises which will assist the healing processes.
If Osteopathy isn’t suitable or won’t be sufficient to relieve the pressure on the nerve then we can refer you back to your GP to request a scan or X ray, if it’s appropriate. This will only be done following a discussion with yourself and your consent.
Osteopathy is a physical therapy which uses manual (hands-on) techniques to diagnose and treat structural and mechanical dysfunctions of the body, without the use of drugs or surgery. Soft tissue massage, joint and muscle stretches are used to improve range of movement and reduce pain and stiffness in the muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
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