What is a Trapped Nerve

by Chiropractors Brighton on December 5, 2009

Trapped Nerve

Trapped Nerve

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A trapped nerve is really a lay or common term and is not scientific, however, the reason people refer to it as a “trapped nerve” is because it does really feel like something is trapped or restricted. Many authorities feel that the term is so inaccurate that it should not be used at all. More accurate descriptions include “nerve irritation”, “spinal stress” etc. It is possible for this nerve irritation to happen anywhere in the spine – in the neck (cervical area), in the lower back(lumbar area), or mid back (thoracic area). It can cause pain that affects nearly every part of the body including the back, neck, arms, fingers wrists, shoulders, head, legs, knees, ankles, feet and toes and it can affect our mood and make our life very miserable. Sometimes there may be no pain at all. People with painful nerve irritation might actually be considered the lucky ones as they know they have a problem in their spine and when we know what is wrong we can do something about it. If it causes no pain at all you will not know it is there and it remains undetected – spinal decay may be the result, that is why many Chiropractors, in addition to all the other tests they do to determine nerve irritation, employ the use of x-ray.

Are Nerves Important?
They sure are – without sensory nerves we couldn’t see, hear, touch, taste, smell, or feel hot, cold, pain or pleasure. – in short your body could not respond to any of our commands and would not be able to interact with the world around us. Our body has millions of nerve fibre and they travel in tightly bound bundles called nerves. Millions of nerve fibres may be found in a single nerve. Messages are sent from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain. Different nerves send different messages. Nerves also regulate our internal automatic processes like breathing, sweating, shivering, internal organ function, heartbeat, digestion, excretion, regulation of blood supply to different organs, control of blood pressure and many other functions. Without nerves our bodies would be quite useless and we’d be little more than vegetables and barely survive.

The World Around Us
We experience the world around us through our nervous system – we need to do all that we can to keep it healthy. Without healthy nerves the body is weakened and not able to adapt to environmental stressors. This makes your body susceptible to all kinds of diseases..
The most common form of nerve damage is what is referred to above as a “trapped nerve”. It can affect the health of the nerves and the entire body.

How Do Nerves Get Impinged or “Trapped” ?

When the nerves come down from the brain they travel through a bony canal formed by the vertebrae. If the vertebrae misalign (even slightly) they may cause the nerves to be irritated or compressed or stretched. Nerves aren’t the only things in the affected area – there are blood vessels, discs, ligaments, joints, muscles, fascia, tendons, meninges, lymphatics, other connecting tissue and fat tissue, and they may all be affected.

Many things can cause these “trapped nerves” eg – the birth process, childhood falls, motor vehicle accidents, stressful relationships, improper work stations, repetitive movements, sporting injuries etc. When the spinal column is misaligned the entire skeletal system is thrown off balance.   This can cause pain, fatigue and exhaustion.  Removing these interferences can improve your nervous system integrity.

If you think you have a “trapped nerve” we suggest you contact our clinic at 88 Portland Road, Hove BN3 5DL.   Our Doctors of Chiropractic are experienced in detecting and correcting nerve irritation.    Phone for your free consultation today  01273 208188

Dr Richard McMinn Chiropractor Brighton

Dr Helen Martin Chiropractor Brighton

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