What is a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve happens when muscles, cartilage and bone tissue begin to narrow and compress the nerve anywhere in the body. This can happen over time from aging, postural concerns, repetitive movements, obesity, and injury. The symptoms of a pinched nerve include numbness, tingling and burning. You can also experience weakness, and heaviness in the extremity, whichever is affected. Depending on the severity of the pinched nerve. You would want to see your family Dr. first to get the diagnosis. Your family Dr. will start with testing of the nerve and reach out to specialist when needed. From there we have a few options: massage therapy, physiotherapy/chiropractor, medications, and surgery as the last resort. Benefits of massage therapy on a pinched nerve include lengthening techniques on the muscles, decreasing any tension found within the muscles by compression within the muscle bellies, and tendons involved. Stretching the muscles of concern by assisted or active stretches. Some techniques may be very painful, depending on the severity of the pinched nerve. Always communicate with the therapist on the discomfort you feel throughout the treatment.

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