Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC
Pinched nerve, or radiculopathy is a serious health condition that can be helped by acupuncture. Pinched nerves occur when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues resulting in pain. Symptoms vary in intensity and location depending on which nerve(s) are injured. The pain signal is an indicator that a problem exists somewhere along the nerve pathway that requires attention. Acupuncture therapy is an ages old treatment that can help get to the root cause of the problem to reduce pain naturally without side effects, gently and effectively.
A pinched nerve occurs when too much compression is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. In some cases, such as a herniated disc, this pressure can come from bone or cartilage. Injured or irritated muscles or tendons that are inflamed can also cause pinching of nerves such as in carpal tunnel syndrome. Whatever the cause, proper treatment is essential to keep the body and nervous system functioning at its full capacity.
Pinched Nerve Diagnosis
Diagnosis of a pinched nerve can be done by history and physical examination including palpation and orthopedic studies. Additional tests may include nerve conduction velocity studies which measures electrical nerve impulses through electrodes placed on the skin. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center and Acupuncture at Eastowne LLC, in Chapel Hill, NC, Dr. Oskardmay will work with you and other health professionals to help you understand the root cause of your pinched nerve.
Repercussions of untreated pinched nerves can be very serious because nerves carry messages to and from the central nervous system and brain to control overall body functioning. Permanent numbness, muscle, even organ malfunction and other impairment can occur if compressed nerves are left untreated for too long. Medications and drugs that reduce pain might help you to feel better temporarily; but sometimes these mask symptoms that require treatment.
Medical treatment for radiculopathy can include analgesics for pain, anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling, muscle relaxers and possibly even surgery. Alternative treatments can include chiropractic adjustments and massage to mobilize bony tissue impediments and physical modalities such as hot and cold application to soothe irritated tissues. Physical therapy exercises to strengthen weak muscles may be useful once tissue healing has progressed.
Chinese medicine therapies including acupuncture, gua sha and herbs can be especially useful to get back to the root source of the irritation as well as reduce pain, swelling and inflammation locally. Acupuncture meridian therapy for pinched nerves will start with an understanding of the medical diagnosis, followed by additional exam measures to determine which meridians channel pathways are blocked or congested and how. Small acu-needles are used to stimulate specific channel points to mobilize channels related to the nerve impingement. Additionally, massage techniques coupled with herbal application can gently and effectively relax and soothe surrounding tissues. This ancient treatment helps because it works to stimulate the body’s whole resources to heal itself from the inside out.
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