When there is pressure on various parts of the body either from a bone being out of place, or pressure from repetitive actions, etc. a nerve can get compressed. Another term used for a compressed nerve is a pinched nerve.
Compression (or a pinched nerve) can come from herniated discs in the spine, osteoarthritis, bone spurs, severe muscle injuries, and even prolonged use of tight clothing such as shoes or “skinny jeans”. It can even happen when you hold your body in one position for long periods of time, such as sleeping. This is one of the reasons that surgeries can cause compression of a nerve and nerve damage, the body is sometimes held in an unnatural position for long periods of time, even for several hours. Nerve compression injury following surgery is common.
The nerves that are the most vulnerable to this compression are those that travel through narrow spaces that do not have a lot of soft tissue to protect them. These spaces are where the nerves go through ligaments, tendons or bone. The area effected all depends on the nerve that is compressed.
This compression can result in injury to the nerve directly or indirectly by restricting the supply of oxygen to the nerve.
Damage to a nerve results in the inability of that nerve to transmit impulses. As with any nerve damage, the inability of these nerve impulses can result in the symptoms associated with this damage which is called neuropathy.
If a sensory nerve is injured, incorrect messages can be sent to the brain giving the feeling that a body part is hot, cold, or that there is pain when there is no reason for the pain. If a motor nerve is injured, it can result in weakness in a muscle as well as lack of coordination because the orders from brain to the muscle are impeded by the damage.
What do you do about this?
A medical doctor will suggest physical therapy or surgery to remove the compression.
A chiropractor can adjust the body so that the nerve is no longer compressed.
Once the compression is relieved, the symptoms may alleviate. If the symptoms don’t alleviate after a period of time, the nerve is probably damaged.
The body needs specific nutrients to be able to restore health to the nerve. If you aren’t getting enough of these nutrients, the body cannot build healthy nerves.
What are some Treatments for Neuropathy
There are many medications, and other remedies that can bring you relief, you can read about them in this article Neuropathy Treatments
What can you do?
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Lasting Relief: Restoring Health to the Nerves
The Healthier your nerves are, the less the symptoms of nerve damage you will feel.
Nerves need to be healthy to function properly.
None of the various neuropathy treatments will build healthy nerves again. You can cover up the symptoms and you can increase circulation and you can make a person feel less pain, etc., but if you restore health to the nerve, there will not be any symptoms (healthy nerves don’t hurt, tingle, burn, are not numb, etc.) and the relief will be lasting.
Building Healthy Nerves*
Healthy sensory nerves mean that they are not painful. Healthy nerves mean that they communicate and don’t send wrong signals such as burning, hot and cold, tingling when there is no reason for it. Healthy motor nerves mean that they relay messages from the brain to the muscle so that they move correctly. Nerves need to be healthy to function properly.
The body needs specific nutrients (vitamins) to be able to restore nerve health
When you take these nutrients, you may not give immediate relief (although many do feel changes in the first week) as these vitamins are working at a cellular level, but it does address the actual problem, unhealthy nerves and brings lasting relief.
(For temporary relief while building healthy nerves, go to Pain Relief Formula)
What can be done for lasting relief?
Find out how to Restore Health to Your Nerves
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