The wrenching pain and the sting of every neck turn can be ruthless. Sometimes these cervical radiculopathies occur when you wake up in the morning, or after a workout,or it could occur when you pick that feather off the counter top.
The most common mechanism of this type of injury is called a Subluxation. When you get a joint locked out it’s normal range of motion and it puts undue pressure on the nerve, paralyzing your every move. This is where it gets interesting … when we look closer at the nerves coming from the neck they all connect back to the top two neck bones into the brain stem. So, sure you could rub, use needles, heat, freeze, or even pinch the muscles to feel better, but, you would still have the same problem…. a pinched nerve. Left unattended the same if not similar issues would arise; more often and in many cases with greater intensity.
Upper Cervical, otherwise known as upper neck, Chiropractic works with the natural curves in your joints and spine to elegantly remove unwanted pressures in the neck. These special chiropractors have spent extra time learning how to create a tailored correction to the neck to remove such issues without huge forces being applied to the neck. In most cases, the actual adjustment is rarely felt by the client / patient during the correction.
This way the healing effects of this gentle correction can occur. You not only feel better, but by restoring the health of the nerve you now have the added bonus of healing one step closer to the way creation intended you to.
The reality is that most of the time pain in the neck caused by a “pinched nerve” is actually not cause by a “pinched” nerve. Usually, this type of injury is caused by a small rip or tear in the tissue connected to a nerve, like a muscle or a tendon. The injured tissue then sends a signal to the brain through its attached nerve from which the brain interprets the signal as pain. The brain then relays signals back through the system to immobilize and restrict motion to the area to prevent further injury.
Many times, the tissue is just fine and there is no need for all the alarms. BUT THE SIGNAL is being interpreted incorrectly either by the brain or the tissue. How? Well, your nervous system is being blocked by that something we call a SUBLUXATION.
Subluxation redirects, decreases, and even manipulates signals to and from the brain along the nerves. Chances are you have had a subluxation this whole time, but now that the injury has occurred the signals to and from the injured tissue does not heal or respond like it would if proper nerve function was not being blocked.
The pain of a “pinched nerve” can last around ten days. But, the actual healing of the tissues involved usually takes longer; anywhere from four weeks, up to eight months depending on the type of tissue.
The solution is still the same, a tailored, elegant corrective adjustment by a Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractor. The chiropractor can deliver this restorative correction to not only aid in the proper signaling of the nerves between brain and tissue, but also in the proper healing of the tissues connected to those nerves. Further maintenance is recommended to continue to keep proper joint function continuous and reduce future insidious subluxations.