How to Take Care of a Pinched Nerve


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When there is excessive pressure on a nerve it can become pinched. When the nerve is under pressure it will begin to send warning signals to the brain.

A pinched nerve is often caused when the nerve is damaged. The symptoms that you may experience are numbness, pain, and weakness in the area.

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The good news is that you can significantly reduce the symptoms of a pinched nerve and even stop one from happening in the future.

Get More Rest

One of the easiest ways to heal a pinched nerve is to actually rest the body. While you are sleeping the body will begin to repair itself and this will help the symptoms to dissipate faster.

In many cases simply resting the affected area by getting some extra rest, will allow the nerve to heal. When trying to heal a pinched nerve it is important that you do not overuse it.  

Avoid any and all movements that will irritate the nerve in some way. Depending on the position of the pinched nerve you may want to sleep in specific positions to help relieve the pressure.

Watch Your Posture

A pinched nerve can be worsened by the way you carry your body. This means that posture is something that you need to pay attention to.

When you sit or stand in a bad position for long periods of time unnecessary stress is placed on your entire body. This will damage your spine and other muscles, the result is that the pinched nerve will worsen.

Physical Therapy

One of the easiest ways to deal with a pinched nerve is through physical therapy. You can get this kind of care through a chiropractor.

A chiropractor with apply gentle pressure around the affected area, this will help to reduce and relieve tension. Full body massages may also be beneficial depending on where the pinched nerve is located.

Ice and Heat

One of the best ways to reduce swelling and inflammation is to apply hot and cold. This combination will increase blood flow to the affected area and this can help to significantly reduce pain.

To use this remedy you can apply an ice pack over the affected area for fifteen minutes at any given time. This can be done up to three times per day to help decrease any inflammation and reduce any pain you are feeling.

If you opt to use heat pads you can use them for a longer time. Heat pads can generally be used for up to eight hours, three times daily.

Get the Right Care

The best way to deal with a pinched nerve is to get the right care and to take some rest. There is a combination of techniques that can be used to deal with a pinched nerve. However, some of them are more effective than others because of where the pinched nerve may be located. 

The good news is that once you get proper treatment de condition can usually be remedied in a short period of time.


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