As one of the most ancient forms of medicine, acupuncture has been known to treat a number of medical conditions. This includes the pain associated with pinched nerves, a common problem that may negatively affect your quality of life. Here’s what you should know about this issue and how acupuncture can make a difference.
What Is a Pinched Nerve?
This problem occurs when tissue, cartilage, or bones squeeze or put pressure on a nerve. It often manifests as a herniated disc in the spine, but a pinched nerve can happen throughout the body.
For example, pinched cervical nerves can develop in the neck and shoulders, and the chest may develop a pinched thoracic nerve. It can even happen to wrists, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.
This condition causes sharp pain, burning, muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations at the site of the injury, which often spreads to nearby body parts. The discomfort may be so severe that you have trouble moving the affected areas or concentrating on your tasks.
It's most likely to develop in women or anyone with rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, bone spurs, diabetes, or weight problems. Overuse and pregnancy also exacerbate the risk.
How Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture focuses on stimulating blood and energy flow in certain parts of the body to alleviate the symptoms of various diseases and medical conditions. As such, it can be used to target the bones and tissues that are placing pressure on your nerves. Specifically, the needles may soothe tense muscles and bones, undoing knots so that they relax and let the nerves go.
When you're ready to try acupuncture for your pinched nerve, go to Marie Gonzales, L.Ac., in Nyack, NY. With over 20 years of experience practicing natural healing, Marie is happy to promote your wellness and improve your quality of life. Every treatment is personalized to your needs and medical history. Call (845) 398-1312 or send a message online to schedule an appointment.