If you’ve been suffering from a pinching or burning sensation, muscle weakness, or a “pins and needles” sensation in a specific area, these symptoms might indicate the presence of a pinched nerve. However, inversion therapy can treat these symptoms and relieve the pain commonly associated with pinched nerves.
A pinched nerve can occur when the tissues surrounding a nerve put too much pressure on it, which disrupts the nerve’s function and can cause much pain and discomfort. This pinching can occur due to injury, arthritis of the wrist or rheumatoid arthritis, stress caused by repetitive movements such as work, sports or other activities, or obesity.
There are several risk factors when looking at the occurrence of pinched nerves. Having bone spurs or osteoarthritis can increase your risk of developing pinched nerves. Bone spurs especially can stiffen and thicken the spine, narrowing the spaces where the nerves can travel, which can cause pinching of the nerves.
If you think you might have a pinched nerve, it is essential to seek out chiropractic care. A chiropractor can help you determine how severe your nerve damage is and can offer several solutions to relieve your pain. One of these solutions, inversion therapy, can be used to reduce short term pain, especially in the back.
What is inversion therapy?
Inversion therapy involves being suspended upside down, usually on a specialized inversion table. The purpose of inversion therapy is to reverse the effects of gravity on the spine to decompress its vertebrae.
The nature of gravity can cause your back muscles, bones, and joints to compress, which can result in chronic back pain and sciatica (where an injury or other circumstances can put pressure on the large sciatic nerve in the lower back and cause pain and discomfort) in addition to pinched nerves.
Reversing the effects of gravity via suspension on an inversion table can temporarily reduce pressure on the spine, decrease lower back pain, increase circulation, and open up vertebrae in the back.
Treatment and relief
There are multiple ways to lessen pain from a pinched nerve. You can relieve pain through the use of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen. There are also specific exercises and stretches designed to relieve pinched nerve pain and discomfort.
If you are looking for helpful exercises to assist with your recovery, it’s also important to note that a back care specialist, such as a chiropractor, can advise you on which ones will best alleviate your pinched nerve pain.
Pinched nerves and inversion therapy
Another way a chiropractor can be of assistance to you is to help you with completing inversion therapy. The gravity-reversing effects of this process work best with pinched nerves in the spine, especially in the lower back. The compression of two vertebrae often cause these forms of pinched nerves, and the decompressing nature of suspension from an inversion therapy table can help with alleviating the pain caused by the pinching of these vertebrae.
Inversion can also assist with the rehydration of the discs in your spine that may be causing this pinched nerve. Both the decompression and the rehydration should provide relief from the uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating symptoms of this issue.
If a bulging or herniated disc is causing your pinched nerve, inversion might be an especially helpful way to lessen the pain due to its ability to alleviate the effects of gravity on your spine.
A word of caution
It is important to remember that although inversion therapy can relieve back pain and the discomfort of pinched nerves, it is not a suitable treatment for everyone. Patients who have high blood pressure, glaucoma, or heart disease should make sure to consult with a chiropractor before starting inversion therapy.
However, if none of these warnings apply to you, and you are seeking short-term relief from the pain of a pinched nerve, inversion therapy could be your path to that relief.