Suffering From a Pinched Nerve? Here’s What You Need to Know

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 11.20.13 AMA nerve may become pinched as a result of a vertebral subluxation complex, which is nerd talk for a misaligned spinal bone. When spinal bones misalign, they also cause surrounding tissues that are attached to spinal bones to be stressed (tendons, ligaments, intervertebral disc). Any one of these tissues, or even the edema (fluid) produced to stabilize the misaligned bones, may place pressure on the spinal nerve root. This is what is commonly known as a “pinched nerve”.

The human body has several miles of nerve fiber, but only 18% of those nerves feel pain! Can a nerve be pinched and not be painful or cause noticeable symptoms? YES.

“The nervous system coordinates and controls every function of the human body”- Gray’s Anatomy (the book)

A pinched nerve MAY produce uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Muscle weakness/muscle pain
  • Sharp, burning, or aching pain
  • Numbness
  • “Pins and needles” or the “fallen asleep” sensations in arm, hands, legs , or feet
  • Sciatic type pain

However, a pinched nerve may cause no noticeable symptoms and can still lead to dysfunction of the body. This can lead down the path of taking unnecessary medications or having unnecessary surgeries.

Make an appointment for you and your family today at Bright Life Family Chiropractic in Grand Rapids, MI. We utilize state-of-the-art technology to assess the function of your nervous system. A properly functioning nervous system is pivotal to optimal health.

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The Scary Truth About Pain Killers & An Effective Alternative

Pain medications have too many negative side effects.

All too often we hear stories about celebrities and young people who overdose on pain medications and other addictive drugs, or people who lose their friends and loved ones – in mind, spirit and body – to pain-pill addiction.

Painkillers have so many negative side effects—addiction and death being the worst. Yet, addiction is just one end of the spectrum. As many of you can attest to, drugs don’t always mean addiction and death – but that doesn’t mean prescription drugs aren’t bad for you.

Below are just some of the common, negative side effects of pain medications:

·      Inducement of lengthy sleep

·      Dizziness

·      Headaches

·      Burning sensations in your eyes

·      Disorientation

·      Addiction

·      Sleepiness/Fatigue

·      Indigestions

·      Vulnerability to infection

·      Ulcers

·      Kidney problems

·      Wild mood swings

·      Changes in appetite

However, despite all those proven side effects—despite the fact that millions do die each year of painkiller overdose—and despite numerous studies that prove pain medications have no real benefits—doctors continue to prescribe them and, unfortunately, patients continue to rely on them.

But they shouldn’t! There IS an alternative.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective alternative to pain medications—an alternative that heals without putting you in danger. Chiropractic has been known to reduce, eliminate and even prevent pain. But, even though it’s been proven effective time and time again, so many people distrust chiropractic as a proper form of treatment, and they choose to put themselves at the mercy of pain medications rather than test the proven benefits of chiropractic care.

If you’re someone who is skeptical as to the effectiveness of chiropractic – but if you’re also someone who is wising up to the very real dangers of prescription drugs – visit to learn everything you need to know to make the best decisions for you and your loved ones.

Article Source: ADIO Chiropractic