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Chiropractic Helps Relieve Pinched Nerves in Winnipeg

A pinched nerve happens when a spinal nerve becomes compressed. This is generally the result of a herniated disc, osteoarthritis or long term poor alignment of the spine. It results in local or radiating pain and, worse, in numbness and weakness. In the lower back it can cause a condition called sciatica, which can be disabling.

The problem may be caused, in some cases, by tense muscles – something which can be fixed by exercise or massage. However, the first resort, even according to many doctors, is a chiropractor. Chiropractic care is conservative and drug-free and can fix poor alignment and slow the progress of degenerative disc disorder, causing herniated discs.

Proper chiropractic manipulation will correct poor alignment of the spine and move everything away from the compressed nerve. They can also prescribe exercises to help relieve the pain and restore function. Techniques such as Pettibon corrective are designed to return the spine and thus the entire body to balance.

A good chiropractor will not just relieve pain from a pinched nerve but actually relieve the compression itself, helping to prevent a return of symptoms. This means that you can take fewer medications (which have side effects and can be addictive) and can remove or delay the need for invasive surgery. (Surgery may still be necessary if you have bone spurs from osteoarthritis – a doctor or chiropractor should take X-rays to eliminate this).

On the whole, though, the first port of call for radiating, sharp pain in the lower back, especially if accompanied by tingling, weakness or numbness, is a good Winnipeg chiropractor. They will do their best to relieve your pain, restore motion and return you to a quality, pain-free life. If you have any of these symptoms, you should consider making an appointment for a consultation as soon as possible.

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