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Discussion on Nerve Impingement

Pinched nerve is the common term used for nerve impingement.  It is when something is pressing on a nerve, usually a peripheral nerve.  The different types of nerves are shown below.  Central nervous system impingements are usually beyond the scope of manipulation with the exception of posterior disc herniation impinging on the cord or entrapments of certain cranial nerves.   The peripheral nerves can be impinged or entrapped at numerous locations starting from the spine and as far out as the fingers and toes.  The peripheral nerves can be impinged by bone or soft tissue.  If entrapped by bone it is quite often from a subluxation or misalignment of the bones of the spine or the rest of the skeleton.  Many reasons exist why the muscles or fascia can impinge these nerves.

central nervous system

What are the symptoms of entrapment?

Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, atrophy, swelling, and burning are common symptoms of a nerve entrapment,

Common nerve entrapments.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Meralgia Parasthetica, Pronator Teres Syndrome, and many obscure conditions because they named for structures or the area of impingement.

How to Treat Nerve Entrapments or Impingements.

Chiropractic techniques such as Applied Kinesiology and Active Release Technique as well as extremity manipulation is the best approach at fixing these problems.  A structural problem needs a structural approach.  No drugs or surgery can fix the problem.