If you have ever had the experience of a pins and needles sensation in your arm or leg, you have experienced the effects of a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve can be very painful, and if left untreated, it can cause long-term damage. What are pinched nerves, how do they happen and what can help? I’ll give you a hint: massage therapy can help pinched nerves.
What is a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve is when the nerve is compressed or irritated. This can happen due to a variety of reasons, such as posture, repetitive movements, muscle tension, or injury. When the nerve is compressed, it becomes inflamed and causes the pain and tingling sensation that we often associate with a pinched nerve.
One of the most common causes of a pinched nerve is repetitive movements. This can happen from activities such as typing on a computer keyboard or playing tennis. The repeated motion puts pressure on the nerve, which over time can lead to inflammation and pain.
What are some causes of a pinched nerve?
In addition to repetitive movements, there are several other things that can cause a pinched nerve. Poor posture, for example, can put undue strain on the nerves in your neck and shoulders. Muscle tension from stress can also lead to a pinched nerve. And finally, an injury such as a car accident or sports injury can damage the nerves and cause inflammation.
What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?
The most common symptom of a pinched nerve is pain. This can range from a mild ache to sharp, shooting pain. You may also experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected area. The symptoms will usually happen on one side of the body and may radiate down to your arm or leg.
How does massage therapy help with a pinched nerve?
Massage therapy (including cupping massage) can be an effective treatment for a pinched nerve. Massage helps to loosen the muscles and relieve the tension that is putting pressure on the nerve. Massage also increases blood flow to the area, which helps to reduce inflammation and speed up healing. If you are experiencing a pinched nerve, massage therapy can provide relief and help you get back to working and living without pain.
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