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Nerves are tissues which extend from the spinal cord out the limbs, which provide sensation in the body.
When these nerves become compressed or irritated, they can cause pain and symptoms such as numbness, pins and needles and weakness.
Even though these symptoms may sound and feel alarming, trapped nerve pain is often rectifiable and easily treated once the location of the pain is identified.
WHAT CAUSES TRAPPED NERVE PAIN?
The discs of the spine sit very close to the nerves that exit the spinal cord. When there is damage to the discs, they can change shape pressing on the nerves that exit the spine.
In many places in the body, nerves run under muscles. When these muscles contract and increase in tone, they can put pressure on these nerves. The most common example of this is at the buttock, where the sciatic nerve runs underneath the piriformis muscle.
During pregnancy, there is increased water retention which can make women prone to nerve irritation. In particular, Carpal tunnel syndrome is extremely common in the latter stages of pregnancy.
OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS
In cases where there is increased water retention, such as thyroid issues and weight gain. Nerves can be easily irritated by this pressure.
WHAT CAN OSTEOPATHS DO TO HELP?
Trapped nerves are a common issue seen by Osteopaths. The most important part of treatment is diagnosing where the nerve is being trapped and why. Once the location of the nerve irritation is diagnosed, your Osteopath will use massage, stretching and mobilisation technique to release the structure compressing the nerve.
We then create a personalised exercise plan to support your recovery. The treatment plan includes a plan of stretching, strengthening and regaining full mobility. Your Osteopath will also help you make long term changes to help stop the nerve irritation happening again.