SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE WAYS TO MANAGE PINCH NERVE IN THE NECK
Domlur, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Is the frequent, recurrent sensation of numbness, or pins and needles with radiating pain in the neck making it difficult to carry out daily activities? If so, you might have a pinched nerve in the neck. A pinched nerve is common in the neck and back region but not limited to it. The injury is the result of the compression or stretching of the peripheral nerve due to which the nerve experiences irritation and is unable to conduct sensory impulses to the brain. A normal person can experience pinched nerve due to poor posture such as habitual crossing of legs, leaning on elbows and so forth. Other instances include disc herniation or bulging discs, weight gain, pregnancy and repetitive activity.
Symptoms include a tingling sensation accompanied by a numbness experienced randomly. If left unchecked a sharp pain accompanies the tingling sensation and some people may also experience a burning sensation. As it progresses, the muscle that is controlled by the pinched nerve experiences weakness as the nerve does not function properly. In due course of time a slight muscular atrophy with loss of reflex and dexterity may develop. This is because the affected nerve might not receive sufficient nutrients, losing the ability to transmit impulses effectively and eventually die.
There are many simple and effective home remedies to combat a pinched nerve.
1. Rest your neck– The best remedy is to rest your neck, ample rest relieves the stress accumulated and release the pressure on the nerve. Although it is easier said than done, our necks are exposed to constant and prolong usage involuntarily. One of the best ways to keep the neck movement in check is by wearing a soft collar.
2. Sit Straight– Sitting up straight helps bring the spine to a neutral position and the redistribution of the weight of the head throughout the spine. It is said that ten pounds of pressure is added to the neck with every inch leaned forward, which accounts for increased pain and slow rate of healing.
3. Extra sleep– Extra sleep always helps as the body’s repair mechanism is in top gear while a person is asleep. A few extra hours in bed could do wonders and accelerate the recovery process. Also, there is the fact that while sleeping, our neck movements are restricted thereby reducing stress. To double check the restricted movements, try using a neck brace and opt for sleeping on the back. With all this at play, it can alleviate the pain in no time.
4. Regular exercise– Exercise helps in toned muscles and good circulation, which indeed helps to heal your pinched nerve. Start with low impact exercises that help loosen muscles and joints. Include swimming and walking into your daily routine to move your muscles naturally.
5. Apply ice– Apply ice to reduce the swelling that helps the irritated nerves relax. Reduced swelling can also help improve the neck’s range of motion. Applying ice few times a day can keep the swelling in check whilst helping the neck to recover.
6. Add nutrition– Apart from these tips a good nutrition also helps the recovery process, incorporating calcium and potassium-rich foods into the regular diet has its benefits.
9. Quit smoking– Avoid smoking, it breaks down proteins in the intervertebral discs leading to faster degeneration. Tobacco consumption can also increase the intensity of pain and worsen the condition.
Apart from following these home remedies, consult with your doctor or a local chiropractor on a regular basis. Visit your doctor immediately if your skin feels cold or appears blue, if neck pain symptoms are severe, or if you feel constant numbness or neck pain.
Pain is just a warning sign that may get worse and sometimes, despite your best efforts, the pain just won’t go away and may affect your quality of life. In such cases, your doctor might refer you to a physiotherapist. He may recommend you some stretches such as neck rolls or head turns to reduce neck pain, inflammation, and stiffness.