What is a Pinched Nerve?
Your nerves come from your brain, down through your spine and then branch out from there nerve control 911 out to your organs and muscles. The nerves control and regulate these organs and muscles and ensure that they are functioning properly.
Two of the largest nerves branch out from your pelvis and travel down your legs. These nerves control the entire function of the legs and feet.
Now imagine what happens if your pelvis were to roll just a little. Not only would it make the rest of your spine go on a sort of tilt, but it would also tend to cut off or restrict those nerves travelling down your legs.
Unfortunately, you may not realise that this is happening until it is already well advanced. And by the time you do feel it, it is no longer a simple condition. By this point, you will be starting to get pain down one or both legs, numbness in the legs, loss of muscle control, loss of muscle strength and possibly also loss of control of your lower organs – such as your bowel and bladder. Even having chronic constipation can be a sign that your nerves in that area are out of order, and could be a sign that other problems are there.
The problem is, as we get older we tend to exercise less, and furthermore we tend to use our lower back much less. That means less squatting or crouching, less twisting and bending – and slowly the lower spine grows less and less mobile. What can happen is that the body starts to calcify those lower vertebrae – meaning, it’s starting to “grow” calcium on the spine joints so that they start to join together.
The spine does this to protect you. Because you have injured your back with motion, and because the injury hasn’t been corrected, it decides to stop further motion.
However, this is another way that you can get pinched nerves in your lower back and pelvis!
So What Can Be Done About It?
It is a good thing that pinched nerves can be treated! And in fact, they can often be remedied quickly. However, if the condition is a long-standing one, it may take some time for the area to open up properly and allow the nerve to flow freely again. This is simply because the spine has degenerated around the nerve, and calcium buildups and misalignments of the spinal vertebrae are now restricting the area. It’s no longer a quick fix!
That being said, even these bad degenerative conditions can be handled with chiropractic.
Give it a go yourself. You will be simply amazed at the health benefits for your whole body, and not just the area you were trying to handle.
John Kyneur is a chiropractor in the Inner Western suburb of Five Dock, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He has been practicing for thirty years, and is a specialist in Sacro Occipital Technique and Upper Cervical. His clinic is called Haberfield Chiropractic.