Nerves Got You in a Pinch? Try Massage Therapy

Nerves of the Nervous SystemSitting, standing, exercising, and even pregnancy can result in pinched nerves. Pinched nerves are not uncommon, in fact, I’m suffering from my own nerve compression issues. So what does a pinched nerve look and feel like?

For me, I had just started working out this week. After the first day at the gym (arm day), I was very sore. Not a big deal, however that evening while getting a shoulder rub, my left hand went numb. Scary right? But the fun didn’t stop there, that night I woke up several times with terrible joint pain in my pinky and ring finger of my left hand. In the morning I became even more concerned when I looked at my hands; swelling had developed in my fingers.

Concerned not only for the pain in my hands but also for the numbness, I contacted a massage therapist. Nerve compression is a form of nerve damage. Nerve damage is inevitable as people age, however, it can be helped along. Repetitive motion injuries usually involve pinched nerves, bad posture, weight gain, exercise and sports injuries and even pregnancy.

Nerves as some of us know are a network similar to tree roots that exist all throughout the body. From the spine, nerves spread out through our arms, legs, and every part of our body. So the pain and discomfort I and many others feel in specific areas could be caused by nerve damage further up the line. It is important to understand the symptoms of a pinched nerve or nerve damage before seeking treatment. These symptoms may include numbness throughout specific body parts, tingling sensations, burning or hot/cold sensations, muscular spasms, and overall weakness or loss of sensation.

A pinched nerve can be a temporary condition. However, if the pain and sensation do not stop within a couple days it is cause for concern. The risk of permanent nerve damage is not to be taken lightly. A nerve that is compressed or crushed over a long period of time will become permanently damaged.

Early diagnosis of nerve pain and damage enables you to take action. In the early stages, massage therapy and acupuncture can be used to relieve your pain and discomfort. Unlike acupuncture, deep tissue massage addresses the affected area head-on: Relaxing tight muscles and resolving knots allows for increased blood flow and room in the body. Similar to acupuncture, massage therapy locates and stimulates trigger points inside muscles that cause pain in other regions of the body.

Massage therapy aimed at the source can flush out the cause. Consult your doctor about any pain you experience for more than 2 days. It is important to think about your daily habits, like sitting or repetitive motions. In the early stages of nerve damage, your healthcare practitioner may recommend massage therapy. Or if you already know and cope with nerve damage, it is never a bad idea to seek comfort and release from painful symptoms.

For myself, I have since consulted Yelena at Yeden. Professional Massage therapy supplemented with high CBD infused oil has alleviated my symptoms quicker than I imagined, and nightly at home massage of my affected areas taught to me by a massage therapist has also been beneficial between therapist visits. I can sleep again, wake up without the fear of painful pinched nerve symptoms, and I’m still going strong at the gym! See how beneficial massage therapy can be for the relief for your symptoms today!

-HEIDI LYNNE