How can your Plano chiropractor help relieve your radiating pain?
When pain seems to run down your leg to your foot, the medical term for this is actually “radiculitis”. Although not the most common nerve pain, it causes severe pain and discomfort for individuals who experience it.
Radiating pain is actually caused when a nerve or nerve root experiences pressure. This can be a result of spinal subluxation or from inflammation. For example, a herniated disk creates a radiating pain because it has bulged out of its normal place and may be exerting pressure on a nerve root extending from the spinal cord.
Is it really Radiating Pain…
Radicular nerves run the length of the spinal cord from the neck to the tailbone and branch out to the left and right. When these are injured or compressed, they are more likely to radiate pain than the other types of nerves in our body. With a neck injury for example, pain may radiate down the arm to the fingertips. This may result in the feeling of radiating pain, but the pain is more often than not just due to myofascial trigger points that cause a more diffuse pain that seems to radiate out from one area. This is caused by muscles that are too tense and scar tissue that has built up trapping nerves in the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Active Release Technique (ART)
A chiropractic adjustment can address any spinal misalignments that may be impinging on spinal nerves, helping to take the pressure off the nerve and thus reducing pain. In addition, many chiropractors tend to use additional therapies that can help to free trapped nerves, such as the Active Release Technique (ART).
If you are local and suffering from radiating pain, don’t hesitate to visit your Plano chiropractor. He will be able to correct any spinal subluxations that may have appeared and help relieve your radiating pain. This visit combined with regular chiropractic adjustments will help to correct the alignment of your spine and help your body to function at its’ optimum level.