Five pinched nerve treatment alternatives
A spinal pinched nerve can occur when surrounding tissue, such as a bone or spinal disc, comes in contact or irritates a nearby nerve root. This compression can cause inflammation and other symptoms, including pain, numbness, tingling or muscle spasms. While a physician will typically start by recommending conservative pinched nerve treatment options, many individuals also choose to explore alternative therapies to supplement pain medications, physical therapy and other traditional treatments.
Alternative therapies for pinched nerves
Although the medical community has not reached a consensus on the effectiveness of alternative treatment options, many individuals have reported some success using the following pinched nerve treatment options:
- Acupuncture/acupressure. Acupuncture uses needles along pressure points, or meridians, throughout the body to improve blood flow or energy flow. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but applies physical pressure rather than using needles.
- Yoga. Like other low-impact exercises, restorative yoga can help strengthen and stretch the spine, helping with spinal health.
- Chiropractic adjustments. A chiropractor aims to manipulate the spine to correct any vertebrae that are misaligned in order to alleviate compression on a nerve.
- Massage therapy. The pressure applied through a massage can help reduce tension and pain while also promoting overall relaxation.
- Aromatherapy. This approach uses the aroma of essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile, to stimulate feelings of relaxedness and calmness.
Surgical pinched nerve treatment
Conservative treatment options, including alternative therapies, are often sufficient in alleviating the symptoms of a pinched nerve. In cases where they are not, however, surgery may need to be considered as a more effective pinched nerve treatment. At Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons perform minimally invasive spinal surgeries that have already helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their neck and back pain. To learn more about receiving minimally invasive surgery to treat a spinal pinched nerve, contact Laser Spine Institute.