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Pinched Nerve

Treatment for Pinched Nerves from our San Antonio Chiropractor

A pinched nerve is a term used to describe symptoms caused by excessive pressure being placed on a nerve. This pressure interferes with the function of the nerve, causing symptoms such as pain and numbness. Pinched nerves can happen throughout the body, and treatment from our San Antonio chiropractor here at Optimal Health & Wellness Center is a good way to treat your pinched nerves.


Why Pinched Nerves Occur

There are a number of reasons that pinched nerves may occur:

  • Overuse
  • Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Poor posture
  • Obesity

Carpal tunnel is a type of pinched nerve that occurs in the wrist. It is usually associated with overuse injuries, such as having a job where a lot of typing or other repetitive hand movement is required. Sciatica is a pinched nerve in the lower back, which is more commonly associated with poor posture and obesity.

What are the Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve?

Pinched nerves may cause a variety of symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pins-and-needles/fallen asleep sensation

Usually, the pain associated with pinched nerves is burning and radiates outward. People have variable degrees of the other symptoms, ranging from extreme muscle weakness and complete numbness to minor tingling. Not all pinched nerves are painful.

Chiropractic Treatment for Pinched Nerves

Because pinched nerves are the result of abnormal pressure on a nerve, the only way to truly relieve them is to remove that pressure. In most cases, the pressure on the nerve is caused by some other part of the body not being where it should be, or being inflamed or too tight. If the vertebrae are out of alignment in the lower back, for example, pressure can be placed on that nerve, causing the symptoms of sciatica.

Chiropractic care for pinched nerves includes a variety of options, many of which can be used together:

  • Spinal adjustments
  • Spinal decompression
  • Corrective exercises
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Rest
  • Lifestyle adjustments

The hands-on work such as spinal manipulation is used to help return tissues to their normal position. However, additional therapies will be prescribed by our chiropractor in most cases in order to prevent the problem from recurring. Things like corrective exercises to help strengthen weak muscles and lifestyle adjustment counseling to help you avoid poor ergonomics support the in-office care you will receive. If you are overweight and that may be contributing to the problem, we can help you get started on a successful weight loss plan, as well.

Contact Optimal Health and Wellness Center for Chiropractic Care in San Antonio

Dr. Clay Suggs, DC, provides chiropractic care through Optimal Health and Wellness Center in San Antonio, TX. As a chiropractor, our goal is to help you achieve wellness through non-invasive, drug-free methods. Pinched nerves are a common problem that responds well to this type of care. To make an appointment, call (210) 681-3333 today!


Functional Wellness

Optimizing Health and Wellness with our Chiropractor in San Antonio

The human body is an amazing machine, capable of healing and renewing itself in ways that can at times seem miraculous. Your San Antonio, TX chiropractor at Optimal Health & Wellness is dedicated to supporting you in achieving the highest levels of health and wellness possible.

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Dr. Clay Suggs and the entire staff at Optimal Health & Wellness Center have a mission of facilitating and supporting the highest quality of life possible for each of our clients. Health and wellness are right in our name, and you can count us to be there for you every step of the way on your journey of healing and wellness.

What is Wellness?

Wellness is a state of health and well-being that can be enjoyed and sustained in an ongoing way. It covers the areas of body, mind, and spirit and brings them together in a holistic way.

We see it as a privilege when clients entrust their health and well-being to us, and we won’t let you down. We have a range of services and treatments to assist you in achieving your goals and living the highest quality of life possible.

In support of your optimal health and wellness, we offer the following:

  • Chiropractic adjustment
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Spinal decompression   
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Electromagnetic therapy/electrical muscle stimulation  
  • Vibration Power Plate      
  • Body wraps  
  • Nutritional Support/Nutrition Response Testing/Nutraceuticals
  • Massage therapy
  • Rehab therapy

Optimal Health & Wellness Center offers all of these healing services and more at our San Antonio chiropractic clinic. We are committed to your total health and well-being and can assist you with both acute and chronic conditions.

Your San Antonio Chiropractor Brings Diverse Experience to Wellness Treatments

San Antonio, TX chiropractor, Dr. Suggs, has been assisting patients in healing and achieving wellness for over 30 years. You can count on his experience and intuition in guiding him to make the very best healing decisions on your behalf. However, developing a healing protocol is always a team effort, and your wants, needs, goals and preferences will always be considered. Dr. Suggs has specialties in treating sports injuries and neuromuscular conditions. However, he is also well versed in nutritional balanced care and assistance with stress reduction.

Together with Mary Beth Stolte, Operations Manager, Michele De Leon, Office Manager, Devon Suggs, Fitness Coordinator and Victoria Palacios, Patient Coordinator, Optimal Health & Wellness brings you a winning team committed to your total well-being.

Contact Our San Antonio Chiropractor Today!

If optimal health and wellness are your goals, count on Optimal Health & Wellness to bring harmony and balance to the body, mind, and spirit. We look forward to working with you!


Spinal Decompression

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression by Our Chiropractor in San Antonio, TX

Do you feel as if your whole body is short-circuiting? Those "electric shock" feelings, numb spots, sudden sharp pains, and other bizarre feelings may be the result of spinal nerve tissue compression. Interruption of essential nerve signals not only causes unpleasant symptoms in the extremities; it can also interfere with your overall health and wellness. But you don't need invasive surgery to correct this problem -- not when you can receive non-surgical spinal decompression from Optimal Health & Wellness Center in San Antonio, TX.

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The Compressed Spine: Symptoms and Causes

Your spinal column is more than just a stack of vertebrae -- it also houses and protects the spinal cord. This means that the major nerve roots that branch out from the spinal cord to relay signals throughout the body must thread their way through small spaces around the structures. Unfortunately, it's all too easy for spinal imbalances to put pressure on these important nerve tissues. Compression can stop or alter the flow of nerve signals, creating a variety of problems.

The most obvious symptoms of spinal nerve compression occur in the extremities. Pain, tingling, weakness, or loss of sensation in the arms may be due to compression in the cervical spine; the same symptoms in a leg may be caused by compression of the sciatic nerve tissue (sciatica).

Some cases of spinal compression are the direct result of an acute injury that has forced vertebral discs to move out of position, where they may herniate painfully onto nerve tissue. Bulging discs are another, a more subtle cause of spinal compression. Aging discs may grow flatter over time as they lose internal water content, pushing outward on nerves while also placing the spine's facet joints under stress.

Spinal Decompression from Our Chiropractor

If you have nightmares about doctors surgically removing bits of a disc or vertebral bone to relieve your nerve compression, you'll be delighted to learn that you get most likely get the relief you need through conservative care. Our chiropractor, Dr. Clay Suggs, administers non-surgical spinal decompression with the aid of a special motorized table. The table applies tiny amounts of flexion distraction force to the spine as you lie comfortably on it. This outward-pulling force pulls the vertebrae apart just enough to produce a vacuum in the space between them. Herniated or bulging discs are literally sucked back into space where they normally reside, releasing trapped nerve tissue.

Call Our Chiropractic Clinic in San Antonio

Stop living with impaired nerve function and debilitating discomfort. Call our San Antonio chiropractic clinic at (210) 681-3333 to find out whether spinal decompression might be the non-surgical solution to your painful problems!


Massage Therapy

Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity.

Evidence strongly suggests early mobilization and range of motion exercises greatly improve recovery from nearly any injury or surgery. 

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