“Pinched” Nerves Pt2 – Nerves: Where Do They Go?
There are billions of nerve fibers in your body often in bundles called nerves. Many billions of them travel inside the spinal column as part of the spinal cord and exit through opening between the vertebrae. After leaving the spinal column the nerves separate into smaller and smaller bundles and travel to every nook and cranny in your body.
Life Without Nerves
Without nerves you couldn’t see, hear, touch, taste, smell or feel hot, cold, pain and pleasure. Your body would be the ultimate sensory deprivation tank; you’d be completely cut off from existence. Without nerves you would be completely paralyzed, no muscles could move; your body couldn’t respond to any of your commands- you’d be a prisoner within yourself.
Nerves regulate your breathing, sweating, shivering, internal organ function, heartbeat, digestion, excretion, regulation of blood supply to different organs and control of blood pressure. Without nerves your body would be quite useless.
We Need Healthy Nerves
Without healthy nerves the body is weakened, not able to adapt to environmental stresses and becomes a candidate for physical and mental diseases. The most common form of nerve damage is the so-called “pinched” nerve. It can affect the health of the nerves and the entire body.
How Do Nerves Get Impinged or “Pinched”?
When the nerves come down from the brain they travel through a bony canal formed by vertebrae. If the vertebrae misalign slightly they may cause the nerves to be irritated, compressed or stretched along with blood vessels, discs, ligaments, joints, muscles, fascia, tendons, meninges, lymphatics and fat tissue. Nerves also send more than “electrical” impulses; it is now known that chemical nutrients, necessary for muscle health, travel over the nerves.
What can cause nerve “pinching” or impingement? A fall or an accident, even a very mild one that happened years ago, may be enough to misalign your spine. Some common causes are unnatural sleeping positions, bad posture, fatigue, dental work, a difficult birth, emotional stress, poor nutrition or a combination of stresses (falling or tripping when fatigued, etc).