Nerve Interference: Symptoms and Treatments

Nerve interference is when there is a disruption in the nervous system’s functionality. It could be a pinched nerve, or something more than that.  Nerve interference involves the neuromusculoskeletal system, or the system in our bodies that houses our bones, muscles, and nerves. 

Nerve interference can affect the whole body, often having a huge impact on our overall ability to perform daily tasks and can even affect our general health. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as back or neck pain, stiffness, sharp pains, nausea, GERD, irregular digestion, poor sleep quality, and fatigue, you may be affected by nerve interference.

You can try several at-home remedies that typically help with pinched nerves, but if you see no results, it may be time to seek outside help.

What Is Nerve Interference?

Nerve interference occurs when joints in the spine slip out of position and pinch or irritate the nerves. Since the nerves throughout our bodies are connected through the spinal cord, any part of the body can be affected when the joints in the spine move out of place. 

A simpler way of thinking about nerve interference is to use the term “pinched nerve”. More people can relate to this terminology, but they probably don’t grasp the extent of issues that can be caused by a pinched nerve. 

Even the smallest movement of the spinal joints can have a huge effect on other areas of the body. Misaligned joints in the spine can cause changes to every system in the body, often leading to an overall unhealthy individual who may have no idea what’s actually causing problems.

If untreated, the pain from misaligned joints may grow continuously worse over time. In fact, ignoring signs of nerve interference may eventually result in nerve damage, which includes symptoms such as permanent numbness and tingling sensations. 

What Are Symptoms of Nerve Interference?

For a pinched nerve, the most common symptom is pain that radiates from the origin of the nerve to the affected body part. So, the pain might spread down your arm from your neck or from your lower back down your leg. Other common symptoms of a pinched nerve include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Aching sensation
  • Burning
  • Decreased ability to move the affected area

However, nerve interference comes with a variety of other symptoms that most people are unaware of, including the following:

  • Back pain: Caused by spinal misalignment, irritated nerves often result in numbness, tingling, aching, or throbbing in the back.
  • Discomfort: Normal, everyday activities become uncomfortable or even painful, including sports, exercise, hobbies, and even your career.
  • Dizziness: The brain uses the nervous system to send signals throughout the body. Irritated or damaged nerves can cause an array of issues, such as jumbled thoughts, anxiety, dizziness, brain fog, and other similar symptoms.
  • Upset stomach: Since the nervous system is responsible for the proper functioning of the digestive system, issues with nerves can lead to gastrointestinal problems like reflux, GERD, nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, and constipation.
  • Numbness: If your fingers, toes, hands, and feet become numb often or without proper cause, it might be nerve interference, which decreases the nerve’s sensations in the extremities.
  • Sleep issues: Nerve interference can cause pain throughout the body at nighttime, negatively impacting your ability to fall asleep and resulting in daytime drowsiness and fatigue. Long-term issues can result in memory issues and reduced cognitive performance.
  • Issues with basic functioning: Pain, numbness, and stiffness can be caused by nerve obstruction, which can interfere with your ability to perform basic tasks and may even result in injuries.
  • Slow recovery: If you’ve noticed that previous injuries are healing slowly, it might be because of nerve interference. This is particularly true if there is a spinal misalignment because of the interruption of the flow of nerve activity.
  • Faster aging: Nerve interference can cause a rigid and numb body, making it more difficult to perform day-to-day activities and draining a person’s energy faster.
  • Decreased health: A misaligned joint can put pressure on a nerve, which affects a specific area of the body. However, if the nerve becomes injured or even severed, it may not have the ability to restore itself to its healthy state, resulting in permanent damage to your health.

What At-Home Treatments Work For Pinched Nerves?

If you are feeling the pain and discomfort associated with nerve interference, then you should try some at-home treatments to help ease the pain and other symptoms.

  • Rest: Whenever you are feeling pain, rest is important. In order to heal, you need to give the affected area time so that your body can work to restore it to proper health. Avoid activities that aggravate your symptoms.
  • Apply ice: While resting, apply ice to the sore area. Ice for twenty minutes several times each day. Do not apply ice directly to the affected area, but rather, use a cloth to prevent injury to your skin. Ice will help reduce swelling and inflammation and may numb the area to provide relief from pain.
  • Use heat therapy: Just as ice helps relieve pain, so does heat. Soak in a tub full of warm water with Epsom salts or use a heating pad on the affected area for twenty minutes at a time, several times per day. Heat can increase blood flow to relax the muscles surrounding the pinched nerve.
  • Stretch and exercise: While rest is important, so is movement. Stretches and exercises may improve your range of motion, relieving pressure that’s on the nerve. Be sure to get approval from your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise routine. 

If you do not find relief from these at-home remedies, consider other conservative options, such as visiting your chiropractor, who can help fix the problem at its source. 

How Do Chiropractors Fix Pinched Nerves?

Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to readjust the spinal joints into their proper alignment, restoring the correct position of bones and nerves. The procedure performed by a chiropractor can take pressure off the nerve that is causing you issues, restoring health to your body. 

If you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, numbness, tingling, acid reflux, nausea, or any of the symptoms listed above, you may have nerve interference. If you suspect that you may have nerve interference, such as a pinched nerve, you should visit your chiropractor. Chiropractic treatment can be helpful in relieving symptoms associated with nerve interference by addressing the issue directly. 

Dr. Tim Swift proudly serves San Clemente, San Juan, Dana Point, and the surrounding areas of Orange County, California.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for in-person advice or care from a medical professional.

Dr. Tim Swift

Dr. Tim Swift

Dr. Tim Swift combines his chiropractic expertise with regenerative medicine to bring a passion for restoring health, mobility, and vitality to help his community feel and function better.

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