Chiropratic Methods for Pinched Nerves

Pinched nerves are often caused by vertebral subluxation, a condition in which the spine has become misaligned, causing pain and pressure to the nerves in that area. The degree of pain caused by this condition can range from easily manageable to disabling. Many cases can be treated successfully with several chiropractic methods involving spinal adjustments.


One nonsurgical treatment for pinched nerves in the back, called flexion/distraction, uses a special table in tandem with chiropractic adjustments. The table can assume positions that bend and elongate the patient’s spine, and the chiropractor applies gentle pressure on the spine to separate and decompress vertebral discs. Relieving the pressure on the spinal joints and discs decreases pain and allows for recovery.

McKenzie Method

Many chiropractors have incorporated the McKenzie Method, or McKenzie Protocol, in treatment plans for patients who suffer from pinched nerves. This method, developed by New Zealand physical therapist Robin McKenzie, is a series of specialized exercises that stretch and extend the neck and back, reshaping the vertebral discs. The McKenzie Method is not a quick fix: The first few sessions are conducted at the chiropractor’s office; then the patient is shown how to self-treat at home. This form of treatment does not diminish all pain; it is meant to centralize the pain to one area, making that pain easier to manage.

Interferential Current

Interferential Current Therapy uses electrical impulses to stimulate healing of muscle or nerve injuries. The chiropractor sends low-frequency electrical impulses to the soft tissue in the most painful areas. The impulses work to stimulate the production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. This may be a good alternative for a patient who is wary of needles and has not gotten relief from traditional adjustment therapy.

Pinched nerves are often caused by vertebral subluxation