The nerves that extend from your brain and spinal cord are essential for sending critical messages throughout your entire body. Nerves are microscopic, however they are vital extensions from the brain that reach out to the arms, legs, muscle and skin – sending nutrients and tiny electrical charges that are essential for functionality.
When these nerves are compressed or pressured by the surrounding tissues, the body sends a sharp shooting ‘pinching’ feeling as a warning. This is nothing to ignore! Essentially, this is a warning of a damaged and/or injured nerve. This nerve pressure may come from either the repetition of a certain body motion, or holding the body’s position for a long period of time. Other causes of pinched nerves may be: herniated disks (when a cervical disk slips out of place), degeneration of disk (spine degenerating due to age or other factors), and bony growths (bony growths in your neck due to arthritis or degenerative disk disease).
Other more generic causes for this painful ailment include: poor posture, poor sleeping habits, and lifting heavy objects …amongst others.
Nerves are extensively more vulnerable in ligaments and tendons where they travel through narrow spaces and have little soft tissue protecting them. Nerve compression in one part of the body may also cause symptoms in other areas and eventually lead to conditions such as: Peripheral neuropathy, Carpal tunnel Syndrome and Tennis elbow.