Pinched Nerve Specialist

Unbroken Body Chiropractic

Advanced Chiropractic & Certified Massage Therapist located in Pleasant Hill, CA

Millions of Americans experience the pain, tingling, and numbness caused by a pinched nerve. Jonathan Adams, DC, at Unbroken Body Chiropractic in Pleasant Hill, California, diagnoses nerve compression and offers customized treatments to release the nerve and relieve your symptoms. Call Unbroken Body Chiropractic, or schedule a consultation online today.

Pinched Nerve Q&A

What is a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve, also referred to as a compressed nerve, occurs when the tissue that surrounds the nerve presses on it. Pinched nerves cause several symptoms, including local and radiating:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness

Nerve compression is most common in your spine, from your neck to your low back. Pinched nerves are also prevalent in the elbow and wrist, causing carpal tunnel or golfer’s elbow symptoms. 

Additionally, sciatica occurs with a pinched sciatic nerve. It causes low back pain as well as pain, numbness, tingling sensations, and weakness on one or both sides of your buttocks, hips, and legs. 

Pinched nerves are common issues that affect people of all ages. Your risk of developing nerve compression increases with age as you’re more likely to have arthritis and degeneration in your spine and other parts of your body. 

How did I get a pinched nerve?

Several factors cause nerve compression. For example, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis cause inflammation in your spine and other joints that often put pressure on your nerves. 

Degenerative conditions and the aging process can also make your spinal discs dry, inflexible, and flat. These issues increase your risk of disc herniation, bone spurs, and inflammation in your spine and pinched nerves. 

Injuries from repetitive motion or trauma from a sports-related or automobile accident can also result in nerve compression. 

Your risk of developing a pinched nerve also increases if you’re overweight, pregnant, or have diabetes. 

How do you diagnose pinched nerves?

At Unbroken Body Chiropractic, Dr. Adams offers thorough exams and consultations to diagnose and locate pinched nerves. After reviewing your symptoms, he provides a systematic physical exam, starting with the superficial and progressively assessing the muscles, connective tissue, and bones deeper in your body.

Dr. Adams’ thorough approach ensures accurate diagnosis as well as an informed, personalized treatment plan. 

How do you treat pinched nerves?

Depending on what he finds during your diagnostic exam, Dr. Adams creates and implements a personalized treatment program, applying carefully selected chiropractic and rehabilitation techniques, including:

Myofascial Release Techniques

Myofascial release is a hands-on technique that uses pressure to release tightness in your fascia. The treatment can relieve tension that contributes to your headaches.

Active Release Techniques® (ART)

ART combines manipulation and movement to release tension, break up scar tissue, and increase circulation to relieve the underlying problem causing your headaches. 

Rapid Release™ Therapy

Rapid Release Therapy uses vibrations to relieve muscle tension, break up scar tissue, and improve circulation. 

Activator Method®

The Activator Method is an instrument-assisted chiropractic technique to adjust your spine and correct alignment issues. Dr. Adams uses an Activator Method device to realign your spine and relieve headaches. 

Lifestyle Adjustments

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to wellness. In addition to manual treatments like adjustments, Dr. Adams might recommend dietary changes or exercises and stretches to practice at home. His goal is to help you maintain your health on your own. 


Thumper is a device that applies percussion massage therapy to release muscle tension. This treatment can be used to complement other massage or chiropractic techniques.

Drop Table Technique

The drop table technique utilizes a specific chiropractic table with segments that can lift and drop down. The dropping mechanism allows the force of gravity to deliver gentle and low-velocity chiropractic adjustments.

Dr. Adams aims to treat pinched nerves in three to six appointments, although some patients might need more or fewer treatments for optimal relief. 

In addition to providing personalized adjustments and manual treatments, Dr. Adams teaches you exercises and stretches to practice at home. You learn self-care to maintain your pain-free life. 

If you have pain, numbness, or other uncomfortable symptoms in your back, neck, or elsewhere in your body, call Unbroken Body Chiropractic or make an appointment online today for expert treatment.