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Physio Explains: Can A Physio Treat A Trapped Nerve?

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Trapped nerves are a common issue for many people, and they can be difficult to live with as the pain can be constant and can make sleeping very difficult. Luckily there is treatment available from physiotherapists that will help relieve trapped nerves.

In this blog post, I am going to answer some common questions about trapped nerves, as well as give you an idea of what physio treatment may look like for someone suffering from trapped nerve pain.

Can A Physio Treat A Trapped Nerve?

A physio can treat a trapped nerve. Nerves most often get trapped or pinched at the level of the neck or at the level of the low back. Trapped nerves are most often caused by discs herniations, but trapped nerves can also be caused by other issues such as spinal stenosis.

Physiotherapy treatment for trapped nerves can be very effective and may include a combination of manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilization/manipulation, soft tissue massage, and laser therapy. In addition to this, we may also use specific nerve gliding exercises or other stretches that will help relieve the pressure from trapped nerves in order to help reduce pain and increase function.

woman with carpal tunnel syndrome

Is Physio Good For Nerve Pain?

Yes, physio is a good option if you are experiencing nerve pain. There are many benefits to undergoing physiotherapy treatment for trapped nerves. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

– Pain relief

– Increased flexibility and mobility

– improved muscle strength/endurance around the affected area(s)

These all lead to an improvement in function which can greatly improve your quality of life!

woman getting physio for nerve pain

Can A Physio Treat Sciatica?

A physio can help treat sciatica by working on the trapped nerve that is causing pain in your low back and leg. Sciatica causes a lot of pain down one of your legs, which makes it difficult to sit or stand for long periods. It also often results in what is known as “foot drop”, where you are unable to lift the arch of your foot.

If trapped nerves in the low back and leg cause sciatica, physio treatment can be very effective at helping with pain relief and allowing you to return to normal function. The first step is always an assessment by one of our physiotherapists who can then determine the best course of treatment for you.

Can A Physio Treat Back Pain That’s Caused By Trapped Nerves?

Yes! It is very common that back or neck pain can be caused by trapped nerves, but the good news is that this type of treatment will not only help to relieve trapped nerve symptoms, but it may also help with pain coming from your back or neck.

Trapped nerves can cause significant pain and even numbness down the leg, so it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you are experiencing this type of symptom.

man with sciatica

What Can I Do To Prevent Trapped Nerves?

There are a few simple things you can do to prevent trapped nerves, including maintaining a healthy posture by keeping your head up and not slouching. It is also important that if you work at a desk job, try to take regular breaks throughout the day in order to stretch or walk around.

In addition to this, it is important that you keep your core strong and stable in order to maintain good posture and decrease the risk of trapped nerves caused by disc herniations – so regular exercise such as pilates or yoga may help! I hope this blog post answered some common questions about trapped nerve symptoms and treatment options for physio. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out!

What Do To At Home To Relieve Nerve Pain?

Physio treatment is often very effective for trapped nerves, but in addition to this, there are many different things you can do at home that will help relieve nerve pain. Some of these include:

  • Stretches/exercises – try doing exercises such as calf stretches or hamstring stretches regularly throughout the day to reduce pressure on your trapped nerve.
  • Reduce high-intensity activities – it is important to give yourself time off from activities that can cause trapped nerves, such as work or sport. This will help your body to rest and recover from any damage it may have caused in the affected area(s).
  • Do low-intensity activities – for example taking a walk can help relieve leg pain associated with sciatica.
  • Heat – this is another great option for reducing trapped nerve pain as it helps to relax contracted muscles which may be causing pressure on your trapped nerve

man walking with kids

Exercise For A Trapped Nerve?

One of the best things you can do to relieve trapped nerve pain is low-intensity exercise. This may be slightly more difficult for those with trapped nerves in their low back or leg, however, it will definitely help as it stimulates the healing process.

Is Bad Posture The Cause A Trapped Nerve?

This is a question I get asked all the time in practice, and it is a very good question. The is “yes…but posture is only one factor that could be contributing to your trapped nerve”. Other factors include:

  • Complications for surgery.
  • Stress.
  • Poor lifting biomechanics.
  • Tight muscles.

woman with bad posture

Do I Need Surgery For A Trapped Nerve?

Surgery is often only recommended for trapped nerves if all other forms of treatment have failed to help with pain relief or return to normal function. It is rarely needed and is the very last option.


Thank you for reading this blog, I hope you found it helpful and feel more informed in relation to trapped nerves and nerve pain. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to reach out!


[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26447008/

[2] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27842937/

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    My goal is to help people get out and stay out of pain. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of living pain free for a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.
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