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Hi, my name is Dr. Hans Delfo, doctor of chiropractic in Los Angeles, California. I want to talk a little bit about home remedies for a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve is actually a pressure on a nerve. This cal cause decreased function, pain, swelling and muscle spasm in the area. You want to make sure that you remove the nerve interference as quickly as possible to avoid any degeneration and to decrease that pain and get your life back to normal. It actually only takes about the weight of a dime to decrease nerve function by about 50 percent. There are many things you can do at home to help treat a pinched nerve. Home remedies for a pinched nerve include removing the aggravating activity, stretching, some mild stretching in the area can help alleviate the muscle spasm. Ice is also a good idea. A good rule of thumb for ice is 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. It's also important not to place the ice directly on the skin because it can create some more soft tissue damage. Another important factor in relieving pinched nerves is water. Being hydrated can actually help lubricate the muscles and take the pressure off the nerves themselves. Seeing a chiropractor is a great idea when dealing with a pinched nerve. Chiropractors are specialists in the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and can employ several methods to alleviate that pinched nerve as quickly as possible. Things such as adjustments, showing you how to stretch and strengthen the areas, therapy such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation and ice may help as well. A doctor of chiropractic can help restore the function, decrease your pain and get you back to normal as quickly as possible. So see your doctor of chiropractic for any pains, aches and pinched nerves. My name is Dr. Hans Delfo, and this has been home remedies for treating a pinched nerve.