Chiropractic Care for Arm & Leg Pain

Arm or Leg Pain

Arm or leg pain is a radiating pain that is a result of nerve irritation or nerve compression of one or more nerve roots of the cervical spine. Because the cervical (neck) nerves travel to the shoulders, arms and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas.

Cervical radiculopathy may result from a variety of problems with the nerves, bones and tissues of cervical spinal area. Nerve root injury in the cervical spine most commonly involves the three lowest levels of cervical vertebrae, which are called C5, C6, and C7.

Radiating arm or leg pain often responds very well to instrument-based Chiropractic, as well as Atlas Orthogonal. In advanced cases, Spinal disc decompression is the recommended course of care.

Arm Pain

Arm Pain Chiropractic CareArm pain is a very general term, but underlying many upper extremity conditions is irritated or pinched nerve root in the neck.

In its acute phase, this is probably one of the most disabling conditions faced in a chiropractic clinic. The deep, penetrating ache is relentless and it is difficult to find a position that lessens the numbness and tingling. It is often especially bad at night.

Chronic arm pain or discomfort could be related to an injury or neck misalignment. Examples include tennis elbow, trauma to the arm, arthritis, bruises, pulled muscles, or other conditions. A traumatic injury can create nerve root pressure, resulting in pain.

There are thirty bones, over forty muscles, and fourteen major nerves giving you the ability to use your arm in any way you wish. Arm pain is a warning sign and should not be ignored. An injury often causes arm pain to the area of pain, but it can also indicate a more serious underlying problem.

Chiropractic treatment and therapy can be viable options for arm pain. A chiropractor can investigate and locate any potential interference in your spinal vertebrae that may be causing compression of the nerves.

An examination along with diagnostic testing will be used to determine exactly what is causing your arm pain. Because the causes and seriousness of different conditions vary, it is important to pinpoint the cause and begin the most appropriate treatment.

Leg Pain

Leg pain affects many people daily. Depending upon the cause and each individual’s situation, symptoms of leg pain may present in many different ways. For some, the pain begins in the lower back and travels down one or both legs. Some experience pain down the back of the legs (sciatica), some the front of the thighs, and others down the side of the legs. Others experience pain only below the knee or solely in the feet or toes.

The location of the pain varies depending on the anatomical or neurological structures involved. The pain may be described in a variety of ways, including sharp, dull, heavy, aching, burning, numbness, and/or tingling.

Leg pain has many causes. Muscle cramps, shin splints, inflamed tendons or muscles, varicose veins, peripheral arterial disease, sciatica, and neuropathy are some of the most common conditions.

Since many disorders can cause leg pain, the chiropractor’s first step is to determine what is causing the patient’s leg pain. Forming a diagnosis involves a thoughtful review of the patient’s medical history and a physical and neurological examination. Diagnostic testing, including x-rays, may also be used.

The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help the body’s potential to heal itself. It is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function and performance. Chiropractic care is non-invasive (non-surgical) and drug-free.

The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient’s leg pain. A treatment plan may include several treatments such as ice/cold therapies, TENS, and spinal adjustments (sometimes called spinal manipulation).

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Dr. David Nygaard, MS, MBA
Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist
Atlas Brain and Body
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If you’ve ever noticed a strange tingling or burning sensation in your hands or feet, suffer from chronic or intermittent pain, or often experience a feeling of numbness in your extremities, you may be dealing with neuropathy pain.

Nerve pain results from numerous medical conditions, most commonly diabetes, other metabolic issues, traumatic injury, toxin exposure, and even unexplained infections. The uncomfortable and often relentless symptoms affect every aspect of your body, from regulating the temperature of your hands and feet to healing from minor wounds. Here are four symptoms of neuropathy that you should know if you’ve ever suspected nerve pain to be the cause of your chronic discomfort:


This may seem obvious, but many people don’t realize the root cause of just not feeling yourself. Whether you’re in constant pain or it comes and goes, many people try to lay the blame for their pain on tiredness, lack of exercise, or bad habits. While it could very well involve these factors, too, over 10{115649cd14c12cd94f0d147e1e5923e5cfd090a3a81f6b6da2d6b334a1994be8} of the population suffers from neuropathy.


When the nerve endings of the body give you that tingly feeling, that can indicate that they are performing abnormally or losing sensitivity. When the signals that travel from the body to the central nervous system located in the brain and spine are interrupted, this can cause a sensation of ‘tingly’ hands and feet. This is often one of the very first symptoms that people with neuropathy notice.


Similar to tingling, a sense of burning in the extremities can indicate an onset of neuropathy. The peripheral neuropathy that a large number of diabetics suffer from is often described as a hot, burning feeling in the legs and arms. A whopping seven million Americans suffer from burning in their feet due to neuropathy. This discomfort generally leads to overall frustration as well as loss of sleep and quality of life. But the majority of burning neuropathy cases can be treated by restoring balance and communication to the nerve endings, as Dr. Nygaard’s chiropractic care does.


Loss of feeling completely in hands and feet is not an uncommon symptom of neuropathy. In fact, many diabetics and other nerve pain victims have to take extra precautions against numb body parts, as they may have so little feeling that they don’t notice normal pain sensations such as a cut, burn, sore, or wound in their hands and feet. Numbness generally accompanies weakness, as the blood’s circulation is stagnant and unhealthy in the unfeeling body parts. Restoring oxygen, nutrition, and feeling to these numb extremities is essential, and possible while working with a chiropractor like Dr. Nygaard.

Now that you are aware of these major symptoms of neuropathy, it may be easier for you to frame your pain in terms of your nervous system. Luckily, chiropractic care specializes in dealing with the nervous system, tweaking it to get its channels of communication flowing once again

Dr. Nygaard has been serving the Asheville community for 18 years and wants to help you in your journey to wellbeing.

Looking for a Foot DoctorOf all the body parts that gain wear and tear with everyday usage, our feet are perhaps the worst victims of our lifestyles. Whether we’re totally sedentary, working at a desk job for 10 hours a day, or just the opposite, putting constant stress on our feet with extreme exercise and sports, our feet suffer. The 52 bones that the feet contain make up a full one-quarter of all the bones in the body, meaning that regular care for our feet is just as important as caring for the rest of your musculoskeletal system. About 20% Americans suffer from regular foot problems each year. If you’re searching a foot doctor in Charlotte NC, look no further. Dr. Nygaard, located in Asheville, NC is one of the most esteemed chiropractors in the state, and specializes in resolving painful foot issues.

Common Foot Problems That We See

Here are some of the most common areas of the feet where people experience pain

Heel Pain

Pain on the bottom of the foot can range from painful conditions like plantar fascitis (‘heel pain syndrome’), heel spur syndrome, and metatarsalgia. Heel pain syndrome occurs in 2 million people each year and can come on suddenly or gradually develop over time. It can be caused by obesity, which causes significant stress to fall on the heel. Chiropractic treatment is very useful in helping to manipulate the bones of the feet so that the stress is evenly distributed across the foot, relieving pain.

Pain at the Ball of the Foot

Beneath the area at the top of the foot where the toes join the rest of the foot is the ball. This area is particularly susceptible to conditions like metatarsal bone misalignment, also called metatarsalgia. Other foot problems in this area can result from fractures, breaks, or other injuries, or even from wearing the wrong shoe.

Pain on the Top of the Foot

Although less common that either of the two previous types of pain, top of the foot pain can be excruciating. Whether you’ve worn tight-fitting heels your whole life or your feet have slightly high or very low arches, you may experience pain in the bones and joints that inflames the surface of the foot. No matter how the top of the foot pain has gotten to where it is today, chiropractic care can aid in correcting it by delicately setting the bones of the feet back into place, eliminating discomfort.

Here at Atlas Brain and Body, we also see patients with foot problems on the side of the foot or heel problems, such as Achilles tendonitis. No matter what the source of your foot pain, we will work with you to ease you into a pain-free life, without expensive surgeries or dangerous medications. The health of your feet is in your hands; making an investment in their well-being now will provide you with years of pain-free walking and motion.

Dr. Nygaard has been serving the Asheville community for 18 years and wants to help you in your journey to wellbeing. Specializing in upper cervical and Atlas Orthogonal treatment, neuropathy, disc compression, migraines, auto accident recovery.

Dr. Nygaard is the only doctor in the Western North Carolina area with this area of expertise and care. He is happy to customize a safe and effective treatment plan for you, so your free initial pre-consultation today.

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