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Nerve Compression

When a nerve becomes compressed, pain may radiate along the path of the nerve or be felt at the site where the nerve senses its signals.  There may often be no pain at the site of the compression itself.  Mild compression leads to an ache that worsens with compression until the nerve becomes non functional causing tingling, numbness, or loss of strength.    

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The most common form of nerve entrapment is Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.   Spine and pelvic muscles are the most common culprits in terms of nerve entrapment associated with posture. Exaggerated spinal curves may cause disc herniation, causing the nerve exiting the spine to be trapped between the spinal processes.  

Sciatica pain can be caused by the Sciatic nerve being trapped where it exits the spine (as described above) or it can be trapped between or within the deep postural muscles.  Sciatica is frequently caused by nerve entrapment in the Piriformis muscle.  Loss of sensation to the sole of the foot (plantar neuropathy) is frequently caused by nerve compression below the Medial Malleolus (the bump on the inside ankle).  When the foot hyperpronates the pressure on the nerve increases.  The vessel (Planter artery) that feeds blood to the sole of the foot is located next to this nerve.  People with diabetes frequently experience serious side effects aggravated by hyperpronation. 

How to eliminate the pain

The best way to avoid nerve compression is to maintain optimal back health and proper spinal curves (Lordosis and Kyfosis).  Optimal spinal curves depend on a level pelvis and a proper pelvic anterior/posterior rotation.  The pelvic angles are strongly influenced by the foot foundation.  Hyperpronation causes one leg to become functionally short which un-levels the pelvis, and internal rotation of the legs causes the pelvis to rotate forward.  Both of these actions distort the spine.  Consequently, controlling hyperpronation has a significant impact on nerve compression in the spine as well as the deep muscles of the pelvis.  Because hyperpronation causes direct pressure on the nerve and blood vessels on the inside of your feet, reducing hyperpronation is helpful for controlling diabetic plantar neuropathy and improving blood flow to the soles of your feet.