Pinched nerves are usually caused when nerves are compressed by a bone, muscle, or other connective tissues. This pressure can develop over time by poor posture or repetitive stress injuries from work. It can also occur while playing a sport or being active and moving the wrong way or over lifting. Once the pressure has been relieved the pain will generally go away. Many times, the pinched nerve will relieve itself with rest over time, but in some cases that can take a very long time. When suffering from pain, it can feel like a lifetime. There are some more “conservative” methods of healing that usually speed up the process, other than surgery. Reducing activity until healed is a must. Massage therapy may be a great option in relieving a pinched nerve because sometimes muscles tension may be the cause of the pressure. A light to medium pressure massage such as a Swedish massage is ideal, and will help to loosen up connective tissues. So the next time you’re getting that tingling and pain, try massage therapy. It feels great and may help eliminate your pain.