Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefBack pain is an almost ubiquitous condition.  Across the United States, more than 3 million visits per year to the emergency department are because of back pain.  When the pain in your low back begins to radiate through the hip and buttock down the back of the leg to the calf, it is affecting your sciatic nerve.

Your sciatic nerve is the largest in your body.  It starts in the lower back, formed from nerves branching off of the spinal cord, then travels through the pelvis, buttock and down each leg.  There can be many things that cause sciatica, and there are several things that might aggravate the condition, such as:

Since your sciatic nerve and all nerves in your body, for that matter, originate from the spine, looking at the spine for a solution to the problem only makes sense.

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How Is My Neck Connected to My Sciatica?

The vertebrae of your spine not only give you the stability that allows us to be upright and go about our day to day activities, but they also provide a tough layer of protection for the spinal cord.  The job of the spinal cord, and all of the nerves branching off of it, is to send signals to and from the brain.  When the topmost vertebra in your neck, the atlas, misaligns it can distort those signals.  This can lead to imbalances in your posture, muscle spasms, and pain.  These imbalances can cause unequal tension on one side of your body, causing compensations throughout your shoulders and hips.  One leg might draw up shorter than the other because of that, ultimately leading to low back pain and sciatica.

At Mountain State Wellness, we want to get to the root cause of your low back pain and sciatica, not just chase around the symptoms.  We use the NUCCA technique to address atlas misalignments that may be contributing to your condition.  This is a gentle, specific type of upper cervical chiropractic that realigns the atlas so that the imbalances throughout your spine can return to normal.  Proper atlas alignment is key in order to have good brain-body communication and optimal healing potential.  
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backpainm04-800To understand sciatica, you first need to understand the low back.  The sciatic nerve has its origins in the spinal cord and is formed by the nerve roots that branch off from the lumbar spine, the 5 lowest vertebrae in the spine.  The sciatic nerve travels from the lower back, through the buttock, then extends down the back of each leg to the foot and ankle.  Sciatica is an irritation of this nerve somewhere along its course, and this irritation can be extraordinarily painful.

Sciatica has a few more common causes:

Treating sciatica symptoms can be difficult.  Sometimes, over-the-counter painkillers aren’t enough to take the edge off the pain if it’s severe.   Avoiding sitting is also recommended, which isn’t always possible in many instances when a person’s work requires it.

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Getting at The Root Cause of Sciatica Symptoms

While it may be very simple to assume that sciatica sufferers have a primary problem with their lower back, many times that isn’t the case.  The lower back can be a big area of compensation for spinal issues in the neck.  When the atlas, the topmost vertebra in the spine, misaligns, it sets off a domino effect of compensations throughout the spine.  A small misalignment of the atlas can lead to a tilt of the head and uneven shoulders and hips, causing abnormal muscle tension and spasm in the mid and lower back.  While the pain may all be centered on the low back, buttock and thigh, the actual source of the problem can be elsewhere.  This becomes a problem since a general chiropractic approach will often miss this important fact.

At Mountain State Wellness, we utilize the NUCCA technique, a very specific and gentle approach to correcting atlas misalignments.  Many people are initially surprised to learn that their sciatica has its origins in the neck and are relieved to have finally found an approach that will address the cause and not just the symptoms.  If you’ve tried a general chiropractic approach without any success, our practice may be the perfect fit for you!

References:

http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/sciatica-symptoms

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