Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, SciaticaIf you’ve ever had sciatica, you know it’s not a pain you can easily ignore.  The sciatic nerve originates in the spine from the lower back, runs through the buttocks and down each leg.  Sciatica is a condition that causes pain, burning or tingling along the course of the nerve that can worsen with certain movements, such as standing, sitting, or squatting.  Along with pain, sciatic may have other symptoms such as:

What Are My Treatment Options?

A visit to your family medical doctor when you’re having a bout with sciatica will usually yield a fairly predictable course of action.  The first step is often over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as Advil, to try to reduce swelling and pain.  In more severe cases, prescription muscle relaxants or steroids may be used.  If the sciatica is a result of a herniated or degenerated disc in the lower back, surgery might be recommended.

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Is There a Natural Alternative?

If you’re looking for a natural approach to treating sciatica or just wanted to try a safe and conservative route before resorting to medications and possible surgical intervention, then we might be able to help you.  Upper cervical chiropractic care may give you lasting relief from lower back pain and sciatica by identifying the area of the spine that is causing everything else to shift out of balance.

We know it might seem strange to address a lower back issue by starting with the neck, but the truth is the entire spine is linked.  A small shift of the atlas vertebra at the top of the neck creates a domino effect down the spine, causing distortions in your posture, muscle spasms, and compensations throughout.  Once the head is realigned normally over the body and compensation is no longer necessary, the pressure from the sciatic nerve is released, and the healing process can begin.  Our thorough evaluation process will identify if an atlas misalignment is a contributing factor in your sciatica, and if so, our gentle adjustment will help your body to restore normal alignment and normal nervous system function.

Reference:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sciatica/basics/definition/con-20026478

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Whiplash, Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Back Pain, Back Ache, Headache, Headaches, Migraine, Migraines, accident, car accident, Neck Injury, Neck Trauma Millions suffer from whiplash injuries around the world. In the US alone, a reported 1.2 million are reported annually. In recent years, efforts have been made to address current trends in this regard. A new disorder known as Cranio-Cervical Syndrome has impacted the medical community. This new syndrome highlights the fragility of the human neck and research shows that damage to the neck can restrict the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. However, sufficient relief from symptoms and lack of accurate diagnosis persist.

The syndrome may be newly named and now prominently featured at medical conventions, but those suffering from the host of symptoms it presents have long been seeking upper cervical chiropractic care. Over 80 years ago, what these specially trained chiropractic doctors call atlas subluxation complex syndrome was identified. Happily, advancement in research and technology is beginning to point the rest of the medical community toward this important area of the human body.

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Migraines and Other Symptoms

This syndrome is now also being linked with headaches and migraine pain. This actually tops the list of symptoms noted in those with Cranio-Cervical Syndrome. Here are some other examples of what sufferers may experience:

Medical examinations have shown that old neck and head injuries, such as whiplash, are commonly seen in those diagnosed with this syndrome. Relief from the symptoms listed along with headaches and migraines can be realized. Gentle realignment of the upper cervical vertebrae can restore the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid and release pressure that can build up and cause the wide range of effects listed above.

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Back Pain, Back Ache, Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve, Pinched Nerve, Lower Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Natural Relief, Back Pain Treatment, Sciatica ReliefA bout of lower back pain can range from a mild annoyance to a debilitating, chronic condition.  Almost everyone will experience lower back pain at some point in their life, whether it be from heavy lifting, sleeping on an uncomfortable hotel mattress, or otherwise.  As long as the pain is not from a serious injury, there are some simple ways to try and manage the pain from the comfort of your own home:

  1. Light exercise – walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bike can help keep your low back mobile and strong
  2. Ice – applying ice to the lower back in the first 24 to 48 hours after it starts hurting can help reduce inflammation
  3. Core strengthening – working on your abdominal strength can support the lower back, making future injury less likely
  4. Work ergonomically – if your job requires time behind a desk, make sure it’s set up properly so you’re not hunched over or straining to reach the keyboard
  5. Proper footwear – ladies might benefit from ditching the heels in favor of flats, which will decrease the pressure on the lower part of the spine.

If you’ve already tried these tips and your lower back pain is still nagging, chances are the underlying cause hasn’t been addressed.  While these ideas can be helpful in a pinch, if the root cause isn’t addressed, the pain can become a more chronic issue.  Understanding the mechanics and function of the spine is key to getting to the bottom of lower back pain.

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Lower Back Pain and Your Neck

The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae that work together to provide protection for the spinal cord.  The uppermost vertebra that sits just beneath the skull is the atlas, which is like the first link in a chain.  When this link shifts away from its normal alignment, it affects everything below it.  In the spine, this creates abnormal tension on the spinal cord and nerves, which leads to improper signals being sent and received over these nerves.  This can cause many issues in the body including postural distortion, muscle spasm, and pain.  While the pain you’re feeling is in your lower back, the actual cause of the pain may very well be coming from the neck.  All the adjustments in the world to the low back wouldn’t help in this case, and may actually stand to make things worse.

While it may seem counterintuitive to receive treatment in an area that may not be symptomatic, addressing the atlas misalignment can bring the entire body back into balance and relieve lower back pain.  Contact us for your free consultation today – your lower back will thank you!

References:

http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/features/manage-low-back-pain-home

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Back Pain, Back Ache, Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve, Pinched Nerve, Lower Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Natural Relief, Back Pain Treatment, Sciatica ReliefLower back pain is extremely common, and it makes sense as to why – the vertebrae in the lower back carry the brunt of our weight thanks to gravity.  While it’s common to experience some lower back pain or soreness after heavy lifting or sitting for an extended period of time, the pain sometimes becomes a chronic issue.  For some, the pain will radiate along the sciatic nerve, which travels from the lower back to the buttocks and down the leg.  This pain can be extremely debilitating and can affect a person’s ability to do even the simplest of daily tasks, like taking a shower.

Many people know that chiropractors can help with lower back pain.  In our office, we take a different approach to lower back and sciatic nerve pain that has helped our patients to achieve lasting relief.  While on the surface, it may seem odd that your neck may be related to your lower back pain or sciatica, in reality, the connection is very real.  Because of the shape and biomechanics of the atlas vertebra, the topmost vertebra in the spine, it is extremely likely to shift out of position following an accident, injury, or just daily repetitive movements.  When this occurs, it places tension along the length of the spinal cord.  This causes compensations throughout the spine, leading to muscle spasms, pain, and postural distortions.  When muscle tension occurs asymmetrically on one side of the body, this can cause one hip to be elevated, leading to a shortened leg on that side.  These imbalances can place great stress and strain on the lower back and sciatic nerve.

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At Mountain State Wellness, we look very carefully at atlas misalignment as the keystone to the entire spine.  When the atlas is off, the rest of the spine follow suit.  This is how we are able to accomplish lasting results for our patients with lower back pain and sciatica.  Upper cervical chiropractic is highly specific and extremely gentle.  Our adjustments are customized for each individual patient and are designed to hold in place for maximum healing.  If a general chiropractic approach hasn’t worked, or if you’re tired of treating your lower back pain with medications, then upper cervical chiropractic may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

References:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1144130-overview

 

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