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Low back pain and Sciatica
Statistically you will suffer from back pain of some kind if you have not already and understanding the cause of your low back pain can lead you to make the best choice of treatment.
Chiropractic is often the best avenue of treatment for most low back pain as it specifically targets improvement in spinal [back] bio-mechanics and aims to restore proper motion and posture. This will allow the injured vertebral discs to operate with the least amount of stress and potential for re-injury, and provide the best environment for healing.
If you have an abnormal joint movement (subluxation) in your Lumbar Spine:
- Pain and discomfort when sitting and difficulty getting up and down from a seated position.
- Pain improves with walking.
- Leg Pain that radiates down past the buttock or thigh.
- Pain down the outside of the thigh.
- Pain down the front of the thigh.
- Pain bending forward.
- Difficulty standing straight, the pain often making you lean to one side.
If you have an abnormal joint movement (subluxation) in your Pelvis:
- Can’t stand on one foot without pain.
- Difficulty straightening.
- Difficulty getting comfortable at night effecting sleep.
- Groin Pain.
- Leg Pain.
- Increase in pain with walking.
- Heel Pain (not related to a bone spur).
- Achilles Tendon Pain.
The most common causes of abnormal lumbar spine movement (subluxation) include:
- Lift and twisting – putting children in the car.
- Fall or Trauma.
- Repetitive lifting or actions.
When a lumbar vertebra develops abnormal joint movement (subluxation) it becomes fixated and the disc becomes unbalanced and inflamed. This ultimately causes different spinal information to be sent to the brain and the central nervous system.
This leads to dysfunctional processing and integration by the brain and central nervous system. The end result is poor control of the spine and body leading to pain locally or in severe cases referred pain – sciatica.
The most common causes of abnormal pelvic movement (subluxation) include:
- Repetitive twisting movements: shoveling.
- Falls and Trauma.
- Out-stretched lifting.
- Walking in high heels.
- Standing or walking on uneven surface.
When a pelvic joint develops abnormal joint movement it is the sacroiliac joint that becomes inflamed (like spraining an ankle). This causes irritation to the local nerves that distorts the information that is sent to the brain and the central nervous system.
This leads to dysfunctional processing and integration by the brain and central nervous system. The end result is poor control of the spine and body leading to the local and referred pain.
When abnormal joint movement of the Spine & Pelvis is left untreated there are wider consequences for the body due to the local nerve pressure.
- Symptoms can become more painful and referred.
- May impact on activities of daily living and sleeping quality.
- Will cause uneven stress of the Lumbar Disc’s that leads to uneven wear and tear (osteoarthritis). This can lead to more serious conditions and injury of the disc. ie: Disc prolapse ‘Disc Bulge’.
- The longer a condition is left untreated the more complicated it can become to fix. This can be a strain on time and finances.
Lumbar spine solution:
A Chiropractic examination at Living Chiropractic will specifically locate the exact vertebra that is causing pressure on the nerve.
Adjusting the specific spinal segment will restore proper brain and central nervous system function: This will lead to better control of the spine and body.
Dr Heidi Haavik, a Chiropractor and Neuroscientist has found through her research that the most interesting thing is “that Chiropractic Care, adjusting the spine to restore spinal function, actually changes the way the brain functions.”
- Chiropractic examination at Living Chiropractic to identify how the Sacroiliac Joint needs to be corrected to reduce the pressure on local nerves.
- Adjusting the Sacroiliac Joint needs to be specific to restore normal brain and central nervous system function. This will lead to better control of the spine and body.
- Correcting the cause will reduce the time it takes for your body to heal itself.