Manage Sciatica With Chiropractic Treatment
Sciatica is a symptom of a medical condition characterized by immense pain that is localized in regions supplied by the sciatic nerve especially the lumbosacral nerve roots, L4-S2. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body supplying muscles of the lower limb and the sensation of the skin of the foot. It is relatively common affecting approximately 4 out of 10 people. The condition is often associated with lower back pain.
In fact, studies have shown that an estimated 5-10% of people suffering from lower back pain have sciatica. However, contrary to the popular belief, sciatica isn’t limited to the back. The pain often runs down from the lower back to the back of the legs. Those who’ve experienced sciatica can tell you that aside from the pain, there’s probably a lot more you do not know about this condition.
How Can ChiroMotion Help?
Chiropractors focus on the relationship between the brain and body. This intermit relationship controls every aspect of your body. From waking you up to grabbing that first cup of coffee in the morning all the way to when it’s time to wine down for the night. This relationship is heavily dependant on the connection from the brain to the spine. Without the spine the messages from the brain won’t be able to connect to body. Like your home wifi router and internet. If the connection isn’t strong, it severely impairs your ability to fully access the internet.
What does this mean in your body? Well just like the wifi router and internet, if the connection is disturbed or there is interference between the signals! If the brain doesn’t know what’s happening in the body it will contract the muscle to protect itself. This protection mechanism is perceived as pain.
Chiropractors analyze spine to locate these areas of nervous interference; correct them so that your body has the ability to fully function at its best ability and relieving the source of your lower back pain so you can continue enriching your lifestyle.
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Spinal stenosis:a condition that involves the narrowing of the vertebral canal resulting in spinal cord compression. Spinal stenosis can be caused by bone spurs, local inflammatory processes, and spondylolisthesis. These conditions all cause the reduction in available space within the vertebral canal resulting in compression.
Piriformis syndrome:Is a condition caused by shortening or spasms of the piriformis muscle resulting in the compression of the sciatic nerve that runs through it. It is commonly known as the “wallet sciatica” inferring to the compression of gluteal muscles by a wallet in the rear hip pocket.
Pregnancy:Pregnancy results in the compression of the sciatic nerve due to the weight of the baby on the sciatic nerve especially during sitting and in case one is having leg spasms. The pelvis also widens due to the growth of the baby, thus resulting in compression of sciatic nerve.
- Age: The risk increases with increasing age peaking at 45-64 years
- Lifestyle practices such as smoking, diet
- Strenuous activities such as the lifting of heavy objects
- Occupational risks such as driving
- Mental stresses
- Biomechanical alteration due to postural stress