Sciatica refers to pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated. This is a massive nerve that extends from the lower back and divides down each leg. As a result, symptoms can be far-reaching. Pain may be felt in the lower back or hip area, but it can also radiate through the buttocks and down the leg into the foot. The pain, tingling, and numbness can be debilitating, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as driving. How can you find relief?
Traditional Sciatica Methods
Most doctors will recommend bed rest, anti-inflammatories, or pain medication until the bout passes. The problem with these methods is that they do not address the underlying problem. They just help a patient to make it through the current attack. It’s only a matter of time before the sciatic pain rears its ugly head once again. Are you looking for a better solution?
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Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Sciatica
Why should you get your neck examined if the pain is in your hips or legs? The fact is that posture and spinal health play key roles in coping with sciatica. The uppermost bones of the spine play a huge role in a person’s ability to maintain good posture. This is due to a process called the righting reflex.
When your neck is out of alignment, the head is not level. The right reflex is how the body tries to keep your eyes level with the horizon. As a result, bones and muscles down the entire back shift to keep the head straight. If any of those movements place pressure on the sciatic nerve, pain can result. Therefore, correcting the upper cervical misalignment can be vital to ending sciatica on a more permanent basis.
At 1st Place Chiropractic, we use the NUCCA method of upper cervical chiropractic to realign the C1 and C2 gently. As a result, patients experience better overall spine health.
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