Can Chiropractic Help With Sciatica and Headaches

Sciatica is a quite literally a pain in the rear! Your Sciatic Nerve exits your spinal column at the sacrum, runs down the back of your leg, and separates into a variety of other nerves that continue down to your feet. Often, a misalignment in the lower back (lumbar and sacrum region) can disrupt normal communication of the Sciatic Nerve which may cause dull pain, shooting pains, numbness, or a weakness in the leg. Some describe the pain as feeling like an electric shock down the leg.

The approach of a chiropractor for a patient who is experiencing sciatica is to remove or reduce the misalignment (referred to as a subluxation) to restore normal movement and function of the area while reducing compression on the sciatic nerve for proper communication of the nervous system.

There are a variety of methods chiropractors employ in their treatment of the misalignment, some through a direct intervention (such as a lumbar adjustment) and some through an indirect intervention (such as an upper cervical adjustment). Remember, chiropractors do not treat symptoms, they make adjustments to the spine or extremities to restore correct function within the body.

In many cases, the correction of the dysfunction leads to a resolution of the symptom. If you are experiencing sciatica or sciatic pain, consult a local chiropractor to evaluate if you have a misalignment of your spine that can be corrected to restore normal function of your sciatic nerve.

Are you suffering from headaches or migraines? Proper treatment of headaches is often difficult for millions of people with most common treatment only temporarily treating the symptom rather than the root cause. Often found alongside symptoms such as neck pain or a pain in the base of the skull, headaches can ruin your day or for some, ruin your week.

Some medications may ease the severity of pain, but have not been shown to reduce the recurrence rate of headaches. One of the most common types of headache is referred to as “Cervicogenic Headache” (or tension headache) arising from tension in the neck muscles. It is unclear whether the tightness of the muscles disrupts nerve transmission, blood supply to the brain, or both.

The chiropractic approach to cervicogenic headaches includes an examination of the cervical spine. The treatment technique used by the doctor of chiropractic determines the extent of examination, but the chiropractor’s objective is to correct the alignment of the cervical vertebrae (neck bones). When one or more vertebrae is out position relative to the other vertebrae, the spinal nerve root is compressed and it’s level of function is reduced. The reduced function can lead to a variety of other factors, including the improper neck tension noted with cervicogenic headaches.

While a chiropractor does not directly treat headaches, their objective correct the physical deficiency within the body that is causing the headache. In many cases, complete resolution of headaches has occured, in others, a significant decline in the frequency (for example, 5 headaches per typical week reduced to 1 headache per week), improving the quality of life of the patient.

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