Sciatica is not easy to cope with and is unable to be ignored. The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back and travels through the buttocks, branching off into each leg. Sciatica is known for pain, tingling, and burning along the pathway of the nerve, and it often gets worse when one stands, squats, or sits. Other symptoms include:
- Problems moving the affected foot
- Usually, only one side is affected (but not always)
Getting Help for Sciatica
When seeking care from your primary care physician for sciatica, he or she will probably recommend Advil or other over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to take down the swelling and help with pain. If the pain is severe, muscle relaxers or steroids may be suggested. Surgery is often the last resort, and it usually due to a degenerated or herniated disc located in the lower spine area.
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Finding Natural Relief for Sciatica
Many people with sciatica are looking for a natural way to care for this condition. Others are wanting to avoid medications and surgery, hoping for a less invasive way to relieve the pain. Upper cervical chiropractors have been able to successfully help their sciatica patients by examining the upper spine area for tiny misalignments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. A misalignment of just ¼ of a millimeter can cause the entire spine to shift out of balance.
While some find it strange that we would start with the top of the spine in order to help the bottom of the spine, it is important to realize that the entire spine is connected. If the atlas (the top bone of the neck) even shifts slightly, a domino effect is created down the entire spine. This can lead to muscle spasms, improper posture, and similar compensations that can aggravate the sciatic nerve. Once corrected by a gentle, precise method, healing can begin and sciatica may become a thing of the past.
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