What A Chiropractor Can Do For Your Sciatica

Doctors of Chiropractic are trained and can be an effective treatment source for patient’s suffering with sciatica. Typically, sciatica has different types of pains, which may include: dull, achy, sharp, pins and needles, burning, numbness or even tingling. Each patient will feel a different sensation along with the intensity of the pain. Patients usually describe the pain starting in the low back or buttock and traveling into one or both legs.

Sciatica is generally caused by the sciatic nerve being irritated by some kind of compression. Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain may include but not limited: misalignment in the lumbar spine, herniated or bulging discs, pregnancy and childbirth, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or even placing your wallet in your back pocket and sitting on it for long an extended amount of time.

One of the more common causes of sciatica is due to a muscle known as the piriformis. The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the pelvic region (see image), Image result for piriformis sciaticaconnects to the upper region of the femur, and assists in hip rotation. As you can see in the picture, the sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle. This muscle is susceptible to injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis, or a difference in leg length which may be congenital for structurally (misalignment in the spine/hips). This can cause the piriformis muscle to be hypertonic or spastic which then puts tension of the sciatic nerve beginning the early signs of sciatica.

As stated above when the sciatic nerve starts to be compressed it may result in the loss of feeling (sensory loss), tingling, burning, achy, weakness, etc.

The first step for any doctor is to determine the root cause of the issue causing the sciatic pain. A thorough exam is done on each patient which can include neurological, muscle testing, sensory, and orthopedic test to determine why the sciatic nerve is being irritated. Also if MRI, CT scan, or X-Rays are needed, they may be taken as well to get a more in depth analysis of the patient. These tests also help the doctor detect any contraindications for an adjustment and any other therapies.  All this information is then utilized in forming a diagnosis for the patient.

Chiropractors are well diversified in treating patient’s that are dealing with sciatica. If there are no contraindications for an adjustment or therapies, a doctor of chiropractic may begin treatment on the patient as early as the first visit. There are different techniques that can be utilized for a patient; the main goal of an adjustment is to restore movement in regions of the spine that are restricted. When the spine, including the pelvic and sacrum are properly aligned it frees up regions that may have some tension. Adjustments also help to reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica. Adjustments should not be painful. Spinal manipulation is proven to be safe and effective.
If suited, therapies may be used along with an adjustment. This includes a TENS unit which can help reduce muscle spasms that the patient may be having. The device uses electric current to help calm the muscles. Along with the TENS unit, ice may be beneficial for the patient when they are at home. Ice will help reduce inflammation in affected areas.  Massages can also be beneficial for patients since this is another way to help calm the muscle spasms, especially the piriformis, in affected region.

Why Our Posture Is Important To Our Health

One of the most important aspects of our health deals with our posture. Posture is affected each an everyday no matter what we are doing. As you work at your desk, you may notice that your shoulders are starting to round forward a little bit, you may be slouching and putting more tension on your low back, and your head may be leaning forward which also puts tension on your posterior neck muscles.

Being conscious about our posture can be a huge help when it comes to our health. By acknowledging our posture throughout the day, we can work to make it better. We can sit up, we can place our computers at eye level, and we can get up and walk around during the day if our job requires us to be seated.

Reasons to have good posture:

  • Decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together
  • Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions
  • Muscles are more efficient and use less energy which reduces muscle fatigue
  • Prevents strain or overuse problems
  • Posture will help with healthier appearance
  • Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly

Asthma and Chiropractic

Asthma is a condition where the airway narrows, swells and produces extra mucus. This can make a person have a difficult time breathing and can result in an individual to start to cough, wheeze and have shortness of breath.
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For certain people, this is just a minor issue that doesn’t seem to bother them during their day to day events. While others it can be a major crisis that may lead to a life threatening asthma attack.

There are different things that can cause someone to have a flare up with their asthma. Occupational asthma is typically brought on when a workplace or environment has some irritant such as dust particles, or certain chemical fumes. Exercise induced asthma is typically brought on an individual is working out and the airway begins to constrict. The weather can also play a role on someone if it is cold and dry outside. Allergy induced asthma is what most people think of when they hear about asthma, which comes from pollen from flowers, or pet dander.

Most people think that an inhaler is their only option to help them with their issue. There are also alternative options that may be available for people with asthma. Chiropractic care has been shown to help improve the condition with chiropractic adjustments.

The main goal of any chiropractor is to help restore the structure of the spine and allow the nervous system to work at its optimal potential. Our nervous system plays a role in every muscle, organ, gland, and tissue in our body. This includes the lungs. Chiropractic adjustments not only helps the spine be realigned, but also allows the other areas such as the rib cage to be balanced which allows an individual to take a breath properly.

Talk to your doctor about taking the right steps in helping you out.

Explaining Chiropractic Through A Safety Pin

One of the the easiest ways to explain how the brain communicates with the body is utilizing a common item such as a safety pin.
When everything is in alignment (such as your spine) the message from your brain can be relayed to any tissue, muscle, organ, or cell with out any interference. This allows for optimal performance for our body. The same goes for our tissue, muscle, organ, or cell to relay any sensory information back to our brain.

When there is a misalignment in our spine, it can interfere with the message from the brain to the body or body to brain. As a chiropractor our main goal is to restore the alignment in the spine to help the body communicate at its best. So that you can operate at your best!



Your Taste Buds

The tongue is a very special tool that we utilize each and everyday.

Your tongue has between 2,000 and 4,000 taste buds, which allows us to taste the food we consume. We have the ability to taste 5 different flavors which include: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umani. The sides of our tongue are better at perceiving the taste of food when compared to the middle of the tongue. Image result for taste buds

Taste buds allowed us to survive by allowing us to know what foods may be harmful to us. The back of the tongue is sensitive to bitter which acts as a barrier (act of spitting out food) to prevent us from swallowing poisonous or spoiled food.

Your tongue can also be a great tool to see your overall health.
•Bright Red tongue can be a sign of B12 or folic acid deficiency
•White Spots on the tongue can indicate a yeast infection (oral Thrush)
•Black Tongue can be a sign of bacterial growth

Any of these signs should be further evaluated by a physician to provide the right care for you.

How We See Color In The World

You are looking at a beautiful garden in front of you. You can see all the distinct colors ranging from red, green, blue, purple, and so on. We have special cells in our eyes known as cone cells that allow us to see these unique colors.Image result for beautiful garden

We have around six to seven million cones in our eye. Cones are less sensitive to light, but give us the finer detail in a rapidly changing image. So, as you scroll through your Instagram feed and flying through each post or playing a video game, your cones are trying their best to perceive the details for you so that your brain can comprehend the image.

There are three types of cones, which include S-cones, M-cones, and L-cones. Each one is sensitive to a certain wave length, S for short, M for medium, and L for long.

All the receptors contain the protein photopsin, with variations in its conformation causing differences in the optimum wavelengths absorbed.

Along with cones, our eyes also have rod cells that also aid in our vision. Humans have on average 90 million rod cells, which are more sensitive than cone cells and are mostly responsible for night vision. Rod cells play a very minimum role in detecting color and is one of the main reasons why we do not see much color in darkness.

The eye is a very special organ in the human body that gives us the able to see not only give us some vision during the night time (somewhat), but also the ability to see distinct colors in the world. Our eyes give us the sight to see all the beauty in the world!

The Accessory Nerve

Growing up as a kid, I was always told to look both ways before crossing the road. Turn left, turn right, double check my left and make my way across the road.

The main muscle that allows us to rotate our head is the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) which is shown in the picture. This muscle is innervated by the Accessory Nerve (Cranial Nerve XI). Our SCM also allows us to tilt our heads.

Along with supplying the SCM, the Accessory Nerve also supplies our trapezius muscles. Our trapezius muscles allow us to shrug our shoulders. Both of these muscles are tested on examination to check your Accessory Nerve.

Now when you cross the road, you can thank your Accessory Nerve.