Do you have
any experience with chiropractic and sciatica?
Pain can occur in the body in various ways, and a common type of pain which is associated with lower back pain is Sciatica. Anyone who has experienced Sciatica can agree that it is difficult to find relief from the pain associated with the condition.
Sciatica is associated by an irritation of the nerve roots which emerge from the lower spine. Hence it is classified as a type of nerve pain. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve found in the human body, and it connects the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles, so you don’t want to mess with it!
Along our spine, we all have rubbery pads between the vertebrae called spinal discs. Our spinal discs act as natural shock absorbers for the vertebrae and ensure smooth movement of the spine. However, when the disc is out of place, it leaves the sciatic nerve impacted, pinched, compressed, and irritated leading to unbearable pain. In some cases, it can arise in some forms of arthritis.
The pain is sharp and is felt in the lower back to your hips and buttocks all the way down to your feet. In Australia, it is estimated that 5 to 10% of people with low back pain have sciatica! That is around 200,000 to 400,000 Australians!
Sciatica can either be acute or chronic and can last for a longer time if not treated. It is typically associated with a sedentary job or lifestyle. Over the counter medication can only help reduce the pain for some time but when it is not treated, it can return as chronic pain.
Chiropractic may be a Solution
Chiropractic is a form of health care treatment that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. It is a healthcare therapy aimed to relieve pain by correcting or adjusting mechanical disorders.
Chiropractic deals with body pain and may serve as an appropriate therapy for sciatica relief. It helps to reduce the painful symptoms of sciatica.
Are you resident in the North Sydney or Crows Nest area and experiencing lower back pain? We see clients at our North Sydney and Crows Nest clinic who use chiropractic treatment for the relief from Sciatica. We can help.
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A landmark study has shown that spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse rate and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture. 
DID YOU KNOW?
The degree of forward head posture directly correlates with headache duration, headache frequency and presence of trigger points in the muscles at the base of your skull. So every inch that your head comes back will be less headaches. That’s a weight off my mind!! (Pun completely intended)
HOW DOES POOR POSTURE EFFECT SO MUCH IN YOUR BODY?
Poor posture effects the nerve endings in the muscles of your neck which fire up and can stimulate the part of your nervous system that controls the heart and lungs. Not to mention that poor posture can dramatically reduce your lung capacity! 
Our Posture Experts at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest can fix your posture so you experience less pain, improved health, better breathing and increased energy. When your spine is in proper alignment, your entire body can benefit from better overall health and allow you to be the best you can be!
Contact our Chiropractors at Spine and Health, they are the experts in pain and posture. The chiro’s will conduct a thorough examination including a digital postural analysis and create an individual plan of action for you should they feel chiropractic care can help you and your posture.
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 Trigger points in the suboccipital muscles and forward head posture in tension-type headache. Headache. 2006 Mar; 46 (3): 454-60. Fernandez-de-las-Penas C, Alonso-Blanco C, Cuadrado ML, Gerwin RD, ParejaJA.Department of Physical Therapy, University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
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Since we were little our parents told us to stop slouching, or sit straight, or stand taller!
But does this correct your actual posture?
Actually, no it does not!
How many times have you sucked your stomach in?
Let’s say you saw someone with a stomach that bulged out a bit and you asked them to suck it in, their belly would then “appear “flat!
This is the same person with the photo’s taken 5 seconds apart.
But that wouldn’t really be a flat stomach now would it. They are just sucking it in, and when they get tired or forget to “hold in” their stomach, it would bulge out again.
Well it’s just the same for posture. Sure you can remember to stand tall and push your shoulders back, and your chest out, but just like holding in your stomach, it’s not a real correction for your posture, and of course once you forget to “hold” yourself up, or you get tired, your bad posture comes back!
Left image: This is her normal posture! Right image: This is her holding herself up.
This is the posture people see most of the time! This sends a strong negative message about you to your colleagues. Your boss, peers and friends read your body language as an indicator of your attitude.
This is her holding herself up. A positive posture reflects a positive attitude and it is possible to maintain IF your “posture centres” are activated throughout the day.
YOUR POSTURE CONTROL CENTRE!
Most functions of your body are run automatically, your heart beats, your diaphragm contracts, your sandwich at lunch gets digested, all without you thinking about it!
Well the same thing is supposed to happen with your posture. Great posture is supposed to be automatic and always working!
And the organ most responsible for running your body functions on automatic?
You guessed it the brain!
Babies and toddlers do not need to be reminded to have great posture – its natural and automatic!
This is because they have not had their posture centres switched off yet!
SWITCHING OF THE POSTURE CENTRE
So why is posture not automatic in people!
Well, sitting switches it off!
We evolved as hunter gatherers – which meant we adapted to an environment where we were always moving.
But in modern day society we do not move very much, and just sit all day. Sitting powerfully turns off the posture centres in our brain!
Further to this our heads are often held in the down position such as when using the computer and of course texting, which further turns of the Posture Centres in your brain!
SO HOW DO YOU TURN ON YOUR BRAINS POSTURE CENTRE?
To reactivate the posture Centre of your brain you need Postural Experts that can turn your posture centres back on!
Its your brain that controls your posture!
The experts at Spine and Health have been TURNING ON clients Postures for 15 years! And this is without exercises or rehab or any homework to do!
By carefully analysing your posture with a digital Posture Scan and standing Postural X-rays (if these specialized x-rays are required they can be bulked billed) Posture experts can turn back on your posture Centres so you can have perfect posture without having to think about it!
Better Posture is correlated to less body aches and pains, more flexibility, better breathing, better work and athletic performance, being perceived as younger, healthier and even more trustworthy!
And off course posture is a powerful indicator of personal attractiveness!
YOUR NEXT STEP:
- GET A FREE POSTURE SCAN AT OUR NORTH SYDNEY & CROWS NEST POSTURE CENTRES!
- CALL TODAY AND BOOK YOUR FREE POSTURE SCAN
- SCAN ONLY TAKES 15 MINUTES
- SPEAK TO A POSTURE EXPERT ABOUT YOUR POSTURE!
CROWS NEST (02) 94608459 NORTH SYDNEY (02) 99558055
DIGITAL POSTURE SCAN REVEALS :
- YOUR POSTURE NUMBER
- IF YOUR POSTURE IS GOOD , NORMAL OR BAD!
- CALCULATES ANY EXTRA FORCE GOING THROUGH YOUR SPINE
- MEASURES YOUR POSTURE DISTORTION ANGLES
- SPEAK TO A POSTURE EXPERT TODAY ABOUT YOUR POSTURE!!