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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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Lower back pain from a lumbar disc injury is one of the most common health problems that people face every day. Disc injuries can occur in the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (upper back) or lumbar spine (lower back). They occur most often in the lumbar area because the lower back bears the most weight and force on a daily basis.
Surgery or pain relief medication is often prescribed by physicians to relieve this pain and promote healing. However, there are safe and effective alternatives to surgery and harsh pain medications. Our Chiropractors at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest are trained professionals who can fix your posture and help eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with this type of injury. In fact, our motto is, “We Fix posture!”
Correct Spine Alignment Relieves Pain
When the body is in correct alignment, the underlying cause of pain and physical restriction is naturally eliminated. The body consists of eight major joints, including the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. These joints are referred to as load bearing joints and they function best only when all four are vertically and horizontally aligned.
When the body is put back in proper alignment through posture therapy by our Chiropractors at Spine and Health, pain relief and proper healing can begin. Our Posture Experts will meet with you, assess your situation and decide on a treatment program that will help eliminate your pain and fix your posture.
Bad Habits Cause Bad Posture
In order to remain pain free and to be able to function efficiently, our bodies need to keep moving. For survival, the human body was designed to stand on two feet and remain in constant motion. However, today’s lifestyle of modern convenience and technology has enabled us to become much less active and even sedentary.
Whether we are sitting incorrectly in front of our computers or hunched over our mobile phones, technology is enabling us to develop bad posture habits. These habits are creating unnecessary strain on our bodies. This inactive lifestyle can cause us to be vulnerable to certain injuries and can also interfere with healing and pain relief. Our Chiropractors at Spine and Health use posture therapy to correct the underlying bad posture habits or alignment problems that are causing the pain.
Posture therapy is a safe and effective method for relieving the pain associated with a lumbar disc injury. Postural therapy not only heals and relieves pain, it also realigns the entire body so that you can experience the benefits of total health and wellness. Our Chiropractors at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest are professionals who know how to treat the underlying cause of your back pain. We are different in that we focus on treating the cause instead of just the symptoms. Our goal is to fix your posture so that you can be pain free and stay that way for a healthy spine-happy life!
Straighten up your spine to help treat depression! Posture therapy is more than a treatment for posture alone. Posture therapy also treats and helps to eliminate the debilitating symptoms of depression.
Most of us associate posture therapy with better movement, avoiding injuries and reducing pain. However, studies show that posture therapy can actually help in treating depression and anxiety. This is a welcome change in a day and age when physicians are very quick to prescribe medications for these types of problems. The posture experts at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest can fix your posture so that you can experience better mood, better health and reduced depression.
Studies have shown that the physical body is visibly affected by depression, and as the mood improves, a person’s overall posture improves as well. The same studies also show that depression and anxiety can be better managed by changing and correcting certain postural traits. Researcher Professor Erik Peper found that by simply choosing to put your body in a more upright position, you can dramatically boost mood and energy levels.
The following are some of the postural traits often associated with depression:
- Rounded shoulders
- Forward head flexion
- Slower walking speed
- A decrease in vertical head movement
- Less arm swing
Studying the Posture-Depression Relationship
Energy level is a good indicator of depression. There’s an interesting study out there that assesses energy levels, moods, and body posture to show how they relate to one another. Two groups of university students were asked to participate where one group was asked to slouch and walk slowly for a few minutes and the other was asked to skip and swing their arms for the same amount of time.
Both groups were then asked to rate their mood and energy level. The groups switched activities and again rated their mood and levels of energy. The students all reported that slouched walking made them feel less energetic and even sad, while skipping and moving quickly made them feel more energetic, happier and more positive.
Body-based psychotherapy shows us that the body and the brain work together and form a complete unit. The brain uses the nervous system to affect each and every part of the body and this connection also works in reverse. In other words, the body is able to, and does, influence the brain as well as what is going on in the mind.
Recent studies have shown that using posture therapy to improve posture and muscle strength are more effective than drug therapy when it comes to treating depression. Other studies show that simply sitting up straight, pulling the shoulders back and looking up can all help elevate mood and increase energy levels.
When deep in depression, it may seem impossible to straighten the spine and sit up straight, but our Posture Experts can help. The changes you’ll see can make a huge difference in treating the symptoms of depression and anxiety. They are certainly not a cure, but are effective tools to add to other options available for managing depression.
The chiropractors at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest can assess and fix your posture so that you can enjoy better mood, less depression and overall good health.