Sciatica is not considered as a diagnosis, but merely a description of symptoms that comprise lower back pain. It is characterized by putting pressure on the lumbar nerve roots that cause pain in all points of the sciatic nerve.
Four out of five adult Americans suffer from lower back pain during their lifetime, as reported in National Institute of Health. If you suffer from sciatica or know someone who suffers from it, it is important to learn more about this debilitating condition.
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Chiropractic Care and Low Back Pain
Most people suffer from low back pain but many do not realize that they can prevent or treat this condition with the right chiropractic care. It is crucial to understand lower back pain in order to avoid any complications.
Understanding Low Back Pain
Low back pain is commonly seen as an acute type of pain; thus, it usually lasts for a few days and resolves on its own with proper self-care. There are two types of low back pain described by experts and these include subacute low back pain and chronic back pain.
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This week in practice the ideas of why do my adjustments not hold, why do I need to get checked, I feel fine I’ll come in next week came up so I thought that I would address them in this blog.
Why do my adjustments not hold?
With new to chiropractic patient’s it is a common finding during the first visit that patients pain started a few weeks ago but the problem started months or years ago(read a previous blog kids and chiropractic). The majority of subluxations occur in childhood but don’t show up for years later. By that I mean subluxations finally causing a symptom like neck pain, lower back pain, or are aggravated in a work injury or car accident. Most people associate chiropractic taking care of spinal complaints and wait until they are in pain to seek care. So after years of incorrect alignment, posture, and function it doesn’t make sense to say we can achieve correction in a week or two. If you have had subluxations for 15 years how long do you think it will take to get back to or close to proper alignment? Also most patients go back to the same lifestyle that created it and expect to stay in correction. If you truly want to stay in alignment as long as you can then you need daily posture exercises, stretching,massage, proper nutrition, be in shape, and manage your stress. My patients that do more of these things have better posture, scans and are adjusted the least in my office.
Why do I need to get checked I feel fine? I will wait until next week or month to get adjusted.
My staff hears this comment often. When we call inactive patients this is the most common response to not wanting their free check-up. The medical system is to blame for this idea. Simply if you feel fine then you must be healthy. If you have a symptom then take a drug, get rid of the symptom, stay on the drug for the rest of your life, be symptom free but ignore why the body is giving you a symptom. SOMETHING IS WRONG!! Your body gives you symptoms like high blood pressure, headaches, neck pain, and allergies because something is wrong. If you treat the cause then you won’t have symptoms because you addressed the problem. I just got research across my desk that if your spine isn’t adjusted at least every two weeks then permanent degenerative changes will occur(arthritis). Since only 10% of the nerves in your body sense pain, and most pains occur after the disease or subluxation has been there for years why should I wait until you hurt to adjust you? How many two-week cycles of degenerative changes have occurred in your body before you got adjusted or maybe you have never been adjusted. BIG PICTURE if the hard bone is decaying then what is happening to the soft nerve? This is why we invested in Surface EMG and posture scans so we can look at potential problems and fix them before you feel them. What if C1-2 goes out of alignment, doesn’t irritate the nerve that causes pain at this level(headaches), but stresses your immune system, weakening it so you start to suffer from sinus problems and allergies3 or 4 years later. What if it creates postural imbalances in the head and shoulders potentially leading to scoliosis or pain problems years in the future. How long do you want to wait to get adjusted? Until you finally get the pain pattern that nerve produces(headache) or when this cascade of poor health starts, within minutes of subluxating(going out of alignment). This is my philosophy of health for me and my family adjustments once a week and medication as the last resort. Its the best program I have see in practice and it helps me manage you care and health more effectively.
Interesting thought. This week during patient care this theme came up frequently. When patients asked me what else they could be doing to help themselves stay in correction longer this idea came up. How much are you willing to invest, change, do, and analyze? All of my clients get adjusted. Most of my successful clients get adjusted on a scheduled time whether it is weekly or biweekly. This allows me to manage their care and see how their body is dealing with stress and give them tips based on my analysis and 20 years in practice. More successful patients also do posture correction exercises at home and change negative lifestyle habits. Other clients work out regularly, change their diet, add in yoga, get massage on a scheduled basis. My least successful clients are the ones that come in infrequently, still expect the same adjustment results even though the problem has gotten worse, think that just because they woke up with pain yesterday it should go away with one visit. They are relying on other people to get them healthy and not themselves. Then if it doesn’t work it’s someone else’s fault not theirs.
Really how big you want to play is up to you. Everyone has the time to get adjusted, receive massage, go to the gym 3-5 times weekly but we all are guilty of one thing…procrastination!! It’s easy to buy the ticket that medicine is selling, don’t worry about your lifestyle we’ll fix you with a miracle drug or surgery and you can eat, drink, and smoke what you want. It’s easy sit at home and watch tv, eat high carb foods and feel happy. We all know where this train is going to derail … poor health. If you want to receive the best results in chiropractic and other health care professions then take care of yourself NOW. If you want to spend the least amount in healthcare then do the things that will keep you out of the system. Our office has been successful for years in changing their life. In fact a patient just the other day said she came in for back issues and was giving me 6 months to fix it, we did and now 6 1/2 years later she enjoys the benefits of regular chiropractic care as part of her health lifestyle. Just imagine a nation of healthy people instead of a nation with a health care crisis!
Many patients that see kids in the office wonder what back problems they are being treated for. The reality is that these kids parents understand that subluxations occur at early ages and limit their kids potential.
Yes, chiropractic is beneficial for the children that have ear infections, colic, chronic illness and other maladies. Most parents understand the benefits of chiropractic care and want the best for their kids. If the child’s innate intelligence is limited by subluxation then how can they really be living their life at full potential?
How many falls have your kids had? Do they have proper posture, carry a backpack that only weighs 15% of their body weight, sit correctly in school, while texting, during dinner?
All of these activities have consequences good or bad depending on how your innate adapts to the stresses. (See upcoming blogs about posture) So how healthy are your children? Most commonly parents answer they don’t have any symptoms so they must be healthy.
Most people don’t realize that pain is the last indicator of health. One of the best indicators of health is posture. Posture is reflective of your nerve systems ability to adapt to its environment. If it’s crooked then your nerve system is stressed incorrectly and as a result sending the wrong test message to the body.
Surface EMG is another great indicator of analyzing the electrical communication and seeing if there are any blocks(subluxations).
If your children have had slips and falls, improper posture, and haven’t had a chiropractic analysis then it’s time. After all aren’t you responsible for your child’s health?