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Staggering Figures Reveal the Realities of Migraines

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefA migraine is not just a bad headache.  It is usually a combination of other symptoms that add up to an episode that can last from hours to days.  Along with a throbbing headache, migraine sufferers can also experience nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells, mood changes, cognitive dysfunction and more.  Migraines most commonly arise during puberty or young adulthood and recur every so often.  Most people know that migraines can take a person out of commission for a few hours, but few realize just how disabling they can be.  The following facts and figures are meant to shed some light on an extremely common and debilitating condition.

  • Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness globally.  This amounts to approximately 1 billion people who suffer from migraines.  While women are disproportionally affected (85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women), migraine also impacts men as well as children.
  • Migraines can be totally debilitating.  If you or someone close to you experience migraines, then you know how badly they can interrupt your life.  Over 90% of migraine sufferers cannot work or function normally during an episode.  Oftentimes this also means missed social opportunities and family time.
  • Migraines have a significant economic impact.  Costs of migraine treatment exceed $5 billion on an annual basis.  Each year, the cost of healthcare and lost productivity combined are estimated at $36 billion.  These numbers are staggering considering that migraine sufferers often experience concurrent health issues such as depression and anxiety.
  • Children experience migraines too.  10% of all school-age kids suffer from migraines and half of all migraine sufferers actually experience their first episode before age 12.  Infantile colic may even be an early form of migraine and was found to be associated with childhood migraines.  This can have a significant effect on a child’s ability to attend school and keep up with their peers.  Migraine-prone children miss school twice as often as children without.
  • Migraines can become a chronic condition.  Some people experience migraines only sporadically.  However, there are more than 4 million adults who suffer from chronic migraines, meaning that they have at last 15 episodes per month.  Aside from the obvious difficulties that chronic migraine sufferers face, they are also more apt to suffer from sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression.

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What is Causing my Migraines?

Although much research is being done and information continues to evolve, migraine still remains a relatively poorly understood condition.  Because of this, it can go undiagnosed and undertreated in many people.  In the United States alone there are only 500 headache specialists to serve 38 million migraine sufferers.  Migraines are thought to be neurologically-based headaches, meaning that migraine sufferers might have certain changes within their central nervous system that makes them more susceptible to developing migraine attacks.  Other known triggers include lack of sleep, changes in weather, certain foods (such as aged cheeses or meats), red wine, and stress.  There may also be a genetic component – more than half of people who have migraines have a parent or other close relative who also suffers from them.

Since medication overuse is one of the more common reasons why migraines become chronic, more people are seeking out natural alternatives to try and halt migraine episodes in their tracks.  Many migraine sufferers are finding success with upper cervical chiropractic care.  Outcomes range from a reduction in the severity of attacks, less frequent attacks, and a complete disappearance of migraines altogether.

What Makes the Upper Cervical Approach Different?

  • Precise adjustments – we utilize very particular diagnostic imaging in order to measure each patient’s individual misalignment down to fractions of a degree.  What this means for our patients are corrections that are customized for each of their specific needs.
  • Adjustments are given only when necessary – Rather than automatically adjusting you on every single visit, we go through different measurements on each visit to determine whether or not your atlas alignment is holding.  If your atlas remained in place from your previous adjustment, attempting to correct it again would do more harm than good.  The length of time you are able to maintain normal alignment is what allows for healing to take place, not repeated adjustments.
  • A narrower focus brings a higher level of expertise – Upper cervical chiropractors often take additional seminars and courses to perfect their technique and carry additional technique certifications.  What this means for our patients is a more thorough understanding about how a subtle atlas misalignment might be contributing to your migraines and influencing your overall health and wellbeing.
  • Gentle adjustments – upper cervical chiropractic care does not require forceful popping or twisting of the neck.  We go to great lengths to determine exactly how your vertebrae have misaligned so we can tailor gentle adjustments for each individual based on their needs.

What all of this adds up to for migraine sufferers is an approach that has the potential to address the underlying cause of your condition.  Restoring normal upper cervical spinal alignment can correct blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow issues and can normalize brainstem function.  For many migraine sufferers, this has led to natural and long-lasting relief or even complete remission of their symptoms.

 

References:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain,-spinal-cord,-and-nerve-disorders/headaches/migraines

http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Migraines: A Surprising Way to Ease Muscle Tension

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefHeadaches and migraines are known for bringing tension and pain to the head and neck. In fact, there is a common type of a headache called a tension headache. When you are experiencing a headache or a migraine, it usually has to do with tightness in the muscles of the neck and the improper flow of blood to the brain.

Understanding Migraines

As many as 12% of the population suffers from migraines. Migraines include such symptoms as:

  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and odor
  • An aura before the head pain
  • Throbbing pounding head pain usually on one side
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Visual disturbances

Migraines can be very difficult to care for, leaving doctors and patients both frustrated and searching for answers. Each migraine is as unique as the person coping with it. Those in the medical field often cannot agree on how best to care for this painful condition. This leaves patients hoping for alternative ways to help their pain.

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How Muscles Impact Migraines

When looking at migraines, one area that seems to be overlooked, according to a doctor from Tufts University, is how the muscular structure of the neck influences migraines. If your muscles become tensed up, it may lead to dilation of the blood vessels, a reason for migraines to occur. This doctor recommends using Botox in order to shut down the muscles of the neck. This has been seen to give some relief, but it is temporary at best. A much better approach is to address the underlying cause of the muscle tension. But what is it?

Natural Relief for Migraines

Most people are trending toward more natural care for their migraines. Here at Mountain State Wellness in Morgantown, West Virginia, we understand the way that muscle tension affects the blood vessels in the brain. Our focus is on making sure the top bone of the neck is in proper alignment. A misalignment here affects the muscles of the entire neck, even causing one side of the neck to be tighter than the other. Using a gentle method, we help realign the atlas bone, helping our patients with migraines get some well-needed relief.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

An Alternative Look at Sciatica Relief in Morgantown, WV

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Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief, Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefThe term sciatic describes a set of symptoms that can include lower back pain, hip pain, burning or tingling down the leg, and weakness in the leg.  Sciatica typically only affects one side of the lower body.  To understand sciatica, we need to look at how the sciatic nerve is formed and its course in the body.

The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body.  It is made up of the nerve roots that branch off of the spinal cord in the lower back.  The sciatic nerve can become irritated for several reasons, including narrowing of the lumbar spinal canal, lumbar disc degeneration, muscle spasm in the lower back or buttocks, and irritation due to pregnancy.

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Sciatica Can Be Related to Atlas Misalignment

While this may not be the first thought that comes to mind, many cases of sciatica may start as a result of a spinal misalignment that happens at the very top of the neck.  Your atlas (C1) vertebra bears the weight of the head, and also has the greatest range of motion of any other bone in the spine.  Because of how freely movable it is, it is particularly prone to misaligning.  When this happens and the weight of the head is carried off-center, it forces the entire spine to compensate.  This results in shoulders and hips that are uneven, which leads to abnormal muscle tension and unequal weight bearing from left to right.  Over time, this can cause significant strain on the vertebrae and discs in the lower back, which can aggravate the sciatic nerve.

In order to address the cause of the sciatica, it is necessary to begin where the problem started – at the top of the neck.  By doing so, we are not merely chasing around symptoms.  We are looking to accomplish lasting results by getting to the root cause of the issue.  At Mountain State Wellness, we use an approach to upper cervical chiropractic care that is very gentle and effective.  Once we are able to correct the position of the atlas, the compensations throughout the rest of the spine can clear up naturally, leading to relief that is more than just temporary.

 

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sciatica/basics/definition/con-20026478

 

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If you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

What Research Reveals About the Root Cause of Migraines

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines remain a bit of a mystery among medical professionals. As one doctor put it: “They aren’t supposed to happen.” However, research is helping to reveal what is to blame for causing migraines. A connection has been seen between migraines and improper communication between the brain and body.

The brainstem is the communication superhighway of the body. Therefore, it would make sense that it may not be functioning at its best if migraines occur. A misalignment in the bones of the upper neck – the upper cervical spine – can stress the brainstem and hinder signals coming from it, leading to an improper flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood.

The Research About Migraines

Studies observed 2 people who suffered from migraines due to previous whiplash injuries. They went through some testing involving an upright MRI machine, and it was revealed they both had a misaligned atlas bone (the top bone of the neck). It was also discovered they had a decreased flow of cerebrospinal fluid flow due to the pressure the misalignment was exerting on the brainstem.

Each patient got an adjustment from an upper cervical chiropractor to correct the atlas misalignment. Upon the next scan, it was reported that the cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow were back in normal ranges. This was after just one adjustment. The patients said their migraines were now gone.

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More research has been observed that reveals this type of misalignment also creates an interference in the spinal column leading to such things as:

  • Intracranial pressure headaches
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Neck pain

Upper Cervical Care for Migraines

Mountain State Wellness in Morgantown, West Virginia, offers a gentle, effective method to help realign the atlas. We do not pop or force the spine, but the method used allows the bones to move naturally back into place, thereby restoring cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow to the brain. This is often all that is needed to see fewer migraines. Some people see them go away and not return.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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If you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Try These Sciatica Remedies Before Popping a Pill

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Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief, Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefSciatica can result in debilitating pain that springs from an irritation of the sciatic nerve. Because this nerve is so large, symptoms can vary based on the location of the pressure. For example, one person may experience pain and numbness in the hip area while another may suffer a pins and needles feeling down one entire leg.

Oftentimes, medical professionals prescribe pain medication and just encourage patients to wait out the discomfort. However, if the underlying issue is not corrected, it is likely that sciatic pain will flare up again. Here are a few natural remedies for sciatica that are drug-free.

Natural Sciatica Options

We’re going to focus on 3 options for natural relief of sciatica.

Ice – Inflammation can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Ice helps to reduce swelling and may, therefore, relieve some of the pain. While this does not resolve the underlying problem, it can provide temporary relief without pills or side effects.

Acupuncture – Many patients have been able to get some relief using this ancient Eastern medical technique. However, some squirm at the idea of having a bunch of tiny needles shoved under their skin. Also, insurance doesn’t always cover an alternative therapy like this. Therefore, many seek other options.

Chiropractic – Numerous studies back up the benefits of chiropractic for sciatica, even over other physical techniques such as physical therapy. However, you may be reluctant to have your hips or back twisted or jolted in an effort to realign the spine. If that is the case for you, then I would like to introduce you to a far gentler technique.
To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and lower back pain and sciatica download our complimentary e-book

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Using a low force correct that does not involve “popping” or “cracking,” upper cervical chiropractic restores neck alignment gently. This, in turn, brings the rest of the spine into proper alignment. It is a long-lasting adjustment, and because it gets to the root problem area, pain is often relieved on a more long-term basis than just adjusting the part of the back where symptoms appear. That also means fewer visits and less expense.

If you are looking for drug-free sciatica help, upper cervical chiropractic is a cost-effective solution.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Try These Sciatica Remedies Before Popping a Pill

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Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief, Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefSciatica can result in debilitating pain that springs from an irritation of the sciatic nerve. Because this nerve is so large, symptoms can vary based on the location of the pressure. For example, one person may experience pain and numbness in the hip area while another may suffer a pins and needles feeling down one entire leg.

Oftentimes, medical professionals prescribe pain medication and just encourage patients to wait out the discomfort. However, if the underlying issue is not corrected, it is likely that sciatic pain will flare up again. Here are a few natural remedies for sciatica that are drug-free.

Natural Sciatica Options

We’re going to focus on 3 options for natural relief of sciatica.

Ice – Inflammation can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Ice helps to reduce swelling and may, therefore, relieve some of the pain. While this does not resolve the underlying problem, it can provide temporary relief without pills or side effects.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and lower back pain and sciatica download our complimentary e-book

Free Back Pain Relief eBook
Acupuncture – Many patients have been able to get some relief using this ancient Eastern medical technique. However, some squirm at the idea of having a bunch of tiny needles shoved under their skin. Also, insurance doesn’t always cover an alternative therapy like this. Therefore, many seek other options.

Chiropractic – Numerous studies back up the benefits of chiropractic for sciatica, even over other physical techniques such as physical therapy. However, you may be reluctant to have your hips or back twisted or jolted in an effort to realign the spine. If that is the case for you, then I would like to introduce you to a far gentler technique.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Using a low force correct that does not involve “popping” or “cracking,” upper cervical chiropractic restores neck alignment gently. This, in turn, brings the rest of the spine into proper alignment. It is a long-lasting adjustment, and because it gets to the root problem area, pain is often relieved on a more long-term basis than just adjusting the part of the back where symptoms appear. That also means fewer visits and less expense.

If you are looking for drug-free sciatica help, upper cervical chiropractic is a cost-effective solution.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Migralepsy—How Migraines Can Be Related to Epilepsy

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines are a debilitating condition that leaves the sufferer weak and exhausted. In rare cases, they may be followed by an epileptic seizure. This is referred to as migralepsy. There is much uncertainty about whether a migraine is a trigger for the seizure or the seizure brings about a migraine. Here is a list of common symptoms that accompany an attack of migralepsy:

  • Convulsions
  • Blindness
  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Flashes of light

Migralepsy is a neurological issue, and the side effects that happen afterward are very similar to an aura that can occur before a migraine. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to determine whether one is suffering from a seizure or a migraine.  A migraine is also neurological in nature and has head pain as one of its major symptoms. A person may actually be experiencing what is called an occipital seizure. This would be in line with another symptom of a migraine—visual disturbances. An occipital seizure originates in the occipital lobe of the brain causing issues with the way a person sees.
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Is There Hope for Those Dealing with Migralepsy?

If one experiences occipital seizures, migraines, migralepsy, or epilepsy, the good news is that there is help available. Finding a professional who understands how the body functions and how to help a person having these problems is of vital importance. At Mountain State Wellness, we understand the link between the proper alignment of the upper cervical spine and the elimination of many neurological symptoms.

It only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter to put enough pressure on the brainstem so that it does not send proper signals to the brain and body. Using a gentle method, we are able to move the bones back into normal position and restore the communication issues in the body. This often helps conditions like migraines and epilepsy. It may even help them to go away completely. To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Looking for Back Pain Relief? Medication May Not Be the Answer

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Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief, Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefBack pain is something that nearly everyone will experience at some point in life.  From picking up your children to poor posture behind your desk at work, back pain can range from just a dull ache to sharp, severe pain.  Up until recently, the prevailing thought was to reach for some over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.  However, new research suggests that there is no significant relief to be gained from those drugs and that the risks associated with NSAIDs may not be worth the small benefit they might provide.

In the study, data on over 6,000 patients with back pain were analyzed, and it was found that only one out of every six patients reported a clinically significant decrease in their pain after two weeks of NSAID use.  This was determined to be no better than the results of using a placebo, but the NSAIDs came along with risks of developing gastrointestinal bleeding and cardiovascular problems.

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Addressing Back Pain Without the Risk

Many causes of back pain are spinal in origin.  The spine is a complex network of vertebrae, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that all work together to keep things functioning properly.  A normally working spine allows us to go about our daily activities comfortably, whether they involve sitting, standing, walking, participating in sports, or anything in between.

When back pain arises and doesn’t resolve within a few days, then there’s a good possibility that the spine is not doing its job as it should.  The spine houses and protects the delicate tissues of our brainstem and spinal cord.  When vertebrae shift away from their normal alignment, it can put pressure on these nerves and cause muscle spasm, postural distortions, abnormal sensations, and more.  

Many spinal issues begin when the atlas, the topmost vertebra in the spine, misaligns.  Like a chain of dominoes, the spine must twist and turn to compensate for the fact that our head is not being carried in a neutral position.  This can manifest as mid-back pain, low back pain, sciatic nerve pain, and even problems with the knees.

Correcting the atlas gently and specifically is our focus at Mountain State Wellness.  When the atlas is restored to its normal position, the rest of the spine can relax and realign. Upper cervical chiropractic is a natural way to address ongoing episodes of back pain, without the risks associated with medication use.
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Coping with Migraines the Natural Way

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefWhether a person has had one or more than one migraine, he or she might live in dread of when the next one may hit. Migraines are a very common problem, affecting nearly half of all adults. The exact cause of migraines has not been discovered, making diagnosing the condition quite difficult. This leaves sufferers unable to know how best to deal with their pain.

Although why migraines occur remains a mystery, one thing that is known is that there is a link between them and a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. The brainstem is located in the area of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. These bones have the job of protecting the brainstem. However, if they become misaligned due to trauma to the head or neck, they can actually place stress or pressure on the brainstem causing it to malfunction. Blood flow to and from the brain may be compromised leading to a reduction in oxygen levels in the brain. Communication is also hindered. This is often the underlying cause of migraines and other serious health problems. Is there anything that can be done or does one just have to cope with the debilitating pain of migraines?

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book by clicking the image below.

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A Natural Solution for Migraines in Morgantown, West Virginia

One area that has seen much success in caring for migraines is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. Here at Mountain State Wellness, we focus on making sure the C1 and C2 are in proper alignment. We use specific x-rays to determine exactly where the problem lies. We can then develop a care plan with each patient that allows us to work at realigning the bones.

The method we use, NUCCA, is very gentle and does not require popping or forcing the spine into place. Rather, a low force correction to a specific area of the neck is all that is needed to encourage the bones to move back into their original position. Many patients, including those in case studies, have reported seeing a huge improvement in migraine pain after just one or two visits.
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Sciatica and Your Spine

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Lower Back Pain, Lower Back, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, Tingling, Sciatica Pain Relief, Sciatica, injury, back injury, work injury, Disc Herniation, Disc Herniation Relief Posture, Proper Posture, Back Pain, Back Pain Relief, Back Ache, Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain ReliefBack pain is an almost ubiquitous condition.  Across the United States, more than 3 million visits per year to the emergency department are because of back pain.  When the pain in your low back begins to radiate through the hip and buttock down the back of the leg to the calf, it is affecting your sciatic nerve.

Your sciatic nerve is the largest in your body.  It starts in the lower back, formed from nerves branching off of the spinal cord, then travels through the pelvis, buttock and down each leg.  There can be many things that cause sciatica, and there are several things that might aggravate the condition, such as:

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Sneezing or coughing
  • Walking

Since your sciatic nerve and all nerves in your body, for that matter, originate from the spine, looking at the spine for a solution to the problem only makes sense.

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How Is My Neck Connected to My Sciatica?

The vertebrae of your spine not only give you the stability that allows us to be upright and go about our day to day activities, but they also provide a tough layer of protection for the spinal cord.  The job of the spinal cord, and all of the nerves branching off of it, is to send signals to and from the brain.  When the topmost vertebra in your neck, the atlas, misaligns it can distort those signals.  This can lead to imbalances in your posture, muscle spasms, and pain.  These imbalances can cause unequal tension on one side of your body, causing compensations throughout your shoulders and hips.  One leg might draw up shorter than the other because of that, ultimately leading to low back pain and sciatica.

At Mountain State Wellness, we want to get to the root cause of your low back pain and sciatica, not just chase around the symptoms.  We use the NUCCA technique to address atlas misalignments that may be contributing to your condition.  This is a gentle, specific type of upper cervical chiropractic that realigns the atlas so that the imbalances throughout your spine can return to normal.  Proper atlas alignment is key in order to have good brain-body communication and optimal healing potential.  
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