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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.

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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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 un  able 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?

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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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How Headaches Can Result from Whiplash Injuries

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefIf you are suffering from headaches, one important factor in finding relief is considering how the headaches began. For example, you may have a history of head or neck trauma involving a whiplash-type injury. As a result, chronic headaches can set in. How does whiplash occur?

Causes of Whiplash Injuries that May Lead to Headaches

Any time the head is slung forward and backward or side to side too quickly, whiplash can occur. The head does not need to be struck. If the head moves fast enough for the brain to hit the skull, a concussion can also result. Thus, any whiplash injury may also have caused a concussion.

The following are common causes of whiplash:

  • Car accident
  • Sports injury
  • Being struck on the head
  • Domestic abuse
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Work injury
  • Roller coasters

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What Causes the Headaches?

Why do many people begin to suffer from headaches after a neck injury? The problem often begins with a misalignment of the top bones of the neck, the C1 and C2 vertebrae. An upper cervical evaluation can quickly reveal if such a misalignment has occurred.

 

Even a 0.25mm misalignment of these bones can result in complications such as reduced blood flow to the brain, pooling cerebrospinal fluid, or pressure on the brainstem. Any of these issues can result in headaches. Thus, correcting the misalignment may be the first step in finding long-term headache relief.
If you are experiencing headaches following a whiplash-type injury such as those noted above, come see us at Mountain State Wellness for an evaluation. We use a gentle method called NUCCA to identify and correct misalignments of the C1 and C2. Many patients find that headache severity and frequency is dramatically reduced by upper cervical chiropractic care. Some have even seen a complete resolution of headaches. Check out our testimonials page to see real life examples.
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Common Causes of Low Back Pain 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,If you are dealing with low back pain, you’re in good company.  Approximately 80% of adults will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.  Low back pain is the most common reason for missed work days as well as injuries sustained on the job.  It’s a condition that doesn’t discriminate either, with men and women equally as likely to develop it.

Where does this pain come from?  There are a few likely sources – some that are faster to heal, and some that are chronic degenerative conditions:

  1. Muscle strain or ligament sprain – These injuries are often due to overuse or improper lifting technique
  2. Osteoarthritis – Degeneration of the discs and joints of the spine
  3. Compression of discs – This can lead to loss of normal disc height which can put pressure on the spinal cord or delicate nerve roots
  4. Scoliosis – Low back pain may result from a significant curvature of the spine

When looking for treatment options, it’s important to consider the spine as a whole.  In order to properly rid yourself of low back pain, you need to pinpoint the root cause of the condition.

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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Your Neck Is Connected to Your Low Back

In many cases, the cause of lower back pain can be traced up to the top of the spine—the neck.  While this might seem strange at first, the entire spine is connected and works together to protect your spinal cord.  When the uppermost vertebra in the neck, your atlas, is out of alignment, it creates abnormal spinal cord tension which leads to a disturbance of signals being sent between the brain and body over the nerves.  The misalignment of the atlas can cause lower back pain because it causes abnormal muscle tension on one side of the body.  When the head is tilted, it causes the shoulders and hips to become unlevel, which can easily trigger low back pain and discomfort.

In a case such as this, treatments to the lower back might provide some temporary relief.  However, since the real source of the problem is coming from the upper neck, that is what needs to be corrected in order to realize a more permanent solution.  At Mountain State Wellness, we are focused on finding the root cause of the problem, which is the way to obtain lasting results.  Our upper cervical approach is extremely precise and gentle and can lead to the resolution of chronic low back pain.

References:

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.htm

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Is It a Headache or a Migraine?

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefThere is a definite difference between migraine headaches and other headache types. Here is a list of symptoms that define a migraine headache versus a non-migraine headache:

  • Migraines are chronic and occur more often that other headache types.
  • Migraines are linked to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other psychological conditions.
  • Migraine symptoms can be triggered up to 24 hours before the onset. Other headache types usually begin shortly after a triggering event occurs
  • Migraines can last a few hours or up to 72 hours. Other types of headaches last no longer than a few hours.
  • Migraines are a neurological disorder, while other headaches happen due to outside factors.
  • Migraines are so severe that most people cannot continue with their daily routine. With other headaches, the majority of people are able to function normally.
  • Before, during, or after a migraine such symptoms as nausea, vomiting, vertigo, and sensitivity to light and sound may occur.

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Where to Find Relief for Headaches

No matter what kind of a headache a person is experiencing, patients all have one thing in common—wanting relief, and wanting it fast. Often medication is taken to alleviate symptoms. While this may work on a temporary basis, it is important to understand that unless the underlying cause of a headache is addressed and corrected, it will continue to return.

A link has been seen between a misalignment in the upper neck and various kinds of headaches. This is due to the fact that the brainstem lies in this general area. Therefore, a misalignment of the top two bones of the neck can put undue pressure on the brainstem causing it no longer to work properly.

The brainstem has the vital job of relaying messages to and from the brain and body. If these messages are hindered, it can affect blood flow, nerve function, and how the central nervous system is working. This leads to headaches and other serious health conditions. Once corrected through a gentle, precise method, people often see their headaches lessen in degree or even go away entirely.

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Top 3 Causes of Sciatica

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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 injuryBurning, lancing, stabbing – these are all ways to describe the terrible pain of sciatica.  Sciatica refers to pain that occurs along the course of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the back of each leg.  In really bad cases, the affected leg might become numb or even weak.

There can be many causes of sciatica, but far and away, the most common three are as follows:

  1. Disc herniation
  2. Osteophytes (bone spurs)
  3. Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

No two sciatica cases are exactly alike.  Walking might give some people relief while sitting is painful, or it can be the complete opposite.  Regardless, if you’ve experienced the pain of sciatica, you’ve found yourself looking for relief.  While medications may take the edge off the pain temporarily, if there’s a spinal issue, the results won’t last.

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Look to the Neck for The Cause of Low Back Pain

The entire spine is connected by a series of joints, discs, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  A problem in one part of the spine will, sooner or later, impact other areas of the spine.  The most common pattern we see is that a misalignment in the upper part of the neck will start a domino effect of compensations throughout the spine and ultimately cause muscle spasm and unequal tension on the lower back.

Many times in our practice, we see patients who have had various types of treatments on the lower back to try and get relief from sciatica.  The one thing that these people have in common is a specific misalignment of the uppermost vertebra in the neck, the atlas.  Because the atlas has the most range of motion of all of the other vertebrae in the spine, it is more vulnerable to misalignment.  This is what sets off the compensation in the lower back, leading to sciatica.  Correcting the atlas is correcting the problem at the root.  Given enough time for the body to heal, maintaining normal atlas alignment can allow for those compensations to clear up naturally, relieving the tension on the lower back and sciatic nerve.  This is what will give you the lasting relief you’ve been looking for.

References:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/musculoskeletal-and-connective-tissue-disorders/neck-and-back-pain/sciatica

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