Lower back pain is extremely common, and it makes sense as to why – the vertebrae in the lower back carry the brunt of our weight thanks to gravity. While it’s common to experience some lower back pain or soreness after heavy lifting or sitting for an extended period of time, the pain sometimes becomes a chronic issue. For some, the pain will radiate along the sciatic nerve, which travels from the lower back to the buttocks and down the leg. This pain can be extremely debilitating and can affect a person’s ability to do even the simplest of daily tasks, like taking a shower.
Many people know that chiropractors can help with lower back pain. In our office, we take a different approach to lower back and sciatic nerve pain that has helped our patients to achieve lasting relief. While on the surface, it may seem odd that your neck may be related to your lower back pain or sciatica, in reality, the connection is very real. Because of the shape and biomechanics of the atlas vertebra, the topmost vertebra in the spine, it is extremely likely to shift out of position following an accident, injury, or just daily repetitive movements. When this occurs, it places tension along the length of the spinal cord. This causes compensations throughout the spine, leading to muscle spasms, pain, and postural distortions. When muscle tension occurs asymmetrically on one side of the body, this can cause one hip to be elevated, leading to a shortened leg on that side. These imbalances can place great stress and strain on the lower back and sciatic nerve.
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At Mountain State Wellness, we look very carefully at atlas misalignment as the keystone to the entire spine. When the atlas is off, the rest of the spine follow suit. This is how we are able to accomplish lasting results for our patients with lower back pain and sciatica. Upper cervical chiropractic is highly specific and extremely gentle. Our adjustments are customized for each individual patient and are designed to hold in place for maximum healing. If a general chiropractic approach hasn’t worked, or if you’re tired of treating your lower back pain with medications, then upper cervical chiropractic may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
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