Chiropractic for back pain, hernia en sciatica
Causes and treatment of lower back pain with chiropractic
Lower back issues can cause a variety of symptoms. Sharp pain, radiating symptoms in the buttocks or legs, numbness and tingling, stiffness and more. What all of the above have in common is that they usually stem from a problem with how the joints in the pelvis and lower back joints or vertebrae move.
Muscle pain, of course, is also a common problem, but it is usually a symptom. When one or more joints become stuck, the surrounding joints and muscles have to compensate, causing inflammation, pain and stiffness.
Relaxing and strengthening the muscles will help, but as long as the base of the spine, the joints, are stuck, the problem will keep coming back.
A hernia is damage to the discs, cushions, that are located in between each of the vertebrae in the spine. Hernias can heal, but the important part is to find out why it happened in the first place, and to correct the issue accordingly.
Usually, herniated discs are caused by an imbalance in your spine, which leads to overuse of the disc, which then slowly degenerates before suddenly rupturing.
Chiropractic treatments can help correct that imbalance, help you heal faster and prevent the problem from recurring.
Pelvic instability is often caused by a combination of dysfunctional joints in the lower back, pelvis and hips, as well as weakness in specific postural muscles.
Chiropractic care can help restore normal movement to the parts of the spine and pelvis that are causing problems, and can prescribe specific exercises to help rebalance and stabilize your body.
Sciatica in itself is not a diagnosis. It is a symptom of pain, numbness or tingling that radiates into the buttocks or legs.
Those radiating symptoms are caused by a nerve being compressed, usually in the lower back joints, sacroiliac joints or sometimes under the piriformis muscle.
To relieve sciatica, the cause of the nerve compression must be removed, which can often be done through specific chiropractic treatments.
How can chiropractic help with back pain?
All 4 aspects need to be corrected to improve in the long run:
Issues with the movement of joints, in the spine, pelvis and the rest of the skeletal system are correct through chiropractic adjustments. The number of treatments needed is determined by how severe the imbalances in your posture are, and how quick your body can improve and adapt
The chiropractor will prescribe specific exercises to strengthen the major postural muscles, this helps relieve stress on the joints
Treatments will also focus on relaxing tight muscles, exercises at home will also sometimes be recommended to further relax and loosen them
The chiropractor can also talk about your postural habits and make recommendations to reduce the stress on your muscles and joints
Do you suffer from back pain, a hernia or sciatica yourself or do you know someone who does? Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a question or to make an appointment!