The course of the sciatic nerve explains the pattern of pain for sciatica sufferers. The sciatic nerve forms in the lower back and its branches extend down through the buttock and hip, then down the back of the leg into the ankle and foot on each side. When the nerve is affected, pain can be experienced anywhere along this pathway.
Upper Cervical Care for Sciatica Sufferers
More people are turning to more conservative care options for back pain and sciatica before going down the path of medications, injections, or even surgical intervention. Upper cervical care is a terrific option for people suffering with sciatica because it targets the root cause of many spinal issues. The vertebra that sits at the very top of your spine, the atlas, plays a large role in how the rest of the spine functions. Your atlas bone supports the weight of your head, and it also protects the brainstem (a critical part of your central nervous system). When the atlas bone misaligns, which can happen from injury or wear and tear, it can cause a chain reaction of compensations to occur. This can cause your head to tilt, your shoulders and hips to be uneven, and can lead to postural changes and muscle spasm. These compensations can irritate the sciatic nerve, causing pain that radiates down through the buttocks, hip, thigh and calf.
What it takes to correct the problem is addressing the root cause. Upper cervical chiropractic adjustments target the primary cause of the problem rather than chasing around symptoms. Once normal alignment is achieved, the rest of the body can begin to come into balance again naturally. This can provide some much needed relief for people suffering with low back pain and sciatica.
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