How ABC can help sciatica and disc injury

Sciatica is the term used to describe shooting pain down the back of the leg. It is related to irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the low back down the back side, into the leg and foot. There are many reasons why the sciatic nerve becomes irritated and for those who have experienced this type of pain know how debilitating it can be. The most common reason for compression of the sciatic nerve coming from the spine is due to disc injury. Other terms used to describe damage to an intervertebral disc are disc bulge, disc protrusion, and disc herniation. Essentially all these terms describe the outward bulging of disc material which can compress and interfere with nerve function. Sciatica often presents as intense low back pain or pain deep in the glutes with a referred shooting pain down the back of the leg. There can be symptoms such as pins and needles or numbness and tingling into the leg and foot.

Common causes of sciatica and disc injury involve:

bending and lifting poorly

sitting for long periods in a bad position

poor posture

trauma

repetitive movements performed poorly

underlying pathology

Almost all cases of sciatica or disc injury are related to mechanical dysfunction. This can be described as poor alignment of bones in the spine which alter mechanical pressures on discs, nerves, and muscles, resulting in pain and loss of normal body function. Loss of normal structural alignment is reflected in posture, and when posture is poor there can be increased stretch on nerves and also altered forces on discs which in time can lead to weakening of the disc structure and thus bulging or herniation of disc material. Disc injuries themselves often aren’t painful however disc material can take up space and press on surrounding tissues such as nerves, which can lead to many problems.

TREAT THE PAIN AND SYMPTOMS or CORRECT THE CAUSE?

There are two ways people look to help sciatica and disc injuries:

  1. TREAT THE PAIN AND SYMPTOMS:

Medication is often a ‘quick fix’ method for helping sciatica, along with many other therapies that solely focus reducing the symptoms. While this may help remove the immediate pain, it is a short-term solution and does not correct the underlying cause of the problem, your spinal alignment. The problem is likely to return. Pain treatment, without ever addressing the root cause of sciatica, can result in an ongoing and increasing need for medication. As you age, mobility can be severely impacted, and ongoing sciatica can decrease quality of life.

  1. CORRECT THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM:

Imagine being able to identify the cause of your sciatica and resolving that issue! Treatment through ABC Chiropractic care, through real and immediate correction of the body structure results in improved spinal alignment and posture. Over time this process will both improve the symptoms and lead to long term resolution of the structural cause of sciatica.

HOW ADVANCED BIO-STRUCTURAL CORRECTION HELPS SCIATICA:

Our chiropractic method, Advanced Bio-Structural Correction (ABC) is a hands on therapy that corrects spinal alignment and posture. ABC is a therapy that looks at the body as a whole and not just individual parts operating separately from each other. By acknowledging that the body is a single, whole functioning unit, we can get to the root of your body issues and truly correct them while preventing issues from developing in the future. Correcting your structural alignment from top to bottom takes pressure off the muscles, ligaments, discs, and nerves in your back. Removing these pressures helps the body to heal naturally.

ABC consists broadly of manoeuvres such as spinal stretches, hands on adjustments of the spine, ribs, and lower extremities which result in consistent and predictable results including postural correction.

Correcting your spinal alignment with Advanced Bio-Structural Correction helps you get real and immediate relief from back pain, as well as preventing the problem from returning in the future. In short, ABC is a holistic healthcare system aimed at not only improving symptoms but helping bodies to function and feel their best. By improving posture through this therapy, one will notice ease in breathing, clarity in the head, and often a sense of ease and health in the body.

NERVOUS SYSTEM:

The nervous system is our communication pathway between our body and brain. It helps to regulate and control every action in our body. It is extremely important that our nervous system is working at its optimum if we want to function well and live a healthy life. As our structural system (mostly skull and spine) encloses and protects our nervous system, it can have a direct influence on how well our brain, spinal cord and its peripheral nerves are functioning. If the alignment of the bones in our structural system, especially our spine start to lose their ideal shape or become dysfunctional it can impact the nervous system adversely. By improving spinal alignment, posture pressure and tension can come off your nervous system. In turn, this helps your body to function and feel its best while reducing the likelihood of encountering injuries and greater problems in the future.