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Sciatica Fitness and Chiropractic A Win-Win!

Because sciatica is an inflammatory condition, with the sciatic nerve specifically being the target, sciatica fitness and exercise is one of the first recommendations from chiropractors. Sciatica is a series of symptoms from a variety of underlying medical causes and condition/s. This could be:Too much sitting, which most of us are doing these daysWork injuriesAutomobile accident injuriesSports injuriesAwkward movements/motions that pulled the sciatic nerve in the wrong directionTwisted sciatic nerve with other musclesBack and leg muscle spasmsHerniated discDegenerative disc diseaseHernia A Proper/Correct Diagnosis Is EssentialA correct diagnosis of the cause is essential to help the chiropractor formulate a customized optimal treatment plan. Individuals can experience the same symptoms across the board, however, despite the similarities, sciatica requires a careful, customized precision approach to treatment. An ideal treatment plan often requires a very specific exercise regimen and …

Chiropractic Hip Realignment for Imbalanced Hips

The number of individuals experiencing hip along with back pain is increasing and could benefit from chiropractic hip realignment. Chiropractic treatment is the recommended first-line option for hip pain and other issues related to misaligned hips. It is non-invasive and allows the body to heal naturally. Shifted HipsHips that fall out of proper alignment have the potential to cause a variety of health issues in the body. The hips support a great deal of the body’s weight and facilitate substantial movement. The hips need to be properly balanced to allow for optimal mobility without compensation from the lower back and legs. A shift in the hips can occur from:A sedentary lifestyle can cause anterior pelvic shiftsRepetitive/Overuse injury/sSports injury/sWork/Personal injuriesArthritisOsteoporosisPinched nerve/sTrauma Shifted hips can cause pain in the low back, hips, and legs. This occurs from an altered gait and range of motion in this region. However, the hip joints, pelvic bones, mus…

Understanding Inflammation & Immune Dysfunction Part 2

Inflammation is the human body's natural response to protect itself against injury, infection, and illness. Trauma, exposure to foods (poor diet), microbes, and/or toxins, can commonly cause inflammation. Chronic inflammation can happen due to continued exposure to a trigger, such as when an injury hasn't healed yet or when a person has unknown food intolerances, and due to immune system dysfunction. According to healthcare professionals, most chronic health issues are associated with chronic inflammation. Avoiding exposure to triggers and regulating inflammatory mediators released by the immune system with nutrition and physical activity can ultimately help reduce inflammation. In part 2 of the following series of articles, we will discuss eicosanoids as inflammatory mediators.What are Inflammatory Mediators?An inflammatory mediator is a messenger that acts on blood vessels and/or cells to promote an inflammatory response. Several well-known locally acting inflammatory mediat…

Seasonal Affective Disorder Depression, and Back Pain

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that has to do with the changing of the seasons, specifically when fall begins to. It affects around 10 million Americans during the fall and winter seasons. Back pain can be a symptom of the disorder. For most individuals, the condition follows a pattern:It starts with lethargy or lack of energyCraving carbohydrates Heavy low moodThese are typical symptoms for many dealing with the condition. The individual can experience aches and pains throughout the body, but especially the back. Recent studies have shown how various forms of depression, like Seasonal Affective Disorder, can present with pain, specifically back/spinal pain. Many individuals play it off as the blues, but research has found, depression can have a much more significant impact on an individual's quality of life. The exact cause is still unknown. But research is finding a connection related to the level of sunlight an individual receives throughout the day. Researc…

Understanding Inflammation & Immune Dysfunction Part 1

Inflammation is the human body's natural response to protect itself against injury, infection, and illness. Trauma, exposure to foods (poor diet), microbes, and/or toxins, can commonly cause inflammation. Chronic inflammation can happen due to continued exposure to a trigger, such as when an injury hasn't healed yet or when a person has unknown food intolerances, and due to immune system dysfunction. According to healthcare professionals, most chronic health issues are associated with chronic inflammation. Avoiding exposure to triggers and regulating inflammatory mediators released by the immune system with nutrition and physical activity can ultimately help reduce inflammation. In part 1 of the following series of articles, we will discuss inflammation and immune dysfunction.What are the Symptoms of Inflammation?swellingrednessheatpainloss of functionWhat are the Common Triggers of Inflammation?Trauma (mechanical, thermal, chemical, etc.)Pathogenic microbesCellular debris (mi…

Sciatica or Osteonecrosis of Femoral Head? A Common Misdiagnosis

Osteonecrosis is a condition that causes the death of bone tissue from temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to the affected area. It is commonly known asAvascular necrosis and can lead to miniature/tiny breaks in the bone and the bone/s eventually collapsing. Specifically, it affects the upper part of the femur or femoral head and surrounding joints. It can occur in any bone however, osteonecrosis typically affects the hip/s. Pain associated with osteonecrosis of the hip can be localized to the center of the groin, thigh, or buttock. Because of the hip joint's close proximity to the sciatic nerve, misdiagnosis for sciatica is common. Mimicking Sciatica SymptomsUnfortunately, many health care providers can misdiagnose osteonecrosis hip pain as sciatica. Whatever the cause of the hip injury, most individuals with hip pathology report pain in the groin, upper thigh, and buttocks.That is why a trained medical professional that knows the differences in the symptoms of each conditi…

Chiropractic Spinal Mobilization Manipulation Techniques and Sciatica

Chiropractic spinal mobilization techniques involve the slow and steady movements of the spine's joints reestablishing their range of motion. Because it is a slower treatment style the techniques are done with the hands. However, a chiropractor can use various instruments/tools as well.Spinal mobilization treatment has the same focus as spinal manipulation. To get the body back to optimal health and allow the body to heal itself naturally. However, there can be a variety of reasons for utilizing spinal stabilization, with treatment depending on the patient's needs, if there are underlying conditions, or previous injury/s, and individual preference.Some prefer mobilization because it is gentler and does not generate the pops or cracking sounds. And the chiropractor's style/specialization comes into play. Some work in the firm manipulation high-velocity style, while others utilize the softer mobilization style and others work in combination. Manipulation High-Velocity Low-Amp…

Chiropractic Techniques: Spinal Manipulation

There is a multitude of chiropractic techniques for spinal alignment. They are used by chiropractors all over the world. All chiropractors have their favorite and specific techniques that they utilize. Depending on how long they have been practicing they can have five to ten different approaches or more refined techniques from years of experience.The focus of these chiropractic techniques is to get the body back to optimal health and allow the body to heal itself naturally. As the body gets restored joint function is enhanced, muscle tension is released, and inflammation and pain are alleviated. Various approaches use a form of force, hence the manipulation of the spine. The chiropractic adjustment technique that is the most common is spinal manipulation. It can also be called the diversified technique or HVLA - high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust.However, chiropractic techniques are continually evolving. This comes from creating variations on existing techniques, a combination of tech…

Belly Dancing Can Help Ease and Reduce Back Pain

Belly dancing has been found to be an effective way to help individuals managing low back pain. It could be utilized as a part of a chiropractic treatment plan. The dancing is beneficial for improving posture and allows an individual to improve their fitness with a light form of aerobic exercise. Regular physical activity/exercise and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. For individuals with spinal issues, the right stretches and exercises can make a difference in their quality of life. It increases:StrengthFlexibilityHelps with pain managementImproves postureMaintains spinal alignmentBelly dancing can help with injury recovery, as well as overall health. For most the trouble with exercising regularly is that it becomes routine and boring. Individuals want to live healthily, but it can be a challenge to maintain interest and motivation. An alternative form of physical activity that qualifies as exercise could be the answer.Dancing has grown in popularity because of its fitness, flexibi…

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