What causes sciatica?

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Sciatica literally means ‘leg pain’ and many of our clients seek our help because of its disabling effects.

Think of a hosepipe that has a pinch which is preventing the water flow. The symptom is that water is not coming out of the tip, but the pinch could be anywhere along the length of the pipe.

The pipe in your case is a series of nerves (usually the sciatic nerve) which exit the spine at the level of your lower back and go down your leg to your foot. The pinch is an obstruction somewhere along the nerve – like the bulging disc shown in the picture. The effect is felt in your leg.

Usually, people think the problem is coming from the lower back but, this is not always the case. As mentioned above, the pinch could be anywhere along its length. It is usually pinched at the point of exit from the spine or as it passes between muscles. When this happens, the ‘flow’ in the nerve is blocked. This causes a problem in receiving information (in the brain) and sending information out to the muscles (and other structures). The most common symptoms are burning pain, shooting pain, weakness, numbness, and pins and needles.

A GP will typically give you drugs for the symptoms (the pain) but this does not tackle the problem.

A good therapist will treat the site of the pinching which will often be a tight muscle, a bulging disc or arthritis. But this only sometimes provides relief, often it does not and sometimes makes the problem worse. There must be something missing…

We have found another mechanism which greatly contributes to the problem that is being overlooked by almost all health professionals. Research done by a surgeon called Alf Brieg has shown that nerves stretch like an elastic band when the body moves. If your posture is poor, your body can find itself in a position where there is a lot of near continuous stretching occurring on the spinal cord and nerves. This, in turn, pulls the nerves around a disc prolapse into the bulge, greatly increasing the amount of pinching that happens. The stretch can also mimic pinching as the nerve gets thinner as it stretches (think of that elastic band again.)

This combination of stretching and pinching both need to be addressed to improve the condition. We have also shown that disc prolapses heal when the stress at the point is reduced. Advanced BioStructural Correction seems to be able to correct all of this since correcting the alignment of the bones in the body, corrects your posture and returns stresses to normal.

So, what we do is improve your posture, to give all your nerves slack.

When your nerves have slack (like they are meant to), bulging discs, etc do not pinch as much, meaning rapid symptom relief. This process works for pinched nerves in the neck as well – which usually make your arm and hands hurt, go numb and weak.

Improving your posture, also means that we will be helping muscle ache/tightness, disc health, balance, strength, mobility and flexibility at the same time – win win! 

Did you know that the area that creates the most nerve tension is at the top of your neck – that’s nowhere near your leg! This is why a doctor may perform a test called “slump test” to assess this tension. We find that when we correct the posture at the base of your neck and between your shoulders, pain relief can be experienced almost immediately. It can take longer if there is severe stretching, scar tissue or disc/arthritic damage. So, remember that everything is connected and to find the truth you always must dig a little deeper.

Our method means that it is very rare that you would need to go for an injection or surgery.

We are the chiropractor Birmingham alternative you have been looking for. Get in touch with us today to see how we could transform your life too.

Advanced BioStructural Correction – Birmingham.

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