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Lower Back Pain, Back Pain, Back Ache, Pinched Nerve, Numbness, TinglingYou may wonder how an adjustment to the top bones in the spine can help with your lower back pain. After all, as the name conveys, lower back pain feels like it is coming from the bones near the bottom of the spine. There are several reasons for this phenomenon, however.

Why a Person Feels the Pain Lower in the Back

An upper cervical misalignment causes the spine to leave its normal position. This affects the muscles of the entire back and not just in the neck area. This can cause the pelvic area to shift resulting in one hip being higher than the other and one leg being shorter than the other. As a result, the pain is not only felt in the lower back but generally on one side, perhaps even in one hip.

The problems can continue to progress because once the hips are misaligned and leg length varies, it affects a person’s gait. In turn, a different walk can cause pain in the legs and feet and may cause sprains or knee problems.

How to Heal Lower Back Pain

Anyone can take a pill and feel better for a few hours, but the kinds of bone and musculature issues noted above do not go away simply because ibuprofen or acetaminophen has masked the pain temporarily. The only way to allow the spine to get back to a neutral position is to correct the upper cervical misalignment. That is what we focus on here at Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento.

On our testimonials page, you can read about the example of Nora Sue. She dealt with such bad lower back pain that she had been using a cane for 6 years when she came into our practice. Within 3 months she was walking without it. We want to create that same kind of life-changing result for you.

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Injury, Car Accident, Back Injury, Head Injury, Injuries Sometimes a person doesn’t realize that a minor injury can have a major impact on our body in a number of different areas. A fall, a car accident, or an injury while playing sports can all affect our health. A person may think that it is enough to simply ice the injury, and as soon as the pain goes away all will be well. That is not necessarily the situation.

In some cases, the injury endured does not show up for days, weeks, or even years. And, the pain or problems being experienced may not even be in the area that was injured. What types of problems can occur from an injury?

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What to Do Next?

If a person suspects that he or she may be experiencing pain from a long-ago accident, the first step should be to seek out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. We will be happy to examine your upper cervical spine to see if a misalignment has occurred. This misalignment can definitely cause the above-mentioned problems because it slows down communication between the brain and the body. When signals are distorted, health problems ensue. By means of the gentle, effective techniques NUCCA and QSM3, we have helped many patients to gain their life quality back, free from pain!

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Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve, Back Pain, Back AcheYou feel the aches and pains start and realize that it is going to be impossible to finish your daily routine, let alone your work tasks. Low back pain is the second most common reason Americans visit a physician. A list of common events that cause low back pain include (1) -

- Car accident

- Fall

- Operating heavy, vibrating machinery

- Sitting for long periods of time

- Lifting heavy items (packages, machinery, etc.) and twisting

 

Common approaches to managing low back pain include NSAIDs and/or other pain management medications, physical therapy, and possible surgery. These solutions mask the pain of low back problems but fail to address the underlying cause.

How is my low back pain related to my neck?

Your spinal cord sends signals to and from your brain. Your nerves branch off of your brain and spinal cord. Your spine is designed to protect your vital spinal cord. When the top bone in your spine (atlas) is out of alignment, it creates spinal cord tension. This tension leads to the signals becoming distorted. Improper signals can lead to postural imbalance, pain, and muscle spasms. One of the ways an atlas misalignment can create low back pain is through postural imbalance. Muscle tension can increase on one side of the body, causing one hip to be higher than the other. This causes one leg to be slightly shorter than the other.

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I am trained in QSM3 and NUCCA, two precise chiropractic techniques. Through the use of these approaches, I am able to gently realign the atlas, reducing pressure within the spinal cord. This leads to proper signals being sent to and from the brain, potentially creating balanced posture. Less muscle tension leads to even hips, possibly reducing low back pain symptoms.

Chung et al. described a case study of a 57-year-old man who experienced sciatica down both legs, along with other health issues. After approximately one month of NUCCA care, his sciatica pain reduced by 90%. After 2 months of care, he experienced complete resolution of his sciatica (2).

If you are experiencing low back pain and would like more information on how QSM3 and NUCCA can help, give Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento a call at (916) 965-7155.

References

  1. Hills E. Mechanical Low Back Pain Clinical Presentation: History, Physical [Internet]. Emedicine.medscape.com. 2016 [cited 7 February 2016]. Available from: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/310353-clinical
  1. Chung J, Brown J, Busa J. Resolution of Hypertension Following Reduction of Upper Cervical Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res [Internet]. 2014 [cited 8 February 2016];2014(January):1-6. Available from: http://www.mccoypress.net/juccr/docs/2014-1272_hypertension.pdf

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Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve, Back Pain, Back AcheMany may think of back problems as being something only blue collar workers have to worry about, but that cushy office job can wreak havoc on a person’s back as well. Sitting at a desk for hours on end can have serious consequences.

According to the Bureau of Labor, injuries that affect workers most commonly occur in the shoulder, back, legs, arms, abdomen, and wrist. Many of these injuries are common in offices.

What Causes Injuries in the Workplace?

Falls are one of the most common issues. Falls are most often caused by slippery floors, dim lighting, loose carpeting, or objects on the floor. All of these problems affect offices. Other common injuries come from sitting for long periods of time, using a keyboard all day, and lifting heavy items the wrong way. Here are a few safety measures to keep in mind.

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Upper Cervical Support

Your neck deals with a lot of strain at the office too, especially if your monitor is not right at eye level. An upper cervical chiropractor can help you to ensure that a repetitive motion injury does not occur in your neck. A misalignment of the upper cervical spine can have far reaching effects on the body.

At Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento, we use both the NUCCA technique and QSM3 to diagnose and correct upper cervical misalignments. Whether you spend a lot of time at your desk or have fallen in the workplace, I strongly recommend an examination.

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Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve, Back Pain, Back AcheIt would be very rare to meet an adult who has never had an episode of low back pain.  An unlucky portion of these people may also experience sciatica, which is pain that radiates from the lower back through the hips, buttocks, and leg along the path of the sciatic nerve.  Many times, people turn to medications or other gadgets like support belts and shoe insoles in order to find relief.  By some estimates, people across the U.S. have spent up to $80 in one year for treatment of spinal issues, including lower back pain.

This may come as a surprise, but the pain in your low back may actually be coming from a spinal problem originating in the neck.  Your uppermost two vertebrae in the neck are unique from all of the others.  They are freely movable and do not have interlocking joints like the rest.  This makes them especially prone to misaligning, and when they do, it sets off a cascade of compensations throughout the rest of the spine.  This can not only cause pain and discomfort in the back but also the radiating leg pain of sciatica.  No amount of adjusting to the lower back will provide lasting relief since the main issue is elsewhere in the spine.

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Many people find their way to our Sacramento office with low back pain or sciatica, and we’re glad that they do.   We are able to analyze their posture to understand if there are distortions related to a spinal misalignment.  Realigning the head over the neck and rest of the body restores normal posture, clearing up uneven muscular tension and compensations that were occurring in the low back.  The adjustment itself is extremely gentle, and we always make sure that the proper correction was made for each of our patients.  If you are suffering from lower back pain, Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento may be the solution for you.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sciatica/basics/definition/con-20026478

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/01/11/462366361/forget-the-gizmos-exercise-works-best-for-lower-back-pain

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Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve, Back Pain, Back AcheAre you looking for relief from sciatica? If so, you are not alone. Unfortunately, many look for that relief in a bottle of pain medication. While this may disguise the symptoms temporarily, the pain is still there, waiting for the medication to wear off. Is there a better way?

Upper cervical chiropractors have been trained to treat sciatica at its source. Often, sciatica occurs due to a longstanding misalignment in the upper neck. As the rest of the spine shifts to compensate, pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve. Realignment can help the body to heal.

In the meantime, you may be able to do some stretching exercises to relieve the pain. Consider some of the following techniques, and don’t forget to talk to your upper cervical chiropractor before beginning a new exercise or stretch routine.

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Stretches that Help Sciatica

 

Why Stretch?

Holding stretches like these for about 30 seconds each and performing three sets per day will help to relax the muscles. This will often reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve. It also increases blood flow. As a result, healing can take place more quickly, and you may experience a great range of motion. Don’t forget to get an examination from an upper cervical chiropractor to determine if an adjustment can help your body to heal even faster.

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Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve, Back Pain, Back AcheLow back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in the United States. Almost 80% of adults will experience low back pain at some point in their life. The most common risk factors for low back pain include the following (1) -

Management of low back pain can vary, but pain medication, physical therapy, and surgery are three of the traditional options. While these may alleviate symptoms, they do not address the root cause of some types of low back pain.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and lower back pain or sciatica download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Lower Back Pain or Sciatica by clicking the image below.

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How is my low back pain related to my neck?

Your spinal cord sends signals to and from your brain. Your nerves branch off from your brain and spinal cord. Your spine is designed to protect your vital spinal cord. When the top bone in your spine (atlas) is out of alignment, it creates spinal cord tension. This tension leads to the signals becoming distorted. Improper signals can lead to postural imbalance, pain, and muscle spasms. One of the ways an atlas misalignment can create low back pain is through postural imbalance. Muscle tension can increase on one side of the body, causing one hip to be higher than the other. This causes one leg to be slightly shorter than the other.

I am trained in QSM3 and NUCCA, two precise chiropractic techniques. Through the use of these approaches, I am able to gently realign the atlas, reducing pressure within the spinal cord. This leads to proper signals being sent to and from the brain, potentially creating balanced posture. Less muscle tension leads to even hips, possibly reducing low back pain symptoms.

Chung et al. described a case study of a 57-year-old man who experienced sciatica down both legs, along with other health issues. After approximately one month of NUCCA care, his sciatica pain reduced by 90%. After 2 months of care, he experienced complete resolution of his sciatica (2).

If you are experiencing low back pain and would like more information on how QSM3 and NUCCA can help, give Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento a call at (916) 965-7155.

References

  1. Ninds.nih.gov. Low Back Pain Fact Sheet [Internet]. 2016 [cited 13 January 2016]. Available from: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.html
  1. Chung J, Brown J, Busa J. Resolution of Hypertension Following Reduction of Upper Cervical Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res [Internet]. 2014 [cited 13 January 2016];2014(January):1-6. Available from: http://www.mccoypress.net/juccr/docs/2014-1272_hypertension.pdf

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Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve, Back Pain, Back AchePain in the low back is so common that many people just chalk it up to their job, their mattress, or just a part of growing older.  In fact, 90% of the times that people seek medical advice for their back pain, the cause isn’t able to be ascertained and is labeled as “common nonspecific back pain.”  Traditional treatment options range from ice packs to over-the-counter painkillers on the conservative side, to more invasive treatments such as cortisone injections and surgical intervention.  Because bones, muscles, ligaments, and other supporting structures connect the entire spine, in some instances, the solution to lower back pain may actually lie a bit farther up the chain.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and lower back pain or sciatica download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Lower Back Pain or Sciatica by clicking the image below.

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My low back hurts, how is this related to my neck?

The bones of the spine, your vertebra, are designed to protect your spinal cord.  The spinal cord is the highway on which messages between the body and the brain travel.  Nerves branch off the spinal cord to provide information to all the components of your body.  When the top bone in your spine, the atlas, is misaligned, it creates tension throughout the entire spine from top to bottom.  While it may seem strange to think about, the pain you experience in your low back may be a result of a misalignment in your neck.  This is because of the compensations that happen to correct for the misalignment of the head and neck – the shoulders and hips will compensate leading to postural distortions and muscle imbalances.

To correct the compensations that lead to nagging low back pain, Dr. Brett Gottlieb gently works to realign the atlas vertebra.  When normal upper cervical alignment is restored, this brings ease to rest of the spine.  Tension on the spinal cord is released, posture can return to normal, and balance returns to the muscles.  A gentle adjustment to the neck is sometimes all it takes to clear up stubborn low back pain.

 

REFERENCE SITE:

http://www.livescience.com/43152-lower-back-pain.html

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Sciatica, Sciatic Nerve, Back Pain, Back AcheIt is estimated that 5 percent of people with low back pain also have sciatica. Sitting for long periods, walking, or climbing stairs can all recreate the sciatic pain. What many people don't know is that while sciatica always involves one leg, it can present in a few different ways. (1)

- Achy sensation

-“Pins and needles”

- Shooting, searing pain

Standing and stretching temporarily improve the sciatic symptoms. Traditional management of sciatica involves anti-inflammatories, corticosteroid injections, and/or surgery. These interventions may work to manage the symptoms of sciatica, but they do not address the underlying cause of the condition.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and lower back pain or sciatica download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Lower Back Pain or Sciatica by clicking the image below.

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How is my sciatica related to my neck?

Your spinal cord sends signals to and from your brain. Your nerves branch off of your brain and spinal cord. Your spine is designed to protect your vital spinal cord. When the top bone in your spine (atlas) is out of alignment, it creates spinal cord tension. This tension leads to the signals becoming distorted. Improper signals can lead to postural imbalance, pain, and muscle spasms. One of the ways an atlas misalignment can create sciatica is through postural imbalance. Muscle tension can increase on one side of the body, causing one hip to be higher than the other. This causes one leg to be slightly shorter than the other.

Dr. Gottlieb is trained in QSM3 and NUCCA, two precise chiropractic techniques. Through the use of these approaches, he is able to gently realign the atlas, reducing pressure within the spinal cord. This leads to proper signals being sent to and from the brain, potentially creating balanced posture. Less muscle tension leads to even hips, possibly reducing sciatica symptoms.

Alibhoy described a case study of a 45-year-old woman who experienced sciatica down both legs, along with other health issues. After approximately one month of specific atlas chiropractic care, her left leg sciatica resolved. Her right leg sciatica had improved 60%. After six months of care, her right leg sciatica had decreased 98%. (2)

If you are experiencing sciatica and would like more information on how QSM3 and NUCCA can help, give Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento a call at (916) 965-7155.

References

  1. Cianflocco A. Low Back Pain - Bone, Joint, and Muscle Disorders [Internet]. Merck Manuals Consumer Version. 2015 [cited 7 December 2015]. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/bone,-joint,-and-muscle-disorders/low-back-and-neck-pain/low-back-pain
  1. Alibhoy N. Resolution of Fibromyalgia Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res [Internet]. 2011 [cited 8 December 2015];2011(June):39-44. Available from: http://www.mccoypress.net/juccr/docs/2011-1059_fibromyalgia.pdf

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Sciatica, Back Pain, Back Ache, Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Natural ReliefSciatica is a condition in which pain radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which travels from the low back through the hips, buttocks, and down each leg.  Pain, sometimes severe, can be felt anywhere along the nerve, but it is most commonly felt along a path between the buttocks and the back of the thigh or calf.  The pain can range from a mild ache to a sharp excruciating sensation.

Although it may seem strange to consider, since the pain is elsewhere, often the source of sciatic nerve pain begins with a misalignment in the neck.  The spine is connected from top to bottom by many joints, ligaments, and muscles.  When the top two vertebrae in the neck, the keystone of the spine, misalign, it causes a cascading effect of problems.  Over time, this head and neck misalignment distorts a person’s posture, ultimately leading to imbalances in the low back that can cause sciatica.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and lower back pain or sciatica download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Lower Back Pain or Sciatica by clicking the image below.

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In his Fair Oaks upper cervical chiropractic clinic, Dr. Gottlieb can determine if a misalignment of the top two vertebrae in the neck is the root cause of your sciatica.  Treating the symptoms of sciatic pain will not lead to lasting relief if the root cause lies in the neck.  In many cases, an upper cervical chiropractic adjustment is the best way to achieve natural, lasting relief from sciatica.  While it might seem counter-intuitive at first to start at the neck when the pain is in the lower back and leg, getting to the bottom of the issue is always your best bet.

References

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sciatica/basics/symptoms/con-20026478

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