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Anywhere in the world, people can experience pain in the lower back. It is a common issue that can result in partial disability. Individuals with lower back pain may experience mild to severe pain, making daily activities more challenging than expected.

As a clinic offering upper cervical chiropractic in Sacramento, our team has met a fair share of individuals that experience debilitating backache. We have listed eight possible triggers of low back pain that you should avoid (if you can) to reduce or eliminate your pain. Note that not all triggers on this list are entirely avoidable.

1. Nicotine

Smoking cigarettes can lead to lower back pain, aside from other health conditions. The nicotine in cigarettes contains properties that can impede good blood circulation in the body. Poor blood flow can accelerate the wearing of the discs in the spine, leading to lower back pain.

Aside from blood circulation, nicotine also has an impact on our body’s calcium absorption. This means that smokers are at risk of bone fractures due to weaker bones. We advise specific lifestyle changes to patients, such as quitting smoking and trying upper cervical chiropractic in Sacramento. 

2. Stress

Stress can bring about any health-related issue, not only mentally but also physically. The hormones that the body produces when exposed to stressors may increase tension and inflammation in the body's muscles, including your lower back.

Learning to manage your stress, if not avoiding it, can help keep lower back pain away. Try out some exercises and other relaxing activities to release stress from the body.

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3. A Sedentary Lifestyle 

Physical activities are always beneficial. One of the benefits an individual can get from physical activities, such as exercising, is better body pain management. As technology progresses, people tend to shift into sedentary lifestyles.

For example, working individuals in offices will sit long hours on their desks. Stretching from time to time or even walking short distances can produce good benefits, in this case. If you have an inactive lifestyle, you should engage in some cardio exercises during your free time. Make it a habit to be on your feet.

4. Pregnancy 

Pregnancy might be a surprising addition to this list. However, pregnant women are prone to experiencing lower back pain due to the additional weight from carrying a baby. As the baby grows in the womb, the woman’s center of gravity shifts, adding more strain to the spine.

The body also releases hormones to prepare the woman’s body for childbirth. These hormones also have an impact on the lower back, leading to lower back pain.

5. Extra Weight

It’s no question that too much weight can put an extra strain on the muscles and bones of the body. Obesity also relates to sedentary lifestyles, which can also lead to lower back pain. The key to weight loss is discipline. Eating healthy and exercising to maintain a healthy weight and strong bones and muscles can help put an end to lower back pain. 

6. Depression 

According to research, people who have depression are almost four times more at risk of getting lower back pain than those without depression. Besides a mental condition, depression also manifests in physical ways. While depression is a chronic disorder, there are ways that it can be managed. Talking to a therapist, taking prescription medication, or engaging in activities that release good chemicals in the brain are all possible methods to manage this condition

7. Nerve Compression 

Nerve compression also plays a role in lower back pain. Misalignments in the spine are a more likely cause for this to occur. When discs in the spine press on a nerve, these can lead to pain accompanied by a tingling and numb sensation in the spine area, including the lower back.

Nerve compression can lead to a condition called sciatica. Sciatica affects the lower back, hips, buttocks, and leg areas, depending on which side of the body is affected. Certain medications can help provide temporary comfort, but addressing the issue's root can offer more long-lasting relief and healing. In this case, spinal adjustments might be necessary.

8. Physical Strain 

Physical strain may arise from vehicular accidents, sporting activities, heavy trauma, or even excessive exercising. All of these things can lead to lower back pain, especially when the spine is involved in the trauma.

In some cases, individuals involved in certain physical accidents seek upper cervical chiropractic in Sacramento to recover from their injuries.

Not everything on this list is entirely avoidable. However, there is a natural method that can help provide long-lasting relief from lower back pain. 

Natural Lower Back Pain Reliever: Upper Cervical Chiropractic

If you are suffering from chronic lower back pain, you might need help from an upper cervical chiropractic doctor. The upper cervical spine refers to the bones in the neck. You might be wondering what the uppermost bone in the neck has to do with lower back pain. Let us explain:

Upper cervical chiropractic care takes care of the topmost bone of the spine- the atlas. The atlas connects the head to the spine, allowing it more movement than the other vertebrae in the spine. Due to its range of motion, the atlas is vulnerable to misalignments.

Even a minor misalignment in the atlas can add strain to the rest of the spine. This happens because the spine has to adjust to the misalignment to keep the head balanced. And of course, excess strain in the spine can lead to lower back pain.

Upper cervical chiropractors can help correct the atlas misalignment. Here at Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento, we employ gentle and precise corrections to guide the atlas back into its proper and natural position.

If you or a friend wants to receive upper cervical chiropractic in Sacramento, don’t hesitate to contact us at 916-965-7155. You can also accomplish this web form to schedule an appointment.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gottlieb, call 916-965-7155, or just click the button below. 

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Lower back pain also leads to other problems for adults. According to researchers, not only do 28% of adults with lower back pain say that it limits what they can accomplish but lower back pain also leads to the risk of serious psychological distress being increased fourfold.

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You have probably never heard of the untold illness of Sylvester Stallone nor NUCCA chiropractic in Sacramento. We’re here to explain the interesting link between the two.

For decades, Hollywood icon Sylvester Stallone was the symbol of male virility. His bulging muscles and chiseled looks fit well into his memorable screen roles, including rags-to-riches boxer Rocky Balboa, special forces soldier Rambo, and more recently, as a mercenary leader in The Expendables. 

Not many people know that Stallone experiences chronic pain for many years. Despite his image as a man’s man who is always pumping iron and performing dangerous stunts, Stallone has been sidelined on many occasions by sciatica. Unknown to many, there is NUCCA chiropractic in Sacramento that can help anyone dealing with sciatica.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition that occurs due to compression, irritation, or injury of the sciatica nerve.  The said nerve runs all the way from the lower back, into the glutes, and down the legs.  Those who suffer from this ailment experience shooting pain that is so excruciating that they often find it hard to sit, walk, or stand up.

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Sciatica Signs & Symptoms

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of this physical disorder include:

Who is at Risk For Sciatica?

One of the best ways to prevent this ailment is to know if you are at greater risk for it:

Individuals who sit for very long periods are prone to sciatica.  The act of sitting places the lower back in an unnatural curved position. Often, the sciatic nerve is under constant pressure or impingement when seated for far too long.

People who are sedentary are almost always glued to their seats or can be found lying in bed.  Without time or regard for physical fitness, they neglect their health, leading to physical problems like back pain, high blood pressure, and even heart problems. It also worsens if they do not eat healthy food and consume highly processed meals.

In general, aging exposes people to all sorts of health problems.  Over time, muscles and bones, including the nerves, joints, and ligaments degenerate if they are not cared for properly through exercise, nutrition, and adequate rest.

Obesity is a major health risk not only concerning spine health.  The entire human body is exposed to various kinds of ailments if people ignore their nutrition and overall physical health. Excessive weight taxes the bones, nerves, and muscle fibers of the body. At the same time, obesity poses serious health problems to the heart, lungs, and other internal body organs.

People who work in high-risk jobs are often at risk for back pain and other ailments that lead to 

musculoskeletal imbalances, body pain, nerve and joint damage, and injuries to ligaments. People who work in the military, professional athletes, those in construction work, stuntmen and women, and those in other similar physically demanding jobs are at risk.

Natural Pain Relief for Sciatica

According to the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA), you can address this painful ailment through natural methods.  After a careful examination, the upper cervical spine’s appropriate adjustments can be enough to produce immediate relief. 

For example, a NUCCA chiropractic in Sacramento helped hundreds of people who dealt with pain for years.  Through careful adjustments of the upper cervical spine region, you can improve blood circulation and flow of cervico-spinal fluid in the brain.

By receiving NUCCA chiropractic in Sacramento, people with sciatica have real hope of recovering their mobility and live relatively pain-free. Getting relief from low back pain, leg numbness, and other discomforts associated with this ailment is truly a life-changer.

Some people who had benefited from NUCCA chiropractic in Sacramento to achieve their health goals recall how it was before receiving care.  Each day was an excruciating challenge from the time they woke up until they retired at night.

They say that pain was like an unwelcome constant companion, hounding them at home and work. Some have been severely affected by sciatica that they eventually had to quit their jobs or business.

Consult with Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento

Thanks to a NUCCA chiropractic in Sacramento, people finally understood the mechanics of the human body, how certain postures and lifestyle choices affect their physical health, and the importance of keeping the atlas and axis bones aligned. 

Gentle adjustments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae can feel like a giant, heavy concrete necklace is carefully and gently torn away from your neck.  It is like “being set free.”

The best part about the natural methods employed here at the Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento is that it is not invasive. No chemical-based medicines are prescribed, which could lead to unwanted side effects.  

After a thorough inspection of the individual’s body, imbalances would be seen or detected. For example, people with sciatica often have a hip imbalance, which also causes leg length discrepancies.  These discrepancies result in pain in the lower back and the legs, and other parts of the body. To relieve the pain, correction of upper cervical misalignments are done fast yet gentle.  
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To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gottlieb, call 916-965-7155, or just click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the world, and long-term back issues can lead to disability. What are some of the most common causes of back pain including upper middle back pain and how can you find relief? Consider the following list of the top seven causes of middle and upper back pain.

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The Top 7 Causes of Upper Middle Back Pain

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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.

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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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If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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:

- 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 Low Back Pain related to the 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.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and low back pain, download our complimentary e-book by clicking the image below.

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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

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gottlieb, call 916-965-7155, or just click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gottlieb, call 916-965-7155, or just click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and low back pain, download our complimentary e-book by clicking the image below.

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Natural Relief for Low Back Pain

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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If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and low back pain, download our complimentary e-book by clicking the image below.

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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.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gottlieb, call 916-965-7155, or just click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Low Back Pain Risk Factors in Sacramento, CALow 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:

Management of sciatica 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 low back pain, download our complimentary e-book by clicking the image below.

BackPainEbook3D

How is Low Back Pain Related to 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

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gottlieb, call 916-965-7155, or just click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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