Upper Cervical Care for Sciatic pain
About the condition
Sciatica is a condition in which a herniated or ruptured disc presses on the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that extends down from the spinal column to its exit point in the pelvis and carries nerve fibers to the leg. This compression causes shock-like or burning low back pain combined with pain through the buttocks and down one leg to below the knee, occasionally reaching the foot.
In the most serious of cases, the pain of sciatica can develop into nerve damage resulting in loss of feeling in the affected limb and even loss of muscle strenght and control.
Sciatica is also occasionally called piriformis syndrome. This is because the sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis muscle as it exits the pelvis. One theory (which has more mounting evidence against it as an actual cause) is that the piriformis muscle spasms and entraps the sciatic nerve, causing the classic shooting pain.
Theory of how upper cervical treatment helps
Sciatica is really just an extension of Low Back Pain. The stress and added pressure from uneven postural strain drastically increases the pressure on the discs of the low back, leading to bulges and herniations. This uneven posture can be directly tied back to misalignment of the upper cervical spine.
When the head is tilted off the horizon and not properly balanced over the neck, then the rest of the body is left to adapt to the position it is in and this leads to unbalanced posture. A gentle and precise correction of the upper cervical misalignment is often all it takes to remove the added stress from the low back and in many cases allows the body to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve and allow the injured disc to heal.