Sciatica is an Inflammation of the Sciatic Nerve
Do you suffer from pain, numbness or tingling that travels down your leg and even into your foot? Most likely this is due to a condition called sciatica which is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica originally begins with stress. Stress, regardless of what type, can cause vertebral subluxation. Subluxations keep the spine locked in the wrong position while preventing the nervous system from working properly. One result is symptoms like sciatica. Removing subluxations can relieve pain without the use of drugs.
A subluxation is a condition in which a spinal segment or vertebrae is out of alignment with the adjacent segment. Nerves which branch off of the spinal cord no longer properly work. Sciatica results when a subluxation has occurred among the lumbar or low back vertebrae that surround the sciatic nerve.
Ensuring the Spine is Free of Subluxations is Important
If the sciatic nerve is in the low back, why is pain felt in the leg or foot? The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back, but does not end there. It extends down the leg and into the foot. The sciatic nerve is the longest and the widest nerve in the body and is always busy at work. It supplies feeling and communication to the skin of the legs as well as muscles of the back, thigh, leg and foot.
Sciatica often begins after a subluxation has already been there a while. Ensuring the spine is free of subluxations is important before the pain sneaks up on you. Obesity, for example, is a type of stress that can puts tremendous stress upon the lumbar spine, hips, knees and feet. Unable to adapt to the pressure, the spine subluxates and can result in sciatica.
A Visit with a Chiropractor can help Remove Subluxations
Another example of putting stress on the sciatica is driving long distances. Drivers often position their seat too far back putting the spine in a stretched or slouching position. Improper posture puts severe strain on the low back. Taking breaks every 90 minutes and making sure your body is facing forward with your seat at a 90-degree angle from the pedal will help drivers from developing sciatica.
These are only a few types of stress that can subluxate the spine causing sciatica. A visit with a chiropractor can help to remove subluxations can relieve pain and strain without the use of drug.