What is sciatica and how will upper cervical care help?

by | Aug 20, 2023 | Chiropractic Care, Upper Cervical

Sciatica is characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body. The sciatic nerve originates in the lower back and runs down through the hips, buttocks, and down each leg. The pain associated with sciatica can vary widely, from a mild ache to sharp, shooting pain, making it difficult to stand, walk, or even sit comfortably.

Sciatica is often caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve due to various factors, such as a herniated disc, bone spurs, spinal stenosis (spinal canal narrowing), or muscle imbalances.

Upper cervical care, also known as upper cervical chiropractic or upper cervical chiropractic care, is a specialized form of chiropractic care that focuses on the uppermost part of the spine, particularly the top two vertebrae called the atlas (C1) and the axis (C2). Proponents of upper cervical care believe that misalignments or subluxations in this area can have far-reaching effects on the entire nervous system, including the spinal cord and peripheral nerves like the sciatic nerve.

Upper cervical care practitioners use gentle and specific adjustments to correct these misalignments to restore proper alignment and promote optimal nervous system function. It’s believed that by addressing these upper cervical misalignments, the body’s natural ability to heal and regulate itself can be enhanced.

Upper cervical care suggests that addressing potential misalignments in the upper cervical spine helps alleviate sciatic symptoms. The theory is that proper alignment in the upper cervical region can have a positive impact on overall spinal alignment, nerve function, and muscle balance, which might contribute to relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve further down the spine.

If you’re experiencing sciatica or any other back or neck concerns, it’s advisable to consult with a qualified healthcare professional who can provide you with a comprehensive evaluation and recommend appropriate treatments based on your condition and needs. We recommend contacting/calling The Lifestyle Chiropractic at 404-343-4467 or email us here.