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I Can’t Function. MY LEGS HURT!!

Our legs are our primary means of locomotion, starting with crawling on up to walking, running and leaping. Legs are tools which are almost a necessity in the function of daily activities. They do a fantastic job of supporting our weight and moving our bodies from place to place.

Occasionally, the feet are even used as “extra hands” to open and close doors, guide the movement of heavy objects, pick up small objects from the floor and “kick the ball!” The postman, the policeman, the housewife and many office and factory workers depend on their legs for miles of walking each day.

Scientists have attempted to duplicate leg functions in robots using computerized electrical circuitry. But with all the advanced scientific knowledge and technology available, nothing compares to the computerized electronics of the human brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves in facilitating every day leg functions.

Like man-made electronics, whenever the “power” is shut off, there is a total loss of function (Paralysis) and if there is any kind of lesser disturbance to the electronic circuitry, wires could get hot, lights could flicker, etc.

In the body, a “hot” sciatic nerve results in the toothache-type pain of sciatic neuritis. Pressure on nerves in the lower back to the legs is usually the “cause” and could also produce numbness, weakness, muscle cramps, etc.

If there is an electronic malfunction with a robotic leg, an immediate investigation would be conducted of the electronics involved to correct the “cause” of the problem. Doesn’t it make sense that if an individual is suffering from leg pain, there must be a “cause,” also. Instead of taking medication from “temporary relief,” why not search out the source of the nerve irritation and remove that irritation?

Chiropractic spinal adjustments seek out and correct the “cause” of leg pain. Our goal is always to eliminate, not “cover up” with drugs, the source of the interference to a pain free life. Call us today and find out for yourself!!

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What Causes Leg Pain?

The cause of most leg pain, especially in children, is improper weight balance from the upper part of the body. In the child, abnormal spinal curvatures during their growing years can cause an uneven distribution of weight on the lower extremities.

If you lean forward, backward or to one side in the standing position, it will cause the involuntary muscles in the legs to contract and tighten to maintain balance. Prolonged contraction of these muscles will cause leg pains.

Another example of this uneven weight distribution is seen in the advanced stages of pregnancy with the increased weight in the abdomen which causes lower back muscles to contract resulting in back pain in addition to leg pain. These same symptoms can also be caused by abdominal obesity.

Because most of the weight of the upper body is supported and suspended from the spinal column, it is important to have spinal adjustments to restore normal balance with equal weight distribution to the legs.

Sciatic leg pain is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve which runs down the back of the leg. The sciatic nerve has its origin as branches of the spinal nerves where they emit from in between the vertebrae of the lower back. The sciatic nerve is often irritated and becomes inflamed when the lower lumbar spine becomes misaligned due to falls, blows, sprains and strains.

In addition to leg pains, pressure on nerves in the lower back can also cause numbness, weakness, muscle cramps, etc. Because the nerves in the lower back also supply the bowels, kidneys, bladder and reproductive organs, pressure on these nerves can result in constipation, diarrhea, frequent urination, water retention, bed wetting, menstrual and prostate problems, etc.

Doesn’t it make sense that if an individual is suffering with leg pain, there must be a “cause?” Instead of taking drugs for “temporary relief,” why not search out the source of the nerve irritation and remove it?

Restoring the normal flow of nerve energy from the brain down through the spine to the legs, without drugs or surgery, is the chiropractic approach to eliminating leg pain.

If you or someone your know is suffering with leg pains, please let us help you to overcome this nagging problem through gentle, safe chiropractic care.

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Looking for Answers to the Pain of Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is created by the gathering of nerves that extend from the spinal cord down through the pelvic bones. The sciatic nerve branches out and controls the organs in the pelvis and everything else from the hips to the toes.

Sciatica is the inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the largest and longest nerve in the body. Burning pain in the low back, hips, and legs are common symptoms of sciatica. Low back pain is not always part of sciatica, but often comes with it.
Usually, sciatica affects only one side. Pain often radiates down the buttock or leg and can range from a tingling, burning, pins-and-needles feeling to excruciating, shooting pain that makes standing up nearly impossible. Often, coughing, sneezing, and sitting make the pain worse.

In the past, long periods of bed rest were commonly prescribed for sciatic pain and malfunction. Recent studies have confirmed that lengthy bed rest is a waste of time and may interfere with healing. Another common prescription, epidural injections, does not help patients suffering from sciatica, either. Researchers in Germany did a six-month study published this year in Clinical Orthopaedics, and Related Research. These researchers found that spinal corticosteroid injections do not help patients with sciatica improve any faster than those not given such injections.

What does seem to be the correct prescription is conservative chiropractic adjustments to realign the misaligned vertebrae. According to the recently released United States Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) guidelines, “relief of discomfort can be accomplished most safely” with chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care (sometimes coupled with simple exercises) normalizes the joint mobility, returns the bones to their proper position, and takes the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Pain and inflammation leave the area. Function is restored. Health is restored.

Sciatica is a horrible experience. Regardless of what you may have been told in the past, you may get rid of it. You may not have to “live with it” as you’ve heard. Correction of the cause of sciatica may be as close as a call to our office. We’d be happy to do our part in the restoration of your health and the elimination of the vertebral subluxations that have been interfering with it.

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