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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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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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VERTIGO: Scarier Than a Hitchcock Movie

VERTIGO: Scarier Than a Hitchcock Movie
“If I wanted to be this dizzy, I’d go to an amusement park!” To people who have never suffered from vertigo, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal. If they could think how their lives would change with their environment continuously whirling about them sickeningly, they would very likely change their opinion. Vertigo is not necessarily painful but it can be debilitating and continuously disorienting. Driving may be impossible and walking across a room may have dangerous consequence, too. Often, people with vertigo need help just getting by.

Chiropractors have long suspected the relationship between upper neck spinal bone misalignments and vertigo. (Chiropractors may begin their work with vertigo sufferers by ruling out caffeine and aspirin sensitivity, and alcohol involvement.)

A recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in February 2000,entitled, A combined approach for the treatment of cervical vertigo seems to support chiropractic’s opinion that vertigo can be helped by chiropractic care. This study, done by several medical and chiropractic doctors, involved 15 subjects with cervical (neck) vertigo who visited their Ear-Nose and Throat doctor suffering from dizziness. The patients agreed to participate in a treatment system which included chiropractic care and a variety of physio-therapies, biofeedback, and exercise. The objective of the study was to see the results of a treatment system using specific conservative methods.

Interestingly, 93% of the participants also complained of musculoskeletal problems, mainly neck pain, shoulder girdle pain, and tension-type headache. The patients had suffered these problems on average for over seven years. The median time length of dizziness before treatment began was 52 days. The treatment system, including chiropractic care, lasted on average 41 days and included 5 sessions. It wasn’t a long time but it showed great results.

After treatment, 60% reported no vertigo and 20% reported consistent improvement of vertigo. Additionally, the musculoskeletal problems completely cleared up in almost 27% of the participants and improved in 60%!

The researchers concluded that the musculoskeletal problems, something chiropractors handle every day, are “important causal and perpetuating factors of cervical vertigo”. This means what caused the neck pain, shoulder pain, and tension-type headaches caused and made worse, the vertigo. Consistent improvement was seen using a conservative multiple system of chiropractic care and other therapies

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