Exercise and Chiropractic Could be a Winning Combination for Your Sciatica

As spinal conditions go, sciatica is generally considered to be one of the more uncomplicated ailments. It presents with generally the same symptoms across patients, can be treated effectively with the right approach, and has a high success rate for alleviated symptoms when a proper treatment schedule is administered.

Just because sciatica is relatively straightforward, however, doesn’t mean there’s a one-size-fits-all solution for dealing with it. In fact, despite its uniform presentation, sciatica requires a tailored approach to treatment – one that often requires a very specific exercise regimen and corresponding chiropractic adjustment schedule.

At Ideal Spine, we believe in the power of individualized treatment, especially when it comes to chronic pain conditions. Understanding how sciatica is being instigated within the body and what specific measures can be taken to alleviate it is the key to unlocking a treatment plan that truly works to minimize pain and inflammation.

How exercise can help

Because sciatica is an inflammatory condition, wherein the sciatic nerve specifically is being affected, exercise is a first recommendation of many chiropractors. Exercise helps to improve the outlook for sciatic pain in a variety of different ways, including:

  • Alleviating pressure on the sciatic nerve;
  • Icing after exercise reduces inflammation;
  • Increases in cortisol levels produced during exercise can reduce inflammation;
  • Improved range of motion, reducing stress on the spine;
  • Higher activity levels lead to adrenaline and endorphins, combatting pain.

Here again, simply getting on a treadmill or picking up weights isn’t the solution. Instead, it’s important to work with a chiropractor to understand specifically how the body should be worked, to what intensity, and where focus should be placed.

For example, if the sciatic nerve is being irritated due to pelvic tilt and lumbar compression, a chiropractor may recommend a light cardio workout with corresponding strengthening exercises for the hamstrings, glutes and lower body. This strengthening and conditioning routine may serve to increase stability in the lower body, preventing pelvic tilt and helping to reinforce chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic’s benefits

Exercise alone isn’t the answer to dealing with chronic sciatic pain. Chiropractic adjustment plays a vital role in restoring the stability and integrity of the spine. When used in conjunction with exercise, these corrections have the potential to take effect sooner and stay true.

For example, a chiropractor may use a drop table to adjust pelvic tilt back to an acceptable degree. When a patient strengthens their lower body, they reinforce musculature that supports the spine, reducing the chances of reoccurring tilt as the result of adapted biomechanics. In this way, the long-term effects of both exercise and spinal manipulation work together for a better outcome.

A holistic approach to sciatic relief

Because it’s a painful condition, many immediately turn to painkillers to cope with their sciatica. This has unfortunate long-term side effects and masks the problem instead of resolving it. For truly long-term prospects for relief, a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment schedule is recommended by Ideal Spine. Targeted adjustments with exercise regiments that reinforce them offer a winning combination for coping with sciatica and its affiliated pain.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Common Causes of Spondylolisthesis and What They Mean for Your Body

When faced with a condition like spondylolisthesis, many people are fixated on coping with the diagnosis directly. This means working with laser focus to repair their bodies and overcome the slippage of their spine. What’s not always given due attention, however, are the factors that led to the spondylolisthesis in the first place and what further impact they could have on the body if left unmitigated.

At Ideal Spine, our focus is on not only the slippage of the spine leading to spondylolisthesis, but the physiological contributors that enabled the weakening of facet joints in the first place. We strive to make patients aware of stressors caused by posture, lifestyle, genetics, or peripheral conditions, so that appropriate steps can be taken to prevent future spinal shift and spondylolisthesis.

Contributors to spondylolisthesis

Because spondylolisthesis occurs when facet joints develop defects, tracing the source of these defects yields insight into the catalysts for the overall condition. It’s here where patient focus needs to be shifted. The defined types of spondylolisthesis-enabling slippage include:

  • Dysplastic spondylolisthesis, occurring congenitally.
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis, caused by stress fractures.
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis, caused by degenerative diseases.
  • Traumatic spondylolisthesis, caused by acute fractures.
  • Pathologic spondylolisthesis, caused by bone diseases.

Understanding the cause of spondylolisthesis means understanding the original battle of the body is facing. Recognizing an acute case versus a chronic one or the development of a bone disease versus a degenerative condition means understanding how else the body may be compromised and what can be done to support it.

Expanding the diagnosis profile

Determining the core contributor to facet joint defects and the ensuing spondylolisthesis can give chiropractors the information they need to help patients live comfortably and mitigate future issues. For example, if Isthmic spondylolisthesis is determined to be the diagnosis, a chiropractor can help patients understand how else they may be prone to stress-induced spinal issues, such as disc compression. Likewise, determining Pathologic spondylolisthesis can spur individuals to prepare for future ramifications of a condition like osteoporosis.

Exploring proper treatment

Better qualification of spondylolisthesis also affords patients the opportunity for more individualized treatment through a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment schedule. For instance, addressing Degenerative spondylolisthesis may require a vastly different approach from traumatic spondylolisthesis, allowing a chiropractor to recommend treatment geared towards alleviating the condition and promoting long-term wellness.

Total body consideration

Though patients may be focused on moving past a spondylolisthesis diagnosis, having it qualified can shed light on other areas of wellness that demand attention—specifically contributing factors to the condition. By understanding why their spine has slipped and what cause failure in their facet joints, patients can expand their focus on wellness to incorporate the contributing factors behind it.

Using a CBP treatment plan, it may be possible to not only mitigate and reverse spondylolisthesis, but also lower the rate of defect to facet joints. For patients prone to peripheral conditions or future issues stemming from specific spondylolisthesis contributors, this may mean the difference between long-term wellness and consistent, chronic pain. At Ideal Spine, we preach a holistic look at conditions like spondylolisthesis, as a way of putting total spine health in perspective.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Disc Pain vs. Nerve Root Pain: Understanding the Two Types of Disc Problems

Back pain is an increasingly-common ailment in individuals of all ages. While many cases of back pain fade and heal on their own, others may cause long-term pain that makes everyday life difficult to manage. This type of pain is often caused by problems with the spinal discs.

Spinal discs are somewhat-elastic-feeling sections of the spine that sit between the vertebrae. They are composed of materials called annulus fibrosus on the outside and a soft, gel-like material called nucleus pulposus on the inside. These discs are pliable, allowing a range of motion to the spine and absorbing shock to increase comfort while moving.

Unfortunately, spinal discs are prone to injury due to the severe amount of stress placed on the lower back and neck, in particular. When a patient visits a doctor or chiropractor, they likely do not know the exact cause of their pain, but merely that it hurts in a specific area.

At Ideal Spine, we encourage our spinal experts to help patients understand the different ailments that may be affecting their spine and prescribe the best course of treatment for coping with them.

Disc problems come in two varieties

Despite the many names doctors may use to describe spinal disc pain, there are really only two major sources of pain related to spinal discs: disc degeneration and nerve root pain. These problems are most common in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (low back). It’s important for patients to be informed of the difference so they understand what is happening to their spine and what treatments may help fix it.

  1. Degenerative disc disease: Degenerative disc disease is categorized by the drying out and deterioration of spinal discs between the vertebrae. The discs begin to shrink in size and can tear on the outside, leaving less cushioning between the vertebrae. This can cause pain in the back or neck, as well as inflammation in the surrounding muscles and joints. Disc degeneration typically results in low levels of constant pain with occasional severe flare-ups.

Once diagnosed, a chiropractor may use spinal manipulations to help restore function and mobility in the affected joint. Massages, stretches and exercises can also help relieve tension in the surrounding muscles and strengthen them to better support the spine.

  1. Nerve root pain: Nerve root pain does not originate in the disc itself, but is often caused by a bulging or herniated disc. These conditions, which also may be called a slipped disc or pinched nerve, affect the nerves that sit close to the vertebrae and exit the spine. Often, pain will lead to numbness, tingling, or weakness along the path of the nerve, radiating out to the arms and legs.

A bulging disc occurs when the spinal disc slowly begins to protrude through a crevice in the spine, outside of where it typically should sit in between vertebrae. This “bulge” can irritate nearby nerve roots and cause inflammation and pain.

If a disc herniates, the firm outer material of the disc tears, allowing the gelatinous inner material from the disc to leak out and touch the nerve root, pinching it or causing inflammation.

Treatment for a bulging or herniated disc may include spinal manipulations as well as corrective exercises and manual therapy to lessen pain symptoms. These treatments may help move the disc away from the nerve and treat present inflammation.

Correct identification allows for total-body wellness

Disc problems are similar in their pain and symptoms. In fact, degenerative disc disease can weaken the spinal discs, leading to nerve root pain due to herniation. However, the conditions have different approaches and treatment methods that require a proper diagnosis.

Ideal Spine encourages Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a specialized approach to patient wellness that treats the entire body. This ensures the source of disc pain is properly identified and dealt with. Call us today to learn more.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Tinnitus: The Small Problem Giving You a Major Headache

A ringing in your ears might occur after you hear a really loud noise or hit your head during an accident. When it lasts longer than a few minutes, though, you may be facing a bigger problem. Tinnitus, a relatively common ringing sound in the ears of the patient, is a troublesome ailment to diagnose and manage.

Tinnitus doesn’t just sound like ringing – it can also appear as a buzzing, clicking, hissing or whooshing sound. These sounds may occur constantly or may ebb and flow throughout the day or week. However, one thing is certain about this issue: it is extremely frustrating to live with!

There is no definite cure for tinnitus and finding an effective course of treatment can be difficult due to the wide variety of causes for the condition. Doctors will typically try to identify the underlying health condition and find a solution, often including earwax removal, medication, hearing aids, or behavioral therapy.

For those patients looking for another source of relief, Ideal Spine has worked with individuals interested in holistic patient care, to offer an alternative course of treatment involving the spine.

Getting to the root of the problem

The constant sound of ringing or buzzing that only you can hear is not only annoying. It can actually lead to additional health effects including sleep problems, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, depression and anxiety, and frequent headaches.

The type of sound you hear, as well as the type of additional symptoms you experience, will largely depend on the cause of your tinnitus. One of the most common underlying problems to cause tinnitus is hearing loss in older adults. However, there are numerous other problems that can lead to this painful ringing:

  • Ear wax blockage;
  • Ear injury;
  • Nerve conditions;
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ);
  • Head or neck injuries.

While some of these underlying health problems can be treated using traditional methods, others may be alleviated through alternative methods like chiropractic care.

Chiropractic as an alternative treatment method

A growing number of cases have shown patients who have experienced a decrease in their tinnitus symptoms after repetitive chiropractic sessions.

One cause of tinnitus that may be treated with chiropractic is trauma to the head or neck. These types of injuries can interrupt the normal function of the muscles, blood vessels, and nerves leading to your ears. If you have a vertebral subluxation in your cervical spine, or misalignment in your spinal column, it could potentially be causing the ringing.

Tinnitus may also be caused by tension or spasms in the muscles of the ear: the tensor tympani and the stapedius. Spinal adjustments and alignments may help correct this tension, allowing the muscles and nerves connected to the spine to function normally.

Manipulations may also be able to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ, which is yet another cause of tinnitus.

While chiropractic cannot solve every case of tinnitus, there is a chance your condition is related to your neck and spine and may be alleviated through chiropractic manipulations. Ideal Spine helps individuals look beyond the spine to help restore function to the entire body. Using the holistic Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, our chiropractors may be able to reduce the symptoms of your tinnitus-causing condition.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.