Sciatica is known for the pain that extends through the buttocks and down the back of one leg. It is caused by irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve. This nerve is one of the largest in the body, being about the size of the small finger. It extends from the lower spine, where it is attached by five nerve roots, into the buttocks and branches off into each leg, going as far as the foot. Pain can occur at any point along this nerve and is, generally, accompanied by lower back pain. What are some other symptoms?
So, what are some things that irritate the sciatic nerve?
It may sound odd that a person needs to care for their upper neck vertebrae to alleviate the symptoms of sciatica in the lower back. However, there is a definite connection. A misalignment in the neck causes the spine to compensate and affects a person’s posture, hip alignment, and more. This twisting of the spine can easily irritate the sciatic nerve, one of the main reasons for sciatica. A misalignment of only ¼ of a millimeter can wreak havoc throughout the entire body. It can cause the brain and body to not communicate properly and lead to numerous health problems, including sciatica.
Once the misalignment is corrected, a patient’s have symptoms may improve dramatically, perhaps even after just a few adjustments. Once the body is allowed to function at its optimum, the natural healing process can begin, and a person can feel better and healthier overall.
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Dr. Perkins grew up in Novi, Michigan and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He received his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with a focus on Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Chris is well known in the community for his public speaking and holds a number of professional certifications. We are proud to say that Dr. Perkins and Perkins Family Wellness has been recognized by Hour Magazine as one of the Top Chiropractors in Metro Detroit for 3 years in row.