What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is pain caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body and it runs from the lower back, down the legs and ends just below the knee. Sciatica is often associated with general back pain, but it is capable of affecting much more than just the back. According to Medical News Today, some experts say that up to 40% of people will experience sciatica at some point in their lifetime.
Back pain can be uncomfortable, debilitating and take away from enjoyable activities. For Americans, it is one of the biggest issues inhibiting mobility and day-to-day activity. The American Chiropractic Association states that back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year, which equates to two work days for every full-time worker in the country and, experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain some time in their lives.
We are all familiar with the word ‘core’. When you refer to core strength, ab workouts, sit-ups and six-pack abs are often the first things that come to mind. But the truth is, abdominals are only a small part of the system of muscles that make up your core. A strong core is fundamental and much more important than the superficial associations that are all too common.
Not only does core facilitate movement, but it houses your inner organs and central nervous system. Whether you're hitting a tennis ball, lifting groceries or mopping the floor, the necessary motions either originate in your core, or move through it. To put it simply, your core muscles underpin almost everything you do.
So why exactly do Chiropractors reiterate the importance of a strong core? And, why do they try to incorporate exercises involving core in their Chiropractic care programs?
For many, headaches are simply a part of daily life, often ignored as soon as they are fought with an over-the-counter pain relief pill. However, these pesky aches can be the result of larger problems, and depending on the intensity, require more attention than what temporary pain relief medicine can provide.
No matter what type of headache you experience, paying a little more attention to your headaches and the ways in which you treat them can lead to a pain-free life and better sense of well being.
Below are our tips to ensure that you know what you’re experiencing, why you’re experiencing it and alternative treatment solutions: