Sciatica – refers to pain, weakness, pins and needles or burning into specific areas of the leg. It is caused by injury to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that starts in the back and travels down the leg. Symptoms can be felt anywhere from the lower back down the toes. There are a number of different causes of sciatica; this cause needs to be identified so that appropriate therapy can be advised.
Lower Back Pain – is one of the most common complaints. It is estimated that about 60% of the population is experiencing lower back pain of varying degrees. People with lower back pain can be experiencing varying degrees of sharpness, dull aches, burning, tingling or weakness. You chiropractor will do a number of different tests, physical, orthopaedic and neurological, to asses your lower back and musculoskeletal system integrity and to try to find out the underlying cause of the pain.
Leg/Knee/ Foot pain – can be due to a problem locally at that area or can be due to a problem up stream in the back or down stream from another location in the leg. Leg, knee or foot pain can be referred from other area’s, so it is vitally important to have a thorough examination looking at things like gait, balance, reflexes, muscle strength and coordination and joint alignment and function.
Headaches – there are varying types of headaches; tension, cluster, sinus or migraine. The pain may be dull, throbbing, tight, compressive or pulsating. The pain is generally felt in the head, but pain can also be felt in the shoulders, neck, and jaw or behind the eyes. Serious causes of headaches are rare, but a thorough examination needs to be made to identify the cause. Stress, poor diet, dehydration, poor sleeping positions and work postures can be contributing factors to a headache.
Migraines – are no ordinary headache! Migraines are extremely debilitating. Nausea, vomiting, noise and light sensitivity are very often associated with a migraine in varying degrees. Some people have specific ‘auras’ also associated with their migraines. Research has identified some causes of migraines include hereditary factors, hormonal imbalances, certain medications, stress, diet, cervicogenic (coming from the cervical spine) and many more. Chiropractic can help you to identify the underlying cause for your migraine and give you ways to best manage and improve them.
Neck Pain – is a common problem especially with office/computer workers. If the neck pain involves irritation nerves of the neck then you may experience headaches, shoulder tension and arm pain. People can get neck pain from poor posture, repetitive strain, whiplash and many more. When your neck is sore you may have problems moving it in certain directions. Many people describe this as stiffness. Research has shown that neck pain can be helped through chiropractic care.
Ear infections – in each ear a eustachian tube runs from the middle ear to the back of the throat to aid in drainage of the middle ear. In infants the Eustachian tube is more horizontal, whilst in adults it is angled more downward, and this can be one factor that increases the chances of infants getting ear infections due to the physiological structure allowing more static fluid accumulation. Chronic ear infections are of concern, especially in infants due to the fact that their hearing and balance systems are not fully developed yet, and that long term, recurrent ear infections can have a negative effect these systems. Treatment with antibiotics is one of the treatments that is offered to parents for their child, however, most parents that have kids with recurrent ear infections will tell you that their kids have been on multiple courses with very limited results. Chiropractic is a natural alternative to antibiotics for ear infections. Chiropractic can help improve the body’s natural ability to drain the eustachion tube, limiting the chance of recurrent infections.