Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sciatica and Pregnancy

If you are a woman you no doubt have been pregnant, want to get pregnant, or know someone close to you who has been pregnant. If you are a man the same goes for you for your wife or significant other. What do you all have in common? While pregnancy is a beautiful thing it can become painful. It is not so bad during the first few months, but as more weight comes to the mid section it begins to strain the lower back. There is a curve in the low back called a lordotic curve. This transitions into a kyphotic mid back curve and then again turns to a lordotic curve in the neck. This is normal. When the bones of the spine move out of their normal position, it begins to put pressure on the nerves that exit the sides of the bones of the spine. This pressure creates a “nerve interference” that disrupts the normal communication of the brain out to the body and from the body out to the brain. This often results in pain, symptoms and disease processes if it is allowed to go unchecked.

During pregnancy as the abdomen gets larger it forces the lumbar curve to be more pronounced. What do you think happens? The other areas must compensate for this. The bones move out of their normal position and create nerve interference. Now this does get even worse when the abdomen drops down near the end of pregnancy. This is when most pregnant females experience “sciatica”. Sciatica is electric shock like pain that shoots from the buttocks down the leg. For those that have experienced it you know exactly what I am talking about. For those men, you have no doubt heard your partner complain about it.

What do I do? Come to a chiropractor and get yourself checked. Get myself checked? Yes get yourself checked. See if you do indeed have bones out of the normal position that need to be adjusted back to the normal position thus relieving the pressure on the nerves an allowing your body to do the healing.

Isn’t there a pill I can take? No!! If you are pregnant you want to limit exactly what you put into your body as this directly affects the baby. Pills and drugs should not be taken except in certain circumstances. This country has been conditioned to think that there is a pill for every ill and that is the answer. You need to stop, take a step back and assess the situation. Taking pills treats from the outside in. They only help to alleviate the symptoms while allowing the cause of the problem to remain unchanged. If you don’t attack the cause of the problem does it get better on its own or does it continue to get worse? It continues to get worse. This is how modern medicine works. They want you to be not sick. Medicine has its place but there is a reason that this country spends the most money on healthcare than any nation on the planet, and is still one of the sickest.

Chiropractors on the other hand want you to be healthy. Their philosophy is to treat from the inside out. They find and correct the cause of the problem. When you treat the cause it not only takes away the symptoms, it corrects the situation and prevents it from returning. Wow what a concept.

Back to sciatica. In the majority of situations the sciatic nerve becomes stretched and pinched due to misalignment of the pelvis and other bones of the spine. This pinching is what gives you the symptoms of shooting pain down the legs. The best way to correct the situation is to get the bones adjusted back to their normal position. In rare cases the sciatic nerve runs under the piriformis muscle which puts more pressure on this nerve creating this symptom. Again adjustments and stretching the short or contracted side is the best treatment. In an even more rare case the nerve grows through the belly of this very tiny muscle. In this instance misalignment or muscle tightness or spasm will affect the nerve and could create these symptoms. The best treatment is both muscular and re alignment. Although the combination will help considerably you must realize that there is really nothing else to do.

So if I get adjusted then I will be cured? Not exactly. Yes chiropractic adjustments will help the situation tremendously. The problem being that health is a process. One adjustment is not going to do it. You have to think about how long the bones have been out of the normal position. It is going to take some time to re train your body to stay in that position. This is why chiropractors have you return for often times many adjustments. If you do begin, and continue you will get results, the symptoms will leave and your health will return. This will prevent future problems from occurring.

But can’t adjusting hurt me and my baby? Absolutely not. It is actually healthy and can help you both. If the mother who is the host is functioning at her optimum potential do you think that is better for the unborn child? Yes. Remember the baby gets everything from the mother, nutrition, stress etc… So what is good for the mother is good for the baby. And did we mention also good for you too Dad.

It is documented fact that pregnant females who get regular chiropractic adjustments have less symptoms, more health, easier deliveries, healthier babies, happier husbands etc… What, how come everyone doesn’t visit a chiropractor on a regular basis? Well if you are still reading this, I am not sure. That is why I write and educate my patients.

Do yourself a favor. Make an appointment to see a chiropractor. Get your spine checked and get the spines of your family checked. I am not saying that you need care, you just need a checkup. It is a healthy thing to do.

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