Common Back Problems
We are here to help with all back, neck and joint pain.
Sciatica is one of the most common symptoms presenting to a chiropractor. It is caused by irritation and inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The most common cause of sciatica is where a disc in the lower back region (lumbar spine), puts pressure on one element of the sciatic nerve, which becomes swollen and inflamed causing a burning pain to run down the leg.
However, the term sciatica has become so common that it is now used to describe any leg pain that is referred from (originates in) the back. Quite often, the joints in the lower spine or certain muscles can refer pain down the legs giving similar pain to sciatica, which is not actually sciatica. It is important to get the correct diagnosis of the origin of your pain to ensure the best treatment outcomes. In general, sciatic pain, being referred from the muscles or joints can be relieved much quicker than the sciatic pain resulting from bulging discs in the spine.
Chiropractic care can treat specific discs and joint alignment issues, releasing pressure, and bringing the body back into balance to relieve pain.
There are two main types of headaches that people suffer from these being migraines and tension headaches.
Migraines are throbbing headaches which often last hours or days and usually effect one side of the head. They are often accompanied by visual disturbances and nausea and can be very debilitating. Migraines are fairly common, and it is estimated that are around two million people in Australia who suffer from migraines.
One of the common causes of migraine can be dysfunction in and around the top joints (occipital joints) in the neck. Many patients with this issue respond well to chiropractic care as it not only mobilises the joints, but it releases the sub occipital muscle tension to bring relief and help prevent future occurrences.
Tension headaches are headaches that are very persistent and often hang around for days or even weeks. They can affect any area of the head and are not usually accompanied by visual disturbance. The majority of this type of headache is caused by tension through the shoulders, which refers pain into the head. Postural issues, stress and lifestyle factors can contribute to these types of headache, but chiropractic care often brings relief and successfully helps manage these conditions.