At one time or another, almost everyone has suffered from some form of low back pain. Our Los Angeles Upper Cervical offices regularly see and help a host of chronic musculoskeletal disorders over the past 18 years. The majority of low back pain often happens after lifting heavy objects, exercise, or sitting for prolonged periods. While these are contributing factors, low back pain often is caused be a few underlying factors.
- Disc degeneration and degenerative joint disease
- Bulging disc
- IVF Spinal stenosis
- Piriformis Syndrome-Sciatica which includes low back pain and pain down the back of the leg
- Repetitive sprain/strain due to over-stressing muscles, tendons, or ligaments
- A traumatic injury
When dealing with low back pain, in some cases it goes away by itself. The body is a self-healing organism and it will make every attempt possible to always adapt heal and repair. However, if the underlying cause has not been addressed you may find that your pain continually occurs and may eventually become chronic.
You may find it surprising to learn that oftentimes the cause of low back pain and sciatica is due to misalignment at the top of the neck, at the atlas or axis (C1 and C2) vertebrae.
When these bones move out of their original positions, it causes the spinal cord to become irritated and decreases the body’s ability to function properly. This, in turn, creates postural imbalances, unequal tension on one side of the body, and muscle spasms.
All of this can cause a problem in the lower back. Next, we will explain how Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic, a specialty within the profession can help gently and precisely correct the underlying problem.
What Is Upper Cervical Chiropractic? Our Los Angeles Upper Cervical Chiropractic offices
Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a discipline within chiropractic that deals with the relationship of the upper cervical spine and the central nervous system. With respect to low back pain, the postural centers located in the spinal cord at the base of the skull are responsible for controlling normal postural muscle tone. When these centers are not functioning properly abnormal posture results. Abnormal posture over the long term causes chronic muscle spasticity as your body tries to deal with balancing itself upright against gravity. Once postural imbalance exists stresses and strains placed on the nervous system cause it to lose some of its adaptive capabilities and more health problems can result.
What Causes Upper Cervical Spine Misalignments?
Trauma is the number one cause of upper cervical injury. Car accidents, whiplash injuries, sports trauma, and other injuries can injure the supporting soft tissue of the neck head relationship. The head weighs as much as a bowling ball and rests on the atlas (c-1) weighing two ounces. As a result, it is the most susceptible area of the spine to injury. Once an injury occurs a chain reaction of events happens throughout the body that leads to postural imbalance and sets the stage for lower health in the body.
What Does An Upper Cervical Doctor Do? Our Los Angeles Upper Cervical Offices
Once it is determined that you have an upper neck misalignment precise digital x-rays or cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) images are taken to view the exact direction of spinal misalignment. Each person’s joint anatomy is different. Each person has a unique spinal misalignment pattern.
Our goal is to glean that information so a precise painless spinal correct can be made. The correction has no twisting popping or pulling. Once corrected the patient is monitored over time to ensure recovery.
Adjustments ARE NOT MADE EVERY VISIT. When the correction is holding in its normal position and there is no brainstem and nervous system interference this is when healing occurs. So, our goal is for the patient to stay in alignment. Our goal is for no correction to be necessary.
If you or a loved one has low back pain or any other chronic health condition, we would love to take care of you in our office. If you are outside of the Los Angeles area call one of our offices and we would be happy to find an upper cervical chiropractor near me (you). We offer a free consultation. Call us today: Los Angeles (213) 399 - 7772Carson (310) 324 - 6172