Sciatica or sciatic neuralgia is a commoncondition in which one of the spinal nerve roots of the sciatic nerve is compressed resultingin lower back, buttock and leg pain. Sciatic nerve is a large nerve derived from 5 spinalnerve roots: L4, L5, S1, S2 and S3. It runs from the lumbar spine through the buttockdown the leg and the foot on the posterior aspect. There is one sciatic nerve on eachside of the body. Typically, only one side of the body is affected.A typical sciatica pain is described as a sharp shooting pain in the lower back, downthe buttock, thigh and leg on one side of the body. There may also be numbness, burningand tingling sensations. The pain can get
worse with sitting, moving, sneezing, or coughing.The patterns of pain depend on which nerve root is compressed, and follow the dermatomedistribution. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniatedspinal disc. The spinal disc is a soft elastic cushion that sits in between the vertebraeof the spine. With age, the discs become rigid and may crack, the gellike center of thedisc may protrude out and become a herniation outside the normal boundaries of the disc.Disc herniation presses on the nerve root as it exits the spine.In majority of the cases the condition resolves by itself after a few weeks of rest and conservativetreatment. Pain relief, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory
drugs and muscle relaxants may be prescribed.Stretching exercises and physical therapy may be recommended.Surgery may be needed if the pain doesn't go away after 3 months or more of conservativetreatments. The herniated disc may be removed in a procedure called discectomy. Or, in anotherprocedure called laminotomy, part of the bone of the vertebrae may be cut to make room forthe nerve.
Adrenal Stress treated with Chiropractic and Applied Kinesiology
We're here again with Stefania. You may recall in our first session, we addressed her problemsassociated with a past physical trauma. Since then we've had one other session. So from the first session how do you feel now Stefaniaé Quite well, especially my leg which feels stronger. Stefania sent me a message saying that she went to a wedding yesterday. Why don't you tell us how it went.
For a few years nowI haven't been able to stand for very long, especially in high heeled shoes. Finally yesterday, after an entire day of standing with high heels I didn't have any problems with my right leg. No pain, but while standing, I did feel something, however it was nothing like before.
Reassessment of leg muscles which were treated in precedence. Push toward the wall. Good. Good. Good. Tibialis Posterior, resist. It tests weak. Resist toward the wall.
Resist. It tests weak. These 3 muscles tested strongby the end of the first treatment. This suggests that, apart from the residual effects of past trauma, an underlying problem exists and it's allowing the muscle weakness to recur. The 3 muscles now testing weak, Posterior, Gracilis, and Sartorius, are all related to the adrenal glands.
That is, every muscle has an associated organ or gland and when there is dysfunction of the organ or gland, the associated muscle will test weak. I can verify this by having Stefania touch two points on her abdomen, associated with the adrenal glands, and then retest the muscles. Resist my pressure. Now they test strong Gracilis.
Pull. Tests strong. Sartorius. Resist my pressure. Tests strong. This suggests a correlation between the muscle weakness and the adrenal glands. In the initial interview, Stefania told us of her symptoms: sweaty hands and feet,