Symptoms of SciaticaDepending on the location of the irritation, sciatica may be felt in the lower back, in the buttocks, behind the thigh, or even below the knee. There may be pain, tingling, or numbness at any of these locations. The pain may also begin in the lower back and radiate down one leg. Pain is usually one-sided.
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Underlying Problems Leading to Sciatica
When the bones and muscles shift, this may place additional pressure on the lower back, especially a few key junctures when the sciatic nerve may suffer irritation. So how does correcting the upper cervical misalignment help?
The Effects of NUCCA on Sciatica
NUCCA is a specific type of upper cervical chiropractic that involves precise x-rays and a very gentle adjustment. One case study involved a man suffering from everything from hypertension to sciatica. After 16 NUCCA adjustments, his sciatica pain was greatly decreased, and he was able to stop taking his blood pressure medication.
When an upper cervical misalignment is corrected, the rest of the spine has a chance to heal and realign itself naturally. As a result, pressure may be released from the nerves and pain can be improved or eliminated.