“Among people seeking back pain relief alternatives, most choose chiropractic treatment. About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, or 35%, are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Other complaints include pain in the neck, arms, and legs, and headaches.” -WebMD
Can Blair Upper Cervical care help Back Pain and Sciatica?
Another way of asking this question is …. “can fixing a neck problem fix a back problem”?
How can a neck problem affect my low back?
The answer to this is compensation, compensation, compensation. Our bodies are built to adapt. Let us start with how our bodies are set up to compensate. Your body has a reflex to keep your eyes level with the ground. This reflex is called your “Righting Reflex”. This “righting reflex” allows your eyes to stay level with the ground. Have you ever noticed that most people have eyes that are level with the ground? This happens because of your bodies amazing ability to adapt. So what happens if your neck gets knocked out of place? Most likely, one shoulder will pull up high on one side. This can often times cause a hip to pull up high on the opposite side to compensate. This uneven pressure can cause discomfort in your low back.
Example of a body compensating for a neck misalignment.
1. neck out of place (left ear high)
2. left shoulder low and left hip high
3. unequal pressure in low back = pain
These are common things we find in our office that can cause neck misalignment:
Falling off a horse
Falling down stairs
Hitting your head on something
Looking down at a computer all day
Trauma to a baby’s neck during childbirth
If you suffer from low back pain, and may have had an injury to your neck, schedule an appointment today by calling our office.