How Chiropractic Care Can Ease Chronic Leg Pain
By Dr. Drew Voelsch
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Dealing with a condition that leaves you with leg pain on a daily basis can impact your quality of life in more ways than one, and depending upon the individual and the cause, the pain can be persistent and debilitating.
However, with the help of a chiropractor, you can find a way to manage your symptoms and move through the rest of your day feeling as good as possible. By restoring proper alignment of the spine and pelvis and treating the underlying problems, along with a combination of other therapies, you can find relief.
What are the Usual Causes of Leg Pain?
The main causes of leg pain typically have to do with the spine, pelvis, and hips, which are all connected by the spinal joints and disks, so they affect and are affected by one another. With the body’s dysfunctions, the following may conditions may also pave the way for the further development of leg pain:
- Muscle cramps;
- Side effects of medications;
- Nutritional deficiencies;
- Muscle strain or fatigue;
- Injury to joint, tendon, ligament, or muscle;
- Injury to ankles, hips, or knees;
- Poor biomechanics;
- Subluxations (spinal bone misalignments);
- Disc problems and more;
With all that in mind, chiropractors can help you with a variety of conditions that cause you to experience leg pain consistently.
A Focus on the Sciatic Nerve: Why Does It Impact Your Legs?
The sciatic nerve runs through the spine and pelvis, distributing its signals throughout the legs. It is responsible for the following functions:
- Sensation in the feet;
- Sensation in the lower legs;
- Sensation in the buttocks;
- Symmetry of the legs;
- Functions of the knees, ankles, and toes;
If the sciatic nerve is irritated at any point from the lumbar to the hips, it can cause pain in the lower back, buttocks, and legs. This is often referred to as sciatica.
How Exactly Does Chiropractic Care Help with Leg Pain?
Chiropractic care can help with leg pain because it addresses the underlying problem, which is the misalignment of the spinal bones. This misalignment may be so mild that it’s hard to detect, which can make the pain hard to pinpoint. Some of the techniques used to ease leg pain include the following:
Adjustments – The alignment of the spinal bones is restored with adjustments. This will relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve and restore normal communication between the brain, spinal column, and legs.
Soft-Tissue Therapy – Vibration-like tools and physical therapy are used to reduce inflammation and pain, and improve blood flow to the leg so pain is eased.
Exercises and Stretches – A combination of exercises for the lower back, hips, and legs are prescribed to improve range of motion and strengthen and stretch the muscles. On the other hand, stretching is used to relax and tighten the muscles, depending on the muscle that needs to be stretched.
Joint Bracing (Kinesio Taping) – Kinesio tape is used to provide support to the joints and ligaments so that the body can be properly aligned and the joints can heal and improve on their own.
The Bottom Line: Working Together with Chiropractors to Address Your Chronic Leg Pain
There are also other treatments that can be used to complement traditional chiropractic care, such as physical therapy, acupuncture, and nutritional therapy, to further improve the pain.
While chiropractic care can help alleviate the pain associated with your leg pain, the most important thing you can do is to understand the underlying causes of your condition so that you can make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent the symptoms from occurring again.
Chiropractors are more than just for neck adjustments, but for working with you on living a better life in general.
How Can We Help You?
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We’re a full-service chiropractic center that’s led by Dr. Drew Voelsch, the top Chiropractor in the area. We work with all types of patients, from those who are looking to get relief from pain to those who want to live better lives by staying in shape.
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