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Sciatica

Sciatica, which involves 3 nerves in the low back is a common term that generally is used to describe leg pain. Sciatic pain often occurs with low back discomfort, where radiating pain is going the affected leg.

At Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore, our main goal is to get to the root of the issue and handle it with precise non-invasive techniques that help relieve pain altogether. Remember, you do not have to live in pain as Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore has the solutions.

"Remember, PAIN is a warning signal and is the LAST symptom to appear.
If left untreated, it becomes CHRONIC"

Leg Pain

Leg pain is often thought to be correlated solely to disc herniation (degeneration/injury of a vertebral disc). In some common cases that would be true, but as Chiropractors we often ask ourselves: “Does disc herniation always cause leg pain?” and the answer is not always a definitive NO.

In some cases, vertebral disc can cause direct pain to the low backtests like an MRI would have to be done to determine if it is the case. Over the years, it is inevitable that the disc may degenerate since it is a physiological process of aging. There are many bad habits that we adopt (i.e. sitting hours, wrong lifting technique, “Text Neck” etc.) that speed up this degenerative; the problem is that this is taking epidemic proportions in the population because of long working hours, stress and poor ergonomics just to name a few. 

According to studies, vertebral discs are now more prone to prolapse (first stage of disc injury) between the age of 20 and 50. In this time interval, most of the internal fluid content of the disc gets lost, the gel like portion of the discs starts to dry out faster than normal causing a lost in its softness. Thus, It might bring us to think that a dehydrated(drying) disc is healthier: No. Since the time between our 20 and 50 years of age is the one in which we make more efforts and put more load on our spines. It is essential and necessary to have constant and appropriate hydration to keep your discs functioning.

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What is the cause of Sciatica and leg pain?

Most of the people with sciatica worry only about the pain. Pain is most of the time an alarm bell from your body telling us that something is wrong, not functioning correctly. At Healing Hands, it is of paramount importance to understand the primary causes of dysfunction that over time cause pain.

One of the most common causes of sciatic pain comes in fact from the pelvis. Rotation of the pelvis is most common often due to our increasingly sedentary lifestyle. These rotations though cause significant changes in the normal movement of the whole spine. It results in an alteration of the normal load distribution, which can over time lead to injury of ligaments or intervertebral discs.

A pelvic dysfunction can also cause leg pain even in the absence of disc herniation. The rotation of the pelvis can cause an unbalance of tension and tone of the leg musculature, causing pain.

Specific vertebral blockages (parts of the spine that do not move as they should be) can also decrease the function of some stabilizing muscles. Let’s say that a spinal blockage is “switching off” your Psoas Major muscle, which is one of the muscles in your body that supports your lumbar vertebra and the intervertebral disc at the same time. In this case, the result would be an unstable spine, which can lead to muscle spasm, misalignment of the spine, inflammation and even injury of the discs and joints in the spine. At Healing Hands we aim to restore the functions of your body through the use of spinal adjustments and other modalities of treatments to create more natural support for your spine.

Why looking for the cause is essential?

It is essential to understand as soon as possible if a real disc herniation causes the leg pain or whether the culprit is something else, such as rotation of the pelvis, a muscular problem or a ligament overuse. We collect as many information as we can to understand where the problem is coming from so we can consequently treat the patient in the best possible way.

Some of the causes of leg pain were listed above, but as chiropractors, we always consider if a disc is damaged, injured or highly inflamed (hot disc), in order to determine if other interventions are needed other than Chiropractic. When a real injury of the intervertebral disc occurs, our priority is to reduce the inflammation in the area affected and to decrease any potential pressure if the inflamed disc-over the spinal nerve roots. With time, then we will focus to correct misalignments, articular dysfunction and restore the function of the stabilizing muscles.

If you experience leg pain, you might want to get it to check to understand where your problem is coming.

What To Expect During Your 1st Visit

Fill up your particulars and current health conditions. 

This is to allow our chiropractor to better understand your current condition and also for future references on your recovery progress with us at Healing Hands. 

Identifying postural imbalances to detect any differences in weight between the right and the left sides of the body, alignment from our head all the way down to our hips.
Tyron thermographic spinal scan helps to measure the muscle temperature around the spine. It detects areas with the greater temperature where muscles are working harder due to poor posture.

Tour around Healing Hands & a brief introduction by our lovely staff.

 

Identifying Postural imbalances to detect for any difference in weight between the right and the left sides of the body, alignment from our head all the way down to our hips.

 

Spinal examination uses our advanced Tytron thermographic spinal scan to help measure the muscle temperature.

1-on-1 consultation with our Chiropractors with a detailed review of your health history.

Our Chiropractor will investigate and educate you on the necessary steps forward in reaching your health goals.

Our Chiropractors will perform a series of range of motion tests to determine your current body condition and an adjustment will be administered if deemed clinically safe to do so.

Our Chiropractors will use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled force to the spinal joints.

A “Crack” or “Pop” sound may occur as your spine gets manipulated. Do not be alarmed, as the adjustment releases trapped gasses from your joints.

X-Rays will be prescribed so that we can accurately diagnose your condition before prescribing a customised treatment program.

It is also for your safety and for us to rule out any possible underlying conditions that cannot be treated by Chiropractic.

The review of your X-rays is complimentary at your following visit if you take up the X-rays with our preferred diagnostic partners.

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