What is Sciatica?
Many people use the term sciatica incorrectly. Sciatica is pain along the path of the sciatic nerve which extends from the lower back down each leg. Sciatica is a symptom (like itching), it is not a diagnosis (like Parkinson’s disease). Sciatica can range from an occasional nuisance to excruciating pain that makes walking near impossible. There can be multiple underlying reasons for your sciatic nerve pain.
A chiropractor can help find the root cause of the problem with an exam and may also order some diagnostic imaging such as an x-ray, MRI or CT scan to examine the underlying structures.
To answer the question, ‘what is sciatica’ it is helpful to explain some of the relevant anatomical structures. The sciatic nerve is both the longest and the widest nerve in your body. It begins in the lower back as five separate nerves that extend from five different vertebrae – L4, L5, S1, S2, and S3. These nerves meet up to form one large bundle which runs through the buttocks and down the entire length of the leg. The sciatica nerve is responsible (directly or indirectly) for nearly all the sensation in your leg including the skin of the thigh and gluts.
Sciatica occurs when there is compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain is felt in the low back and leg, but the site of the pain isn’t always the site of the underlying issue. Since the sciatica nerve is so long and travels around or through the large muscles of the buttocks, it takes an expert to determine if the pain is coming from disc compression, from muscle spasms or from something else. Again, sciatica is a symptom, not a diagnosis.
While sciatica is most often associated with pain, other symptoms may be present such as tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness. The pain can be nearly constant or intermittent. If you think you are experiencing sciatic nerve pain, keep a record of the location, duration and intensity of the pain. Your specific history plays an important role in determining the cause of the pain.
Treatment for sciatica depend on the underlying cause, so there is no one recommended course of treatment for all sciatic pain sufferers. Chiropractors use a variety of non-invasive approaches that include spinal manipulation, physical therapy, targeted stretching and active muscle release. They’ll also discuss the role that nutrition and hydration play in reducing tissue inflammation and keeping discs healthy. The spine, discs, muscles and soft tissue all have a role to play in sciatica and should be evaluated and treated as a connected system.
The most important thing to take away from this article is that sciatica (sciatic nerve pain) is a symptom of an underlying condition. You’ll only start to get better once the underlying condition is identified and this is done through a combination of an exam, history and recommended diagnostic imaging. We can do this for you - click below to set up your evaluation with Dr. Lizie Pilicy.
Finally lose the weight and keep it off
Do you have trouble losing weight no matter how good you eat or how much you exercise?
Are you someone who has struggled with weight gain throughout your life? Maybe at some point you lost that weight and then somehow gained it back? Have you found yourself yo-yo dieting, or perhaps in the past you've tried the latest diet or fitness trends that your friends are on, yet you find they don't work for you because the weight keeps coming back?
Your inability to lose weight is not your fault...
Have you heard of LEPTIN RESISTANCE? Studies have found that leptin resistance, chronic inflammation, hypertension, myocardial disease, hormone shifts, weight gain, obesity and the inability to lose weight often go hand-in-hand.
LEPTIN RESISTANCE can also lead to health conditions such as:
Your "Satiety Hormone" may hold the key to achieving your weight loss goals.
Leptin Resistance, often referred to as the "satiety hormone," is an important master hormone your body releases from fat cells to help regulate your energy expenditure. Leptin also crosses the blood-brain barrier to communicate with the hypothalamus in the brain to signal when you are hungry or full.
If leptin is the master hormone that tells you when it is time to stop eating—and leptin is produced by fat cells—more fat cells should equal more leptin and hunger levels should shut down. Unfortunately, in people who are overweight, leptin resistances often develop.
When leptin resistances develop, leptin signaling is interrupted, so that no matter how much leptin is produced, the brain does not get the message. Instead of interpreting that extra leptin coming from all those extra fat cells as a signal to stop eating, the malfunctioning metabolic and endocrine systems read the flood of leptin as a starvation alert. The result is uncontrollable cravings for food high in fat and carbohydrates to increase fat stores. The master hormone designed to police weight levels becomes at best ineffective.
Correcting leptin resistance can restore hormonal balance and possibly help you to control your appetite and shed stubborn pounds.
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What causes disease?
Subluxation (Nerve Stress or Damage) ->
Causes Body and Mind miscommunication and dis-ease.
When you have subluxation
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7 Tips for Backpack Safety
Incorrect wear of backpacks and bookbags can also contribute to health problems including pain in the back, neck, and shoulders, or the development of poor posture. Making sure that your children wear their backpacks properly can help prevent pain and posture problems. Follow the seven backpack safety tips below to help your children wear their backpacks safely and correctly, and avoid over packing this school year.
7 Tips to follow to Keep Your Child Safe
Tip #1: Start with a lightweight backpack.
Make sure the backpack is made of a lightweight but durable material.
Tip #2: Make sure the shoulder straps are wide and padded.
Wide, padded straps provide support and prevent the straps from becoming too tight. Your child’s straps should be snug, but not so tight that they cause discomfort.
Tip #3: The back should also be padded.
Padding that sits against your child’s back will provide additional support and prevent discomfort.
Tip #4: Look for a backpack with a waist strap.
A waist strap holds the contents closer to your child’s back, which can help him or her maintain balance.
Tip #5: Multiple compartments are a plus.
If your child’s backpack has multiple compartments, it will be easier to evenly distribute the weight of the items inside. The heaviest items should be packed low and toward the center of the bag.
Tip #6: Both straps should be worn at all times.
Make sure your child is always wearing both straps. Wearing both straps can also help distribute the weight more evenly and prevent your child from leaning to one side, which can cause pain in the neck, back, or shoulders. It also makes losing his or her balance less likely.
Tip #7: Do not overload!
Your child’s backpack should weight no more than 15 percent of his or her total body weight. Anything more can force children to slouch or hunch to compensate for the extra weight. Remove any items that are unnecessary, and encourage your children to carry heavier items in their arms, if possible.
If your child complains of back pain or discomfort, be sure to take a look at what is in his or her backpack. Encourage your child to carry his or her backpack according to the steps above. Backpacks with wheels are also an option for children experiencing discomfort. If pain persists, it is recommended you follow up with your child’s doctor.
For more information, please visit the kids’ page for backpack safety. Make sure your child has a happy, healthy school year ahead. Visit our office to get checked.
Minor Car Accidents Aren’t So Minor
For the past decade, I have spent a lot of time researching about injuries from car accidents and their long term effects on health. This includes the ligament damage, tiny fractures and concussions that few doctors know how to measure and fewer attorneys even know exist. So what have I learned that you should know:
While most concussion symptoms may resolve within three months, most people also have problems that last for many years, including:
If the NFL admitted to the damage a 250 pound linebacker can do at 25 mph, imagine the damage a 3 ton vehicle can do to you at only 3 mph. (Keep in mind that Force = mass x acceleration. The more mass the more force.)
By the way, a federal judge ruled on February 2, 2017 that the $765 million settlement offer from the NFL is insufficient.
If you or someone you know has been in what you think is a ‘minor’ accident, don’t brush it off and get back in the game. Instead follow the NFL’s lead and get checked and have the treatment you need to reduce the risk of further complications down the road.
Headaches are a common source of pain for a large number of Americans.
While a wide variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications have been developed to relieve this pain, they generally do little to address the underlying cause of the problem. In addition, many of these compounds can have unwanted side effects, particularly if they’re used often, over a prolonged period of time or in combination with other medicines. A growing awareness of both the limitations and risks of pharmaceuticals has led many headache sufferers to explore alternative approaches to managing them, including chiropractic.
Headaches occur for many reasons and can vary greatly in their intensity and duration. They may arise on their own (these are termed “primary headaches” and account for about 90% of all headaches) or be triggered as a result of some other health condition (described as “secondary headaches”). Chiropractic physicians most commonly encounter three types of headaches in their work:
How Chiropractic Can Help
There is a large and growing body of medical research that suggests chiropractic care can be effective in preventing or reducing the frequency and severity of primary headaches. There is also some evidence that it may have benefits for cervicogenic headache sufferers.
Chiropractic manipulation of the spine and neck is used to improve the alignment of the spine and relieve muscle tension. It also reduces nerve irritation and improves vascular flow. Our chiropractic physicians may also recommend massage and/or other therapies as part of a well-rounded treatment plan to maximize your healing. In addition, we'll create a unique program that addresses your concerns, and helps you achieve your goals. Recommendations may include exercise, stretching and relaxation techniques as well as nutritional strategies designed to help prevent future headaches.
If you or someone you know is looking for lasting relief from chronic headaches, we encourage you to call us today. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help you put an end to the suffering and get on with living.
Reduce Belly Fat and Lose Weight
If you are one of many people stuck in a weight loss plateau, you want to hear this... Let me reveal the nine very best supplements to beat a weight loss plateau so that you can finally crush your goals and achieve the body of your dreams.
I help people lose weight safely and mainly if you've already been through other programs, but still have yet to achieve the success you're looking for. If you are doing "everything right" and still at a plateau, you may want to look into optimizing your supplements. Besides taking a daily multivitamin, there are a few key supplements that may help curb appetite or boost your metabolism.
Here's the short list:
(this is not the same as the calcium supplements that you might take for your bone health. Calcium pyruvate is different. It is a natural substance naturally made in our bodies that helps with metabolism in the digestion of carbohydrates. Supplementing with calcium pyruvate should increase the amount of energy burn therefore allowing for more fat burning this is backed by scientific research. By the way the University of Pittsburgh found that calcium pyruvate does have a fat burning effect obese women were put on a 1,000 calorie diet for 21 days during this study the group receiving calcium pyruvate experienced 48% higher fat loss amounting to 3.2 extra pounds.
Chromium is an essential mineral that helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels reduces carb cravings, reduces fat mass, increases lean body mass and, combats insulin resistance. Although you can usually get enough chromium through diet there are supplements available a study by the biomedical research center at Louisiana State University found that taking 1000 milligrams of chromium supplements per day helps reduce hunger and food cravings, food intake and body weight.
CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID
Conjugated linoleic acid is also known as CLA.
CLA is a powerful polyunsaturated fatty acid that's found primarily in high quality beef and dairy products and may reduce body fat while preserving muscle however quality counts grass-fed beef has 300 to 500 percent higher amounts of CLA than other beef. So the best way to get CLA is through diet, but is not as effective CLA. Supplements can provide a decent amount vitamin b-12.
Cobalamin (b12) in is an essential b vitamin that plays a key role in cell metabolism and energy production. B12 basically helps converts fat into energy, so it's no wonder why it's so commonly used as a weight-loss supplement.
Not just for bones and teeth, it can actually help you lose weight we've known for a long time that vitamin D deficiency is associated with obesity, but recent research has found that taking vitamin D supplements can aid in weight loss a study of 400 patients found that those who took Vit. D lost 15% more weight.
7-keto DHEA this has been clinically shown to increase metabolism and contribute to healthy weight loss paired with diet and exercise 7 keto DHEA has been shown to accelerate fat loss threefold without any stimulant effect on the body.
5-HTP is often used to control appetite and limit calorie intake. Many diet pills work by boosting the metabolism through stimulant mechanisms, but this only causes short-term unsustainable weight loss with potentially long-term side effects. Using 5-HTP for weight loss works in a different way. Although it's not a stimulant, it helps to curb hunger cravings. This makes it easier to avoid overeating and consequently lose weight.
If you're familiar with the French paradox, which I think you are, the thought that French people can eat and drink what they want and still remain slim; then you may be familiar with Resveratrol, which is an antioxidant derived from red wine. There's ongoing research that suggests to incorporate this powerful supplement into your daily routine. In regard to metabolism, it functions as an appetite suppressant, which can help you eat less and lose weight. RESVERATROL has many other health benefits.
The community of microorganisms living in your digestive tract – better known as gut flora – play an important role in all aspects of your health including weight loss. In fact a healthy gut is the hidden key to weight loss. By taking probiotics you can help balance your gut flora. You can get probiotics from fermented foods such as natural yogurts and pickles or you can take live culture supplements.
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Knee Injuries: Causes & Prevention
I get boatload of questions about knees, and—oddly enough—I am fascinated with knees! I spent my career as a soccer player protecting my own knees, and because knee injuries are so common, I’ve dedicated my career as a doc to learning everything I can about them and specifically how to heal from knee injuries as well as how to prevent knee injuries.
How knee injuries occur and more importantly how to prevent them, or—in the very least—help you determine if you are at risk for knee injury and reduce your risk of knee injury....
Essentially, within your knee, you have FOUR major ligaments:
CAUSES OF KNEE INJURIES
Knee injuries are not always the result of a major impact, such as traumatic impacts during sports or auto accidents. The ligaments in your knees (as well as the meniscus) could easily become injured during every day actions, such as stepping off the curb, while hiking or walking your dog.
Your knees may be at risk for injury
There are 3 key factors that put you at great risk for knee injury:
So let's discuss the two cruciate ligaments first, (as a side note, cruciate means cross-shaped, as is the case with the two ligaments within your knee joint: they form a cross, overlapping each other, and attach from the femur to tibia.
A very easy way to remember the names of your ligaments is based on their location within your knee joint: your ACL is more towards the front, while your PCL is more towards the back.
Nevertheless, to dive deeper into how they work and the purpose of your knee ligaments, we can look at what they are doing to stabilize your knees.
The easiest way to remember their FUNCTION is based on the movement of your tibia (the main bone in your lower leg), because they are named after the motion of the tibia they are PREVENTING. Therefore, we’ll use your tibia as a reference point, and how the ligaments prevent excessive motion of your tibia as it relates to your femur.
“Your ACL is more towards the FRONT of your knee and it prevents the tibia from moving too far FORWARD, while the PCL is more towards the BACK and it prevents the tibia from moving too far BACKWARDS.”
“Ligaments are thick, strong bands of tissue that connect the ends of bones together to form a joint. Ligaments also stabilize and strengthen the joint.”
ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT (ACL)
The main function of your ACL is preventing your tibia (shin bone) from traveling too far forward under your femur (thigh bone). Your ACL prevents forward motion of your lower leg (tibia). When your lower leg goes too far forward, it strains the ACL and causes ACL injures.
ACL INJURY - Your ACL can be injured through:
POSTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT (PCL)
So let's discuss the PCL; PCL stands for your Posterior Cruciate Ligament. Now, PCL injuries are much less commonly than the ACL injuries, partially because they go unrecognized, but more because your PCL is stronger, with 2,000 times the tensile strength as your ACL.
Although it is larger and stronger than the ACL, the PCL can be torn. PCL tears make up less than 20% of injuries to knee ligaments. Injuries that tear the PCL often damage some of the other ligaments or cartilage in the knee, as well.
Again, the main function of your PCL is preventing your tibia from traveling too far backwards under your femur.
If that's the primary function of the PCL, then the main way this ligament becomes injured is through traumatic incidences where the tibia is forcefully pushed too far backwards.
PCL injuries are often due to a blow to the knee while it's bent. Common causes include falling on your knee while it's bent or striking the knee against the dashboard during an auto accident. With a car accident, as an example, say you're driving and you have your knees bent like while sitting and you have a head-on collision. When your knees collide with the dashboard, the tibia is forced backwards with the impact.
Because the PCL is one of the strongest ligaments in your knee, it takes a traumatic incident or impact to injure it. That said, it could be injured if any of the above mentioned factors are at play: poor nutrition, joint misalignment, or improper biomechanics. All of those play a role. If you plant your foot and quickly change directions, as football and soccer athletes do during games, that is another way your PCL could be injured.
COLLATERAL LIGAMENTS (on the sides of your knee)
Now let's talk about the two collateral ligaments. Your MCL and LCL are on the middle (medial) and outside (lateral) portions of your knee, respectively.
MEDIAL COLLATERAL LIGAMENT (MCL)
So let's talk about the one injured more commonly, which is the MCL or your medial collateral ligament, on the inner part of your knee.
Your MCL prevents your knee from going inward.
This ligament can also be injured in a traumatic incident like a football tackle. Say someone tackles you and collides with the outer portion of your knee or thigh, and you're knee is forcefully pushed inward, that can cause an MCL injury.
Another example is if you have a mal-position, with a genu-valgum where your knees are constantly in a knock-kneed position. This could lead to constant ligament strain and over time cause injury.
If you have a muscle imbalance, where your gluteus maximus muscle is too weak, this can cause internal rotation of your femur. Your gluteus maximus is the main hip external rotator. Because your gluteus maximus externally rotates your hip, when it is weak your knees will always be turned inward and this can lead to your MCL being under constant stress, and can lead to your MCL becoming injured over time due to overuse.
LATERAL COLLATERAL LIGAMENT (LCL)
Now let's look at your LCL, which is not injured as frequently as the MCL. Your LCL is on the outside (lateral) portion of your knee.
Your LCL prevents your knee from going outward.
Your LCL could be injured—once again—through a traumatic incident. In this case, the LCL would be put under the most strain with a football tackle to the inner portion of your knees, where your knee is forcefully pushed outward.
In addition, your LCL will experience strain with an “athletic move” (or a sharp change of direction) after planting your foot, and rotating. This type of rapid change of direction across your body would strain the outside of your knee and LCL on the outside leg.
Like the MCL, the LCL can be injured or at risk if you have a mal-positioning known as a genu-varum, where your knees are constantly in a bowlegged position. If you're bowlegged, there is a greater amount of stress on your LCL.
If you currently have a knee injury or have had a knee injury in the past, let us know. We can help you heal your knee injury and get you back “in the game.”
If you're struggling to recover from a knee injury (before or after surgery) we can help you.
If you play sports and want to prevent knee injuries, definitely call us and set up a visit. We can perform simple tests to determine if you are at risk for knee injury and help you set a strong foundation to prevent any knee injury to your ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL and meniscus.
Functional Health & Chiropractic Care
14677 Midway Rd. Ste 101, Addison, TX 75001
Dr. Lizie Pilicy is a chiropractor in Addison, TX who has been helping people from the Addison and North Dallas area heal, get well and stay well through chiropractic care... to help people in Dallas improve their health. Affordable Chiropractic care in Dallas, TX is available!
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Functional Health & Chiropractic Care
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Healing and preventing Knee Ligament Injury (ACL, PCL, MCL, & LCL).
Best Probiotic Strains for Your Gut
The bacteria in your gut have a huge impact on your overall health and well-being. They influence how well you digest food and absorb nutrients, the strength of your immune system, and the health of your small intestine and colon… and that barely scratches the surface.
The importance of probiotics for supporting gut health cannot be overstated. The bacteria in your gut are a community and there are many types, or strains, of bacteria that make up that community. Here we’ll take a look at the nine best probiotic strains for supporting gut health, which are included in Young Living's Life-9 Probiotic Supplement.
Have you used probiotics? What’s been your experience? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts. Contact our office if you'd like to get these supplements.
You can get Life-9 by calling our office, or by becoming a Young Living Wholesale Member. Either way, we're happy to support you with your health needs.
Additional Probiotic Strands for health
It's that time of year again - Back to School!
Musculoskeletal pain and school bag use: a cross-sectional study among Ugandan pupils.
Mwaka ES, Munabi IG, Buwembo W, Kukkiriza J, Ochieng J. BMC Res Notes. 2014 Apr 9;7:222. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-7-222.
Backpacks may be seen as an easy way to carry books and other "scholastic materials".. but schoolbags are believed to contribute to back and other musculoskeletal problems for kids. This study set out to determine the prevalence of low back and other musculoskeletal pains, and to describe their relationship with schoolbag use for kids.
This study involved 532 students from six primary schools, with a mean age of 13.6 years. Only 19% had lockers at school.
Backpacks were the most common type of schoolbag and young children carried disproportionately heavier bags. Urban students carried significantly heavier bags, and were less likely to complain about schoolbag weight than the rural students.
Urban students carried significantly heavier bags, and were less likely to complain about schoolbag weight than the rural students. The majority of students complained of musculoskeletal pain, of which 35.4% was attributed to the schoolbags.
Teaching kids how to pack and carry their backpacks properly can prevent the pain and problems caused by carrying heavy backpacks. Contact our office to set up your visit.
Dr. Lizie Pilicy, Chiropractor and Nutritional Specialist, uses innovative holistic approaches to wellness incorporating mind, body, and spirit disciplines to assist with whole-being wellness.