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Heal your low back or sciatica

Lower back pain and sciatica (posterior buttock and leg pains) are frequent reasons for people to come to see Dr. Walsdorf. Lower back injuries are a leading cause of missed work, lost productivity, and medical expense. As a patient with lower back problems, he will tailor his treatments to fit the reasons behind your back condition. He has a system that addresses the different parts of a patient’s problem. The following are the four main therapies that a patient with lower back problems might receive.

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Skeletal Adjustments

Lower back misalignments can cause stiffness and pain in this portion of the spine. You may have a hard time bending forward or leaning backwards with a noticeable discomfort in your lower back, and even pain shooting down into your legs (sciatica).

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Postural Therapy

The postures we settle into having are the manifestation of how we have been living our lives. Our posture can either help us or adversely affect us. Although posture may be an important cause of people’s problems, most do not pay much attention to the way they hold themselves. Fortunately, improving your posture is always possible.

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Nutritional Therapy

We notice that people who have a hard time getting over their lower back injury often have a history of poor nutritional habits. Your body depends upon a host of nutritional materials to keep its bones, joint tissues, muscles and ligaments strong.

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Acupressure Therapy

The acupressure channels of the body are pulsing with energy. It is responsible for your level of “chi”, the Chinese term for life force energy. The more chi you have, the more energy your body has to heal your lower back problem. Dr. Walsdorf helps his patients draw more chi into their lower back. This is accomplished through his hands-on therapies, his exercise therapies, and his special physiotherapies.

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After my car accident 5 years ago, Dr. Walsdorf helped me get my lower-back back from terrible pain. Now that I’ve been in another car accident, I know I’m in the right place to get my injured back healed up. I always look forward to my office visits with Dr. Walsorf. He is one of the most caring and engaging of doctors I’ve ever had.
Jerry Evans

Subluxations occur when bones are slightly mal-positioned, a situation where two adjacent bones do not sit correctly upon one another. Subluxations that are not corrected can cause the lower back’s discs to slip out of proper positioning. This is what causes disc herniations, in addition to those pinched nerves.

Just below the lumbar vertebrae are your two sacroiliac joints. They both work to transmit gravitational forces from the spine to the legs, and are an important weight-bearing portion of the pelvis. These important joints can subluxate from too much sitting or falling hard onto the ground. Also, leg length inequality can cause these joints to subluxate. Misalignment of either the lumbar vertebrae or sacroiliac joints causes lower back pain.

Spinal misalignments also include “fixations”. This is when the bones are stuck in a certain position, and you are unable to properly engage in your daily movements. Fixations often give you the feel of stiffness and/or “blocked energy”. Some people will try to self-correct those fixations by stretching and twisting their lower back. It might feel good for a while, but it does not get to the root of the problem.

Stretching and twisting can actually perpetuate the problem by creating an overly flexible vertebra, which decreases back stability. The important point here is that there needs to be a balance between flexibility and stability within each vertebra. Dr. Walsdorf will adjust your spine so that these fixated spinal segments are more in balance with their vertebral neighbors.

Curve loss is a type of misalignment involving a loss of your normal lower back curve, often due to bad posture. When that curve is lost, much of the lower back’s resiliency against gravity is lost. Furthermore, when you lose that normal curve, forces that you generate from normal day-to-day actions cannot be dealt with as easily. Over the course of time, these day-to-day forces can cause arthritis, wear and tear on the facet joints of your lower back, and put excessive pressure on your lower back discs.

To sense the importance of curves, visualize Frankenstein ’s lower back as straight and having no curvature. Can you sense that as he walks all the forces pound into his vertebral bones, causing a wear and tear on his spine? Curves permit those forces that we generate while walking and other activities to be dissipated harmlessly, and to maintain the healthy function of your lower back.