Lumbar Control Panel

Digestive problems? Taking care of the spine might just take care of that bellyache as well!

The lumbar region of the spine, more commonly referred to as the "lower back," is often the source of many health problems we see. This area of the spine serves as the distribution center for your brain's control and regulation of many important organs and tissues. And while the nervous system is very complex and every organ or tissue has multiple nerve supplies, here's a new way of thinking about many common health complaints.

If a patient suffers from constipation or other digestive issues, we'll be especially vigilant in our examination of the area of L1 (the first lumbar vertebrae), since this is the source of many nerve communications that control the large intestines.

Do you suffer from varicose veins, cramps or poor bladder control?
The nerves that exit the spine in the vicinity of L2 control the appendix, abdomen, bladder and upper legs.

Irregular/painful periods, impotency, miscarriages, knee pain? L3 nerves are involved with the bladder, sexual organs, uterus and knees.

How about sciatica, painful/frequent urination or backaches? L4 could be involved since the nerves there control the prostate gland and lower back muscles.

And if you experience leg cramps, cold feet, or swollen/weak ankles or legs, some of the nerves exiting at L5 could be the culprits. L5 controls the lower legs, ankles and feet.

So it's clear that the lumbar spine and its associated nerves affect numerous parts of the body. Many of the sensations you feel in your feet, legs, pelvis, lower abdomen and lower back travel through the nerves of the lumbar spine to higher regions of the spine on their way to your brain.

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned here, or know someone who is, please urge them to visit our practice for a thorough Chiropractic examination and Nutrition Response Testing Analysis.

Posted in Chiropractic, Healthy Lifestyle, Nutritional Healing. Tagged as chiropractic examination, constipation, cramps, digestive issues, impotency, Nutrition Response Testing, sciatica, varicose veins.


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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.