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Leg pain ranges from aching in the lower leg and widespread pain caused by varicose veins (poor circulation) to overuse of muscles and knee joint problems. When rest and elevation of legs do not eliminate achiness or leg pain is accompanied by tingling and numbness, you should see your chiropractor in Los Altos for a complete physical examination to determine the underlying reason for chronic leg pain. Following a diagnosis, your chiropractor can then develop a treatment plan involving chiropractic care, physiotherapy, and orthotics, if needed.
It is important to determine the cause of leg pain. Your chiropractor in Los Altos may discover your pain is due to one or more of the following:
When leg pain is due to compression of nerve roots extending into your lower back, your final diagnoses may be sciatica. Characterized by numbness, weakness, tingling and intense pain in either leg, sciatica is one of the most common causes of leg pain and typically results from a lumbar spine subluxation, muscle spasm, or misalignment of the spinal vertebrae. In addition to pregnancy, diabetes or undetected spine disorders, bulging or herniated discs can also compress and irritate these sensitive nerve roots associated with the sciatic nerve.
Adjustments (Spinal Manipulation) At the core of chiropractic care are spinal adjustments. Manipulation frees restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned vertebral bodies to their proper position in the spinal column. Spinal adjustment helps to reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica. Adjustments are generally comfortable and pain-free. Spinal manipulation is proven to be safe and effective.
Dr. Reimer offers a variety of holistic and chiropractic techniques, including non-force, to alleviate leg pain without drugs or surgery. To remove compression off nerve roots, she may recommend a chiropractic adjustment to gently restore spinal alignment so that vertebrae are no longer pressing against nerves. Chiropractic adjustments may also reduce symptoms of other health problems exacerbated by less-than-optimal nervous system functioning.
Massage therapy and/or Graston therapy accompanied by a chiropractic adjustment supports pain relief by easing joint aches and healing injured leg muscles. Physiotherapy involves the use of multiple chiropractic treatments for leg pain such as rehabilitative exercises, moist heat therapy, and traction. All these therapies work by increasing endorphin levels in the body and removing toxins causing soft tissue inflammation.
Sometimes, leg pain may be caused by wearing shoes that fail to address foot problems. Orthotic technology can help relieve leg pain by providing customized inserts for all types of shoes designed to treat your specific arch, toe or foot sole condition.
If you suffer chronic leg pain, please call Reimer Chiropractic and Massage Wellness Center today at 650-492-6067 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mary Reimer.