From managing staff and billing insurance companies to keeping basic operations humming along, chiropractors in private practice must be prepared to wear many hats. Research suggests many chiropractic students feel unprepared to juggle the demands of simultaneously serving as health practitioner, business owner, financial planner and office manager.
Your sciatic nerve acts as an information superhighway, carrying messages from the lower back through the buttocks and down the back of each leg. When it becomes compromised, the effects can be debilitating.
Characterized by pain in the lower back and leg, sciatica—which is not a diagnosis but a description of symptoms—can occur anytime the sciatic nerve gets compressed. Fifteen to 40 percent of the population will experience sciatica over the course of their lives, due to a variety of causes and most commonly between the ages of 25 and 45.
Of course, anything you do 40 hours a week, non-stop, for half your life or more is bound to have long-term effects. For employees—particularly those who work long hours hunched over a computer screen—those can range from stress and elevated blood pressure to depression and diabetes. For employers, they come in the form of billions of dollars lost to slagging productivity, sick days and medical payouts.
Chronic pain can be frustrating, particularly when it doesn’t respond to the usual treatments. That’s what makes chiropractors such powerful healers—they have a variety of chiropractic techniques at their disposal to help patients avoid medication or surgery.
Flexion distraction is one of those techniques. A gentle form of manual therapy, this low-force alternative can help relieve back and neck pain caused by a variety of conditions, from ruptured discs to whiplash to spinal stenosis. In one study, flexion distraction proved more effective than physical therapy at keeping pain away up to a year after the initial treatment.