“I found Dr. Laura about 3 ½ months ago and within the first treatment I felt relief. Now the leg pain is completely gone, I have increased range of motion in my back and neck, I don’t wake up in pain every day and I can now do most things I had to avoid before. I still have work to do but I am so thankful that I found Laura.”
Lyndsay B., Evolve Patient. Read more about Lyndsay’s experience with chiropractic for sciatica here
Around this time of year, your back is likely experiencing all the stress induced from extra shopping and running around. Unfortunately, for sciatica sufferers, that means double the pressure and pain on the spine. We want those dealing from sciatica to know that chiropractic care can help immensely to alleviate and manage persistent pain, especially during those high stress times.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates from your lower back down your buttock and leg. The pain appears in the leg, but the culprit is often the lower back.
It is a term used to define the irritation along the sciatic nerve, which is the widest and longest nerve in the human body. The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back, formed by many root nerves as they exit the spine. It is important to note that most sciatica typically originates in the lower back nerve roots. Sciatica pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning electrical sensation.
How Sciatica Develops
Sciatica may develop when a nerve root is compressed in your lower spine — often as a result of a herniated or bulging disc in your lower back.
Sciatica is often the result of cumulative damage. Years of bad posture, poor muscle tone, excess weight or countless other causes set the stage for the condition. Something as simple like bending over to tie your shoes can trigger an episode. Cough, sneezing, and prolonged sitting can further aggravate symptoms.
As you can see, there are a variety of causes behind sciatica. We have listed the main ones below:
• Spinal Decay
• Spinal Misalignments
• Disc Herniation
• Degenerative Disc Disease
• Spinal Stenosis
• Nutritional Deficiencies
How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Sciatica
Chiropractic is a safe and effective natural approach for sciatica pain. Chiropractic care is rooted in the philosophy that restricted movement in the spine may lead to reduced function and pain.
Your chiropractor will utilize gentle techniques to renew your spine’s proper alignment so the pressures imposed on your nervous system are released. In turn, corrections of your spine’s misalignments will provide relief of sciatica pains. Ultimately, the goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to restore spinal biomechanics and, as a result, improve function, reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve, reduce pain, and revitalize your own healing ability.
Research has revealed the effectiveness of chiropractic care in managing sciatica, as patients have reported significant alleviation of pain, fewer pain days during recovery, faster returns to the workplace and less dependency on pain relief medications than those who went without chiropractic care. One study even showed that most patients benefited from spinal correction to the same extent as if the underwent surgery.
Wellness Media. [pamphlet] Sciatica: The Relief you Need with Chiropractic. Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia: Wellness Media Resources.