Pain that radiates through the buttocks and numbness that radiates down to the foot is a strong indicator of Sciatica. This type of pain is usually worse after a long period of standing or sitting. Sciatica is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations (misaligned vertebral bodies), herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one’s back pocket wallet. A chiropractic adjustment frees restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned vertebral bodies to their proper position in the spinal column. Spinal adjustments help to reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica. Spinal manipulation is proven to be safe and effective treatment for Sciatica.
Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatica
Doctors of Chiropractic medicine regularly treat sciatica. Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity and frequency; minimal, moderate, severe and occasional, intermittent, frequent or constant.
Pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia. A misconception is that sciatica is a disorder – however, sciatica is really a symptom of a disorder.
The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help the body’s potential to heal itself. It is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function and performance. Chiropractic care is non-invasive (non-surgical) and drug-free. The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient’s sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include… Read More
Sciatica and Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic treatment for sciatica is a treatment option taken up by many patients. The science of chiropractic is based on the belief that the human body has everything it needs to heal itself, as well as the potential to do so. While chiropractors do not claim to heal injuries or relieve pain, they do bring your spine and body back into correct alignment and balance so that it can heal itself. This is why chiropractic is often such a successful sciatica treatment.
Chiropractic is a drug-free and non-invasive therapy that is effective at addressing many health issues. There are different styles and methods of chiropractic which are followed by these fully trained professionals.
One of the most common causes of sciatica is compression of the sciatic nerve root in the lower back. This compression causes irritation of the nerve and inflammation around it and these factors cause the pain and other symptoms that are commonly experienced with sciatica. The sciatic nerve is the longest in the body, traveling from the lower back, down the back of the thigh and into the lower leg, which explains why sciatica pain can be felt anywhere along this path.
Compression of the nerve is caused by a number of conditions but many of them result from a problem with the alignment of the spine. This is where chiropractic becomes a useful treatment for sciatica because the aim of the chiropractor is to… Read More