HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE CAN HELP WITH SCIATICA PAIN
Updated: Oct 14, 2022
Apart from lower backache and neck pain, many people complain of sciatica pain. But the most irritating thing about sciatica pain is that some people complain of leg pain and others about the lower back pain. Obviously, many people cannot define the sciatica pain.
What is Sciatica pain?
Sciatica pain can be described as the pain that originates in the low-back and travels to one or both legs. It gets its name from sciatic nerve that runs from the low-back or buttocks down to the toes. Common symptoms of sciatica pain are pain from the back to the thighs and down to the legs. Apart from the pain, people also experience tingling sensation and numbness or weakness of the leg muscles. In many cases, sciatica pain affects the one leg.
Causes of Sciatica pain
The pain, numbness or weakness linked with sciatica is mainly caused by pressure or the damage to the sciatic nerve. Some of the common causes are:
• Disc herniation – the discs in your spine can bulge out causing the pain.
•Trapped nerve at the lumbar spine can affect the spinal nerve causing a painful experience.
• Piriformis syndrome – this is a muscle in the buttocks. In some instances, it can become tight causing sciatica pain.
How chiropractic-care can help with sciatica-pain
One of the main purposes of chiropractic care is to assist the body to heal itself. It is a non-surgical and drug-free treatment that is used to treat various joint and muscle pains. Apart from helping with sciatica pain, chiropractic treatment can help with back pain, leg pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and injury pain. However, the type of chiropractic therapy depends on the case and the cause of the pain.
When you visit our chiropractic care clinic, Dr. Harvey will start by examining the cause of the sciatica pain. After performing several physical tests, and assessing your personal and familial history, he will use the data to determine the source of sciatica pain. He will then create a treatment plan that may include exercise therapy, chiropractic adjustments, non-surgical spinal decompression, posture advice, and stretching. The aim of the above treatment plan is to relax the muscles, reduce inflammation, strengthen the weakened muscles, and to enhance the mobility of the joints.
Some of chiropractic treatment modalities include:
• Cold/ice therapy – helps to reduce inflammation and reduce sciatica pain.
• Ultrasound – gentle heat that is created by sound waves to penetrate deep into the tissues. It helps to improve circulation, swelling, pain, and stiffness.
• Adjustments – there are several chiropractic adjustments that are safe, effective and help to reduce nerve irritability.
Why choose a chiropractor for sciatica pain
Chiropractic care is a treatment technique that has numerous health benefits. Together with relieving the pain and reducing any inflammation, a chiropractor can help you live a healthy life. Today, most professional athletes prefer chiropractic care over other treatments because it is safe, quicker and no surgeries. According to numerous studies, chiropractic treatment is one of the most effective treatments for relieving sciatica pain among other muscle and joint pains.