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Sciatica Pain: How Can Chiropractic Help?

Sciatica Nerve Diagram

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain that travels along the path of the sciatic nerve. Most people only experience sciatica on one side of their body. The pain can be mild or severe. It happens when irritation, inflammation, pinching or compression affect one or more nerves that run down your lower back and into your legs.

What Are The Symptoms of Sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms can include:

  • Pain. Most people describe sciatica pain as burning or like an electric shock. This pain also often shoots or radiates down the leg on the affected side. Pain commonly happens with coughing, sneezing, bending or lifting your legs upward when lying on your back.
  • Tingling or Numbness. This occurs most often when a herniated disk or an overgrowth of bone puts pressure on part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.
  • Muscle Weakness. Loss of strength or weakness in the back or legs. This can also be due to a pinched nerve.

What Causes Sciatica?

Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. Because of the length and placement of this nerve, sciatic pain is very difficult to ignore and can often prevent you from walking, sitting, or standing as you normally would. The pain may be worse while you are sitting, as this stretches the muscles and puts further pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Common causes of sciatica include, but not limited to:

  • Slipped, herniated or misaligned spinal discs
  • Degenerating discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Piriformis syndrome (a pain disorder involving the narrow muscle in the buttocks)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Pregnancy
  • Injuries or Accidents

How Can Chiropractic Help?

Spinal Decompression Therapy

At Live Well Chiropractic, we use Spinal Decompression Therapy for patients with Sciatica. The non-invasive HillDT Spinal Decompression table gently pulls and releases the spine allowing herniated discs, misaligned vertebrae and soft tissue structures to be drawn away from the sciatic nerve. This relieves the pressure and irritation placed on the sciatic nerve and hence decreases  pain and other related symptoms.

Chiropractic Adjustment

Our Chiropractors also use spinal manipulations to allow a herniated disc to rest back into position and take the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Chiropractic Adjustments can also free limited spinal movement and restore misaligned vertebral discs. This technique varies from a quick high-velocity thrust to a combination of minimal force and gentle pressure. It allows the chiropractor to gently move the lower back vertebral to avoid pressing on the sciatic nerve. This will lessen the pain as well as regain nerve signal flow and mobility. 


Sciatica pain is uncomfortable and demobilizing, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve been dealing with shooting pain and discomfort, chiropractic treatment can help. At Live Well Chiropractic, throughout your individualised treatment, you will be educated on what is causing your pain and how our methods can help you manage it.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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