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.
Sciatica symptoms can include:
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:
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.
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.
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