You Don’t Have to Live With Pain!
Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve is irritated, causing pain down the back of the leg. The pain can start at the base of the spine (or buttock) and radiate all the way to the toes. It is usually experienced on only one side of the body and is usually worse while sitting. Learn more about Sciatica here.
Persistent pain caused by Sciatica can be debilitating and prevent people from participating in the hobbies, exercise, and sports they love. While there are some at-home treatments that can relieve sciatic pain, they are, for the most part, temporary and will not permanently correct the problem.
The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with Sciatica for the rest of your life. There are several viable treatments that can provide permanent relief, depending on the cause of your Sciatica.
Chiropractic care is an alternative treatment to invasive surgeries and medications, and in many cases, it can permanently correct the problem.
How Does Chiropractic Care Help Sciatica?
Throughout our lives, normal physical activities, bad posture, injuries, and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to misalignment of the spine. We call this “spinal subluxation”, and it occurs when one or more vertebra shift out of place. In-between each vertebra we have “discs” that act like shock absorbers. When the vertebra become misaligned, the discs can “bulge” and cause irritation to nearby nerves. When one of the 5 vertebra in our lower back become misaligned, it can lead to irritation of the sciatic nerve, causing lower back pain and pain down the leg. This is the cause of Sciatica in most cases.
Chiropractic care can lead to permanent relief from Sciatica. This is because it consists of putting the vertebra back into their proper position so that the nerves become free of irritation and can function normally.
What Happens During Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica?
Chiropractic care consists of spinal manipulation, or “adjustments”, designed to release pressure on the nerve and reduce irritation. There are many different techniques that chiropractors use to manipulate the spine, all with the goal of correcting spinal subluxation and improving the patient’s overall wellness. When the nerves are free to function normally, this contributes to overall improved health, wellness, and vitality.
Fun fact: Sometimes people are reluctant to try chiropractic treatment due to the loud “popping sound” experienced during adjustments. You’ve probably heard it at some point while cracking your knuckles. It can be loud and scary in some cases, but it’s nothing to worry about. Gas bubbles being released in the joints cause this sound. Nothing is breaking!
It’s important to understand that chiropractic adjustments are not once-and-done treatments. Your spine can’t be corrected overnight. Spinal misalignment results from years of improper posture, which can be “cemented” into place when our muscles and ligaments readjust to hold the spine in its new position. Chiropractic treatment is cumulative and each appointment will build on the last. Even if you feel relief, it’s important to carry out the full treatment plan recommended by your chiropractor.
It’s Time for Your Evaluation!
When chiropractic treatment is sustained over time, this can permanently correct Sciatica.
There are many causes of Sciatica, and a chiropractic evaluation can help reveal them so that the proper treatment can be administered. If the chiropractor determines that a different treatment is the best option, they can refer you to the appropriate physician. You can avoid costly surgery and unnecessary medication if you visit a chiropractor first.
When choosing a chiropractor, make sure the office will carry out a full evaluation prior to treatment.
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