Can a Chiropractor Help With Sciatica?
Sciatica can be a painful condition that affects the lower half of the body and compromises how you move and perform due to impairment of the sciatic nerve. Chiropractors have a deep understanding of how the body’s spine, nerves, joints, and other soft tissues work, making them one of the leading medical professionals to treat sciatica. This article talks about what sciatica is; common sciatica symptoms; how you get sciatica; how to help prevent sciatica; natural remedies and chiropractic to treat sciatica; and more. If you think sciatica is the cause of your pain, chiropractic offers several natural solutions that can help, so read on.
What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the largest in the body, starting at your lower back and running through each buttock and down each leg. It controls some of the muscles in the leg and provides sensation to other areas as well. Sciatica is often easy to notice because we rely on the nerve so much for comfort and motion. Common symptoms of sciatica include lower back pain radiating pain from the lower back into the buttocks and legs. Loss of range of motion or flexibility in the hips; weakness of the affected area; tingling or numbing sensation in the affected area; pain ranging from dull and aching to intense pain from the buttocks down to the foot. Typically, sciatica symptoms only occur on one side of the body, and there are numerous reasons you may experience it. Common causes of sciatica include: Poor posture; incorrect habitual movement patterns; weight gain or pregnancy Disc herniation or other joint dysfunction; inflammation; or sprains and strains. While there’s no way to ensure you never get sciatica, having a well-functioning, strong body is the best way to help prevent it. Other ways you can help avoid sciatica include: correcting your posture and movement patterns; wearing the right shoes; proactively caring for your body with chiropractic services; exercising and stretching daily; practicing core strengthening techniques to keep your back and spine safe
Natural At-Home Solutions & Chiropractic to Heal Sciatica
Fortunately, there are safe, effective, and natural solutions to not only reduce your sciatica symptoms but also heal the injury causing them. Encouraging the body to self-heal allows it to use its natural powers without needing aggressive treatments or turning to the medicine cabinet. Natural solutions to do at home to relieve sciatic pain include rest when the body tells you it needs it; pushing through pain can amplify it and even cause further damage. Getting quality sleep is also important to recovery. As we sleep, the body restores and rejuvenates. Gently stretch the back, hips, and legs to help improve movement patterns and flexibility; too much downtime can garner more issues. Massage the affected area to soothe and relax muscles and reduce undue pressures on the soft tissues and spine. You must always listen to your body and discontinue any movements or techniques contributing to your pain. Working with your local sciatica chiropractor will give you both in-clinic solutions and take-home advice to ensure you get the best possible care. Common chiropractic solutions to help heal sciatica include: chiropractic adjustments, McKenzie method, myofascial mobilization, physical therapy and more.
Visit Active Motion Spine and Rehab to Help End Sciatica Pain
Our team will design a chiropractic wellness strategy based on your individual needs and abilities. Your comfort and confidence is a key element in your recovery. We’ll discuss your goals and ensure you understand the process. Your quality of life doesn’t need to suffer for another day. Chiropractic for sciatica is safe and effective, working quickly so you can get back to your routine. Book your sciatica appointment today.
By: Aaron Montgomery DC and Scott Gross DC