Sciatica must rate as one of the most painful of back conditions that is commonly diagnosed and most misunderstood. Many conditions can produce the symptoms frequently seen with sciatica. Chiropractors have the skills to identify the underlying cause of the symptoms and are frequently able to help resolve it.
The sciatic nerve is one of the longest and the largest nerve in your body with five smaller nerves feeding into it, extending from the spine via the pelvis to the muscles and joints of the legs and feet. Whenever any of these nerves are pinched, compressed or compromised in any way, it will cause discomfort that is often referred to as sciatica.
And, as anyone who has suffered with sciatica will tell you, the pain can be very intense. It often follows the path of your nerve – down the back of the legs and thighs, ankle, foot and toes -but it can also focus on your back.
The pain consists of burning and sharp pains though some sufferers report feeling such as pins-and-needles, tingling, prickling, crawling sensations or tenderness. Some even say their leg goes numb or develop weakness in their feet.
Sciatica is caused by a wide variety of conditions which result in an unhealthy spine with a protruded or ruptured disc, and local inflammation which lead to abnormal function in the blood vessels, spinal cord and nerves exiting the spine. Often it is linked with postural problems, faulty movements and nervous system imbalances contributing to stress on the spine. Sciatica can also result from accidents, sports injuries and even childbirth.
Conventional medicine can sometimes find spinal related pain problems difficult to deal with, however the holistic approach used by chiropractors is often very effective*.
A chiropractor deals with poor spinal alignment and nerve pressure by helping to relieve stress on the spinal nerves, joints and discs. The treatment and self-help measures they recommend also help to reduce inflammation and promote healing of the soft tissues.
If you are suffering from symptoms of sciatica do not delay contacting Back-in-Action a chiropractic clinic in Preston – we often can bring pain relief very early on in the treatment plan.
A chiropractor deals not only with the symptoms but also the cause of pain too – which means that your long term health and a future without painful sciatica is our aim. We would aim to do this with through treatment and a range of simple exercises and other self-help measures to help prevent the pain from returning.
These suggestions include strategies that you can easily adopt to effectively change your posture while walking or sitting, rebalance your nervous system, learn how to strengthen or stretch certain muscles and even changing your diet or sleeping position.
A chiropractor will not only make the manual adjustments necessary for your spine in a pain-free way but also give you the tools you need to change whatever you have to so that your health and wellbeing improves.
For more information about sciatica and how chiropractic care can help sufferers, then please contact us at our Preston Chiropractic Clinic. Our team of chiroprctaors would be happy to help.
You could also visit our blog post ‘5 tips to maintaining a healthy back’ and learn more about the prevention and cure of sciatica.
*Santilli V, Beghi E, Finucci S. Chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion: a randomized double-blind clinical trial of active and simulated spinal manipulations. Spine J. 2006 Mar-Apr;6(2):131-7. Epub 2006 Feb 3
* McMorland D.G, Casha S., du Plessis S., Hubert R.J. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. JMPT. 2010 Oct; 33(8): 576-584.
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