How Chiropractic Care Can Help Relieve Your Sciatic Pain
Sciatica is one of the most common symptoms of acute or chronic back pain. It develops from irritation of the sciatic nerve, the widest and longest nerve in the human body. The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back, runs through the buttock, down the back of the leg and eventually branches into smaller nerves that run to the ankle and foot. It’s main job is to communicate with the cells in the upper and lower leg.
There are many different causes of sciatica, but some of the most common include:
- Disc Herniation
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Spinal Stenosis (narrowing)
- Spinal Misalignments (Subluxations)
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Pregnancy and Childbirth
Sciatic nerve pain has been described as numbness, tingling, burning or shooting pain that travels down the back of the leg and into the calf (sometimes even traveling as far as the feet and toes). People who suffer from sciatica report disruptions in their daily activities such as walking, sleeping, and driving. According to Harvard Health Publishing, as many as 40% of people will struggle with sciatic nerve pain during their lifetime; typically, becoming more frequent as they age.
Chiropractic has been shown to be an effective way to relieve sciatica without the need for invasive treatment (such as drugs, injections, or surgery). During a regular adjustment, a chiropractor will work to restore proper spinal alignment. This manipulation of the vertebral bodies has been shown to stimulate the nerve roots and release any compression that may be creating inflammation and irritation. The result? Greater pain relief for patients.
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