Sciatica refers to irritation or impingement of the sciatic nerve – a large nerve originating in the low back and made up of several nerve roots coming off of the spinal cord. For some people, the pain caused by irritation of these sciatic nerves can be almost unbearable – with little or no relief.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica nerve pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve – a very large nerve that originates from the lower lumbar spine and travels through the buttock into the leg as far as the back of the knee.
Pressure on the Sciatic nerve can result from a number of reasons including:
– piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve)
– spinal mislignments, vertebral subluxation
– herniated disc, disc prolapse
– poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress
– poor lifting technique and poor bending habits
– spinal compressions due to osteoporosis
How to Relieve Sciatica Naturally
– The first one is ice or cold therapy that uses cold packs to reduce inflammation on the sciatic nerve. It also alleviates the sciatic pain from being too bothersome.
– Spinal adjustments
– Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
– Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
– Chiropractic Care
As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Chiropractic care aims to achieve this by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints and advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve.
In addition to this, you will be given a series of home stretching exercises and asked to apply ice and heat to help aid your recovery.
The chiropractic approach to treating sciatica is to find the source of nerve irritation and relieve the pressure causing the pain. By correcting the source of the problem, the body can heal naturally without nerve interference. Sciatica, like other health conditions that can be traced to the spine, often responds dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is one of the most cost effective and safest form of care for Sciatic Nerve pain. Clinical evidence suggests that chiropractic is more effective in dealing with Sciatic Nerve pain than other more common medical treatments.
Chiropractic adjustments free the nervous system to communicate effectively so that the body can self-heal and self-regulate.