Fun Fact: The sciatic is the longest nerve in the body running from the buttocks right down to the toes.
If you are experiencing a shooting, piercing pain that runs from the lower back down to the legs, you are probably suffering from sciatica pain. Chiropractic care can really help.
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What Does Sciatica Pain Feel Like?
The nerve can experience pain whenever you have a trapped nerve, disc herniation, Piriformis syndrome, or trigger point referral.
Typically, symptoms of sciatica include the following:
- Leg pain that worsens when sitting
- Tingling or burning running down the leg
- Numbness, weakness, or difficulties moving the foot or entire leg
- A consistent pain on one side of your lower back
- An intense and intolerable pain that makes it hard to stand up
Sciatica Pain and Chiropractic Care
Sciatica pain can be debilitating. It can ruin your day, make sleeping difficult, and inhibit your activities.
We have good news! Chiropractic care can relieve it gently and naturally. Not only will we address it by balancing your muscular system, we will also provide you with some stretches you can do at home. We also recommend bike riding to alleviate sciatica pain. You can do this either on a stationary exercise bike or outside on an actual bicycle.
The peddling motion and engaging your leg muscles in that way stretch your leg and relieve the pressure of the nerve pain in exactly the right way.
Chiropractic Adjustments for Sciatica Pain
As chiropractors, we can apply spinal manipulations to allow a herniated disc to rest back into position and take the pressure off the sciatic nerve. The adjustments can also free limited spinal movement and restore misaligned vertebral discs. Relief is possible! It’s kind of like our superpower.
This technique varies from a quick high-velocity thrust to a combination of minimal force and gentle pressure. We can gently move the lower back vertebrae to avoid pressing on the sciatic nerve. This will lessen the pain as well as regain nerve signal flow and mobility. Furthermore, we can use the manipulations to ease muscle spasms, which will help with long-term relief.
Exercises for Sciatica Pain
As you have probably already discovered, moving in particular ways can worsen sciatica pain. We will try to uncover the root cause of the problem. Then we will recommend exercises that not only avoid sciatic nerve aggravation but also help in releasing the pressure that comes from inflamed and tight muscles.
These exercises include stretching that you can do right at home. Yoga is also effective for relieving sciatica pain. For instance, the reclining pigeon pose can stretch the piriformis muscle, release pressure on the nerve, and ease irritations.
Lifestyle changes to Alleviate Sciatica Pain
Let’s look at all aspects of your life. What is causing this? We might recommend a new way to stand, sit, sleep, and lift to protect the positioning of the sciatic nerve. Our guidance can help you strengthen the back muscles to keep the disc in place. That is crucial because, the stronger the back is, the less likely discs will slip to put pressure on the sciatic nerve again.
As chiropractors, we can help ease sciatica pain both in the short and long term.
How Can We Help You With Your Sciatica Pain?
Don’t suffer any longer with your sciatica pain. We are chiropractors and our main focus is keeping your body in alignment. However, we also incorporate overall healthy lifestyles. Let us know how we can help you achieve your health goals.
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