Pain. Aching. Burning. Shooting.
Sciatica is one of the most common and most painful conditions of the low back. It can making sitting, standing, and even moving difficult--the good news is that Progressive Chiropractic can help!
Background information on sciatica: pain originates in the spine and then radiates down the back of the leg. Although the symptoms of sciatica often include variations of pain down the leg, it is in fact most often due to a low back issue.
Sciatica is usually caused by the following:
- Herniated disc
- Bone spur (arthritis) in the spine
- Misalignments (subluxations) in the spine
Some common medical treatments for sciatica pain include prescription drug muscle relaxers and surgery. Muscle relaxers, though helpful for temporary relief, is not a long-lasting fix, and it does not address the cause of the problem. Surgery is an even bigger gamble, with mixed results, high risks, and terrifying possible complications (nerve root damage, bowel/bladder incontinence, bleeding, infection, just to name a few).
However, there are much less invasive, natural effective ways to treat sciatica!
What you can do at home:
Stretches and exercises
There are a plethora of exercises and stretches that you can try at home to get relief from your sciatica pain:
What we do at Progressive Chiropractic (Gilbert, AZ):
Although home therapy can be helpful, sometimes we need a little extra help to get us back on the path to wellness and wellbeing. That’s where our office comes in!
Because the primary cause of sciatica is misalignments in the spine, the best way to correct those misalignments is with the chiropractic adjustment. With a precise and gentle adjustment, your bones can be moved back into their proper places—freeing the pinched nerve! And that not only relieves pain, but also restores proper function.
A treatment we utilize here at Progressive Chiropractic is decompression therapy. This is not to be confused with surgical decompression therapy! The therapy we utilize gently stretches out your spine to allow a misplaced disc to be rehabilitated and restored. The table utilizes a subtle pumping action to rehydrate your discs and move them back into proper place, thus decreasing pressure and alleviating pain.