Sciatica

SciaticaSciatic pain can be relieved through a combination of stretches, deep tissue massage of the piriformis muscle (a muscle that lies directly over the sciatic nerve) and chiropractic care.

 

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It is made up of branches from the L5-S3 spinal nerve roots and runs from your pelvis, through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. The sciatic nerve branches into smaller nerves as it travels down the legs providing feeling to your thighs, legs, and feet as well as controlling many of the muscles in your lower legs. The term sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve extending below the knee.

What causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is actually a sign that you have an underlying problem putting pressure on a nerve in your lower back. The most common cause of this nerve root compression comes from spinal subluxations of the lower lumbar spine or Sacroliliac joints, or from a bulging or herniated lumbar disc. Tight muscles can also be the sole cause or part of the complex of issues causing sciatic pain.  The piriformis is a muscle that lies directly over the sciatic nerve. If this muscle becomes tight or if you have a spasm in this muscle, it puts pressure directly on the sciatic nerve. Occasionally, sciatic pain in men is caused by sitting on a wallet.

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How do I know if I have sciatica?

Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. Sciatica may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg. This pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. Sciatic pain often starts gradually and intensifies over time. It’s likely to be worse when you sit, cough or sneeze.

How is Sciatica Treated?

The vast majority of the time, sciatic pain can be relieved through a combination of pelvic adjustments, stretches, deep trigger point therapy, myofascial release or electric muscle stimulation to the piriformis muscle and gluteal muscles. We will discover the best combination of therapies that work best for you.