Anyone who has ever suffered from sciatica knows that it can be intensely painful. Despite the fact that the pain can occur in either leg it is actually an issue with the lower back and is caused by compression of one or more of the 5 sets of nerve roots located there. Sciatic nerve compression can be caused in various ways, the most common of which is a bulging or herniated disk. However, it can also be caused by lumbar spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, trauma, piriformis syndrome or spinal tumours.
Visiting a chiropractor can be an effective method of treatment. Your chiropractor can work with you to create a specialised treatment plan that is designed to relieve the pain. The most common treatment types are gentle chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, spinal decompression therapy and massage therapy. Manual adjustment of the spine is an effective way to treat the issues that lead to sciatic pain and these adjustments can be performed without any additional discomfort being caused.
Spinal decompression therapy is an effective technique for relieving sciatic pain. It is performed on a specially designed table known as a Flexion/Distraction Table. The technique isolates individual spinal joints before slowly opening them up with the use of constant pressure. This is a proven therapy which is used by many chiropractors.
As well as treating sciatica symptoms, a chiropractor can look into diagnosing the underlying causes and improving your general quality of life. These issues are usually diagnosed when a chiropractor analyses your posture and once they help you to recover from the sciatic pain, they can help you ensure that it is not repeated.
While the pain occurs in the muscle, it is caused by nerves. This is because muscles are incapable of doing anything without a signal coming from the associated nerve. With sciatica, the nerve has become irritated which causes the muscle to tighten in a kind of subconscious defensive move. Chiropractors can help to relieve the muscle tension as part of the treatment, which will lead to much greater comfort.
Chiropractors do not just manipulate the spine. They seek to improve the factors in your life that cause the issues to occur in the first place. When recovering from sciatica, your chiropractor will also provide you with advice as well as rehabilitation exercises and stretches for use in the home. The program will be specifically tailored to suit your needs, so be sure to inform your chiropractor if you have any other issues that would impede your ability to complete the exercises. This comes from the chiropractors’ belief that treatment should not end with individual issues. Instead, they seek to make their patients’ lives better in as many ways as possible.
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