The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back through the buttocks and all the way down the back of both legs. The longest nerve in the body, it brings feeling to the feet, calves and thighs, and is responsible for controlling the muscles of the lower legs. Pain caused by damage or pinching to the sciatic nerve, also none as “sciatica,” is a relatively common complaint. Sciatica is often successfully treated with the help of chiropractic adjustment.
One of the most common symptoms associated with sciatica is a pain through the rear and down into the legs. Generally, this pain increases when a sufferer is seated. People with sciatica may also experience burning or tingling which runs down the leg, numbness or weakness in one or both legs, or a shooting pain which makes standing up difficult.
Sciatica can be brought on in the aftermath of a trauma to the spine. It can be caused by a direct injury to the sciatic nerve, or by an adjacent tumor. It can also be caused by Piriformis Syndrome, in which the periformis muscle, which connects to each thigh bone, involuntarily spasms or contracts, putting undue pressure on the sciatic nerve.
But a common cause of sciatica is a herniated disk. In these cases, a disk slips out of place and presses on the sciatic nerve, creating numbness and pain. A chiropractic adjustment may well provide relief for those suffering from sciatica, especially when brought on by a herniated disk.
Sciatica Relief and the Chiropractic Method
In the case of sciatica caused by a herniated disk, a chiropractor will make use of Spinal Decompression Therapy in order to delicately stretch the spinal segments apart. By applying decompression, the chiropractor will allow for nerve information to pass along the length of the sciatic nerve. In addition to helping to realign the herniated disk, over time these treatments can decrease or remove the symptoms of muscle weakness and pain that accompany sciatica.
If you have been diagnosed with sciatica and your doctor is recommending that you go under the knife, you should instead first consider the non-invasive healing approach that a chiropractor employs.