Sciatica Pain Relief
The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerves of the body, about the size of the thumb in diameter, and running down the back of each leg. When these nerves are irritated or affected by the inflammation of nearby soft tissues, doctors refer to this as sciatica.
Pain is caused when the sciatic nerve roots are irritated, scraped, twisted, stretched or pinched as they exit the spine. Causes of the impairment may be chemical, physical or the emotional stress of everyday living. Symptoms can include lower back pain, burning, cramping or numbness/tingling that radiates into the buttocks, thighs, legs, ankles, feet and toes.
In the past, treatment has involved pain medications, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, and even surgery. The chiropractic approach is to use carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference from spinal structures. These chiropractic adjustments can be quite effective in reducing nerve irritation and the associated pains. While it may take time, conservative chiropractic care can be quite successful in removing the cause of sciatica and low back pain.