Understanding Sciatica and Chiropractic Care

Sciatica is a common term that is used to describe conditions that cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the buttocks and legs. The condition affects millions of people worldwide, and many find relief through Chiropractic and Physiotherapy care.

What Is It?

Sciatica is caused by a ‘pinched’ or irritated sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower  levels of your spine through past the hips, buttocks, and down each leg to the feet. The nerve can become compressed for a variety of reasons, including herniated discs (‘slipped discs’), spinal stenosis (narrowing of the hole which the spinal cord travels through) , or degenerative disc disease (reduction in height of the discs that sit between your vertebrae in your spine).

Symptoms of sciatica include pain that radiates from the lower back down the leg, tingling or numbness in the leg or foot, and muscle weakness in the affected leg. In our practice, we help sciatica patients through non-invasive and drug-free methods.

Chiropractic care for sciatica typically involves spinal adjustments, which may help to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve and reduce inflammation in the affected area. Physiotherapy focuses on also reducing the inflammatory element of the condition and restoring movement to the affected areas and rehab exercises to support the back.

In addition to adjustments, we may also recommend other complementary therapies to help alleviate symptoms and prevent future flare-ups. These may include Acupuncture and exercises to improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles that support the lower back, as well as lifestyle modifications like weight management, improved posture, and stress reduction techniques. We will work with you to help you find a workable rehab and care plan that fits into your lifestyle in an effort to prevent it from reoccurring.

Ready to Learn More?

If you are experiencing sciatica symptoms like lower back pain, leg pain, or numbness, our practice may be the solution you’ve been searching for. Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about how Chiropractic and Physiotherapy care can help you find relief from sciatica symptoms.

Remember, early intervention is key when it comes to sciatica, so don’t delay in seeking care if you suspect you may be suffering from this condition.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rebecca Mitchell – Chiropractor
Andy Mitchell – Physiotherapist
Hungerford Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Healthcare

The Croft Hall, Hungerford,
01488 683 666

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