Chiropractic Care For Sciatica

woman-593141_640The art of chiropractic healing has been in use since 1895, at least that was when the term chiropractor was coined. Chiropractors heal without relying on drugs.

You will find that a clinical trial uncovered that chiropractic adjustments had a 72% success rate in treating sciatica versus 50% success rates from cortisone injections, and just 20% success from physical therapy.

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and it extends from the lower back right down to your toes. Sciatica is the irritation of that nerve and can cause pain in your lower back, buttocks, hips and down your legs, too. Numbness and weakness can also present.

You might be suffering from a pinched nerve, or due to an injury and unfortunately it doesn’t take much. It could as simple as walking, or pressing your foot on the brakes. It doesn’t seem fair to suffer such intense pain as the result of such a simple action.

There are a number of ways a chiropractor can tackle your sciatica, but the first thing to do is a complete examination to determine whether it is sciatica, and whether they can treat it.

You’re Hot and You’re Cold

Chiropractors actually do use ice and heat therapy to help reduce the inflammation which is really helpful in controlling sciatic pain.

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasounds create gentle heat by using sound waves that can penetrate deep tissue, it also aids in increased circulation as well as reducing cramping, muscle spasms, stiffness, pain and inflammation.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

TENS uses an electrical current to control acute pain while reducing muscle spasms. There are smaller versions available for purchase for home use, but chiropractors use larger versions to assist in pain management. You could consider getting a TENS machine to use at home between sessions with your chiropractor. They can be helpful for a range of other problems including period pain, general back pain and strained or pulled muscles.

Spinal Manipulation Specialist

This is what most people think of when chiropractors are mentioned and it is at the core of their practice. Adjustments are used to help free the limited movement of the spine while helping restore misaligned vertebrae to the correct position in the spinal column. It reduces the irritated nerves that have been responsible for causing all of the symptoms that are related to sciatica. Spinal manipulation should not be painful, and it has been long proven to be both safe and effective.

Chiropractors are highly trained and learn various adjustment techniques which will allow them to treat a large variety of symptoms.

Due to varying causes not all sciatic symptoms can be treated by a chiropractor, there are other underlying illnesses that can cause sciatica. It is possible for a chiropractor to work in conjunction with another specialist to offer help with pain management.