Don’t let sciatica slow you down
Sciatica involves the sensation of pain running through the pelvis and down into the legs. It can range from a painful tingling to a disabling agony. Sciatica is generally caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve which eventually compresses it, leading to pain.
The sciatic nerve is very long. In fact, it’s the largest nerve in the body, starting at the bottom of the spine and extending to the nerve endings down in the legs. The nerve can become irritated at the spinal level and/or at the pelvic level, leading to the condition known as sciatica.
Sciatica can result from different stresses on the body, however it is most commonly caused by misalignment (subluxation) in the lower spine and pelvis that results in interference to the normal function of the sciatic nerve.
The effects of sciatic pain penetrate every aspect of life. Everyday life becomes a chore when suffering from sciatic pain; even simple tasks such as getting out of bed, coughing sneezing or even the slightest movements can become a painful experience.
Sciatica has often been known to flare up during pregnancy, as the body bears extra weight and rearranges its stance to accommodate it. Unfortunately, because the weight is in the belly area, many women tend to lean slightly backwards from their upper torso.
Rather than suffer through your pregnancy, seek chiropractic treatment to ease the sciatic pain. Our chiropractic techniques are safe for you during your pregnancy.
The chiropractic approach does not cover up the symptoms associated with sciatica, but actually finds and takes care of the underlying causes. If nerve supply is altered at all it must be restored so the body can repair and function optimally. Along with proper chiropractic adjustments, a program of rehabilitation is prescribed to maximise soft tissue healing and to build strength and stability to the area to prevent future injuries.