woman with sciatica painThe sciatic nerve is the longest and widest in the body, running from the lower spine into the back of each leg. It controls the muscles in our lower extremities and provides sensation down to the feet.

As many as 40 percent of people will experience sciatica pain in their lifetime and the condition becomes more prevalent with age.

How does a chiropractor treat this chronic condition, so you can get back to your favorite activities?

Symptoms of Sciatica Pain

While back pain is one of the most common reasons people see a doctor or miss work, not all discomfort is related to the sciatic nerve. Sufferers often experience:

  • Radiating pain in the lower back, buttock and down the leg
  • Dull soreness in the lower back, buttock and down the leg
  • Tingling sensation in the legs, feet or toes
  • Numbness or weakness in the lower back, buttock, leg or feet

Symptoms can worsen after prolonged sitting, physical activity and sudden movements.

Causes of Sciatica Pain

Sciatica pain, which typically affects one side of the body, is most commonly caused by a herniated disk, bone spur or spinal stenosis – all which can compress part of the nerve.

Due to overuse or underuse, muscle fibers contract and form a painful “knot” of trigger points that can pinch the sciatic nerve and be intensely painful.

Another frequent cause, the sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle, which connects the lower spine to each thighbone. The piriformis muscle is susceptible to injury and hip arthritis. When it cramps or spasms, the sciatic nerve may also be pinched.

Chiropractic Treatment

Non-invasive and medication-free, a chiropractic adjustment applies gentle pressure to compressed nerves. This manipulation restores alignment in the spinal column to relax the muscles and nerve pathways, relieve pain and improve function.

Tips to Prevent Back Pain

Those who suffer from chronic back pain are more susceptible to sciatica pain. To help prevent this debilitating condition from occurring:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid prolonged sitting
  • Maintain proper posture
  • Get regular exercise

We work with each patient to suggest specific lifestyle changes that complement our in-office treatment plans.
 
The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury team uses the latest techniques to promote spine health and overall wellness. To address sciatica pain, make an appointment today!

"Dr D is great, he is so patient and attentive to everything you have to say! He has really helped me eliminate pain I have been living with for years. The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming."
Aubrey Sullivan
"They are not only extremely professional and helpful but genuinely care about your well being! In addition, the group is very supportive of the community. I love that they partnered with We Are the Children to donate thousands of dollars worth of toys.
Jocelyn DeMaio
"They are not only extremely professional and helpful but genuinely care about your well being! In addition, the group is very supportive of the community. I love that they partnered with We Are the Children to donate thousands of dollars worth of toys.
Jocelyn DeMaio
"There is no better place than Chiropractic Health Center, from the moment you step into the office, you are welcomed with a smile and they even manage to remember every patients name. They put a lot of emphasis on your care, you start feeling better with every visit. I would recommend this practice over any other possible treatment/office in the state."
Carlos Vivar-Zuniga
"Dr D is great, he is so patient and attentive to everything you have to say! He has really helped me eliminate pain I have been living with for years. The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming."
Aubrey Sullivan
"I had been suffering from hip and leg pain for about year when a respected yoga instructor recommended Dr. D. I attended a Monday night seminar to check the place out and promptly overcame my skepticism. Dr. D is knowledgeable, caring and professional with an office staff that supports his philosophy. This is a state of the art facility providing first class health care. Dr. D has been a true partner in my healing process."
C. Rainey
"Great experience! Our whole family goes and we have referred other family members. Dr. Wade is awesome, he listens and wants what is best for his clients."
Kayla Bueno
"They are not only extremely professional and helpful but genuinely care about your well being! In addition, the group is very supportive of the community. I love that they partnered with We Are the Children to donate thousands of dollars worth of toys.
Jocelyn DeMaio
"I started adjustments for neck, back, and tailbone pain and at the end of the 10 weeks the pain was completely gone. Dr. Wade is kind, funny, and very good at what he does. He brings positive energy into the office every single day and is in a good mood 100% of the time."
Cassandra Kolstad
"I started adjustments for neck, back, and tailbone pain and at the end of the 10 weeks the pain was completely gone. Dr. Wade is kind, funny, and very good at what he does. He brings positive energy into the office every single day and is in a good mood 100% of the time."
Cassandra Kolstad
"They are not only extremely professional and helpful but genuinely care about your well being! In addition, the group is very supportive of the community. I love that they partnered with We Are the Children to donate thousands of dollars worth of toys.
Jocelyn DeMaio
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