Are you spending more and more time focusing on ways to stay comfortable while living with sciatic nerve pain? If you find yourself avoiding your favorite activities and feel like you’re missing out on life because of your pain, you aren’t alone. With so many nerves running through our bodies, there are quite a few types of nerve pain that can happen. Sciatic nerve pain is one of the most common, but what exactly is it? More importantly, what can you do to get the pain under control and start feeling better? Pinpointing the root cause of your sciatica, and understanding the ways chiropractic care can help you recover faster, is the first step toward beating the pain and taking back control of your life, often without the need for medication or invasive procedures like surgery. Read on to learn more about sciatic nerve pain and how chiropractic treatment for sciatica pain can help you get back to the active lifestyle you love!

Understanding Sciatic Nerve Pain

  Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It runs from your lower back through your hip and buttock, and down the back of each leg, and is responsible for sending and receiving information that lets the muscles around your hip and thigh know when to move.   Sciatic nerve pain refers to any pain along your sciatic nerve, which can include aching, burning, numbness, and tingling. These symptoms are usually felt along the back of your thigh, and can make it difficult to walk around or bend normally. Sciatic nerve pain is also commonly called sciatica, and the two terms are often used interchangeably.

What’s Causing My Sciatica?

So, what causes sciatic nerve pain? Basically, your sciatic nerve is irritated and the pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong.  When it comes to the source of this irritation, it can usually be one of two underlying issues: inflammation or mechanical pressure.   [H3] Inflammation Our bodies are great at healing themselves when the conditions are right, but the process involves chemicals that can lead to inflammation in the areas surrounding your injury, causing irritation and pain. For example, an injury such as a muscle strain in your hip can cause inflammation close enough to your sciatic nerve to irritate it and cause pain.   [H3] Mechanical pressure Your sciatic nerve can also become irritated when something presses or pushes on it. For example, sitting on a hard chair or doing sit-ups. Here are some examples of conditions that can put pressure on your sciatica nerve and lead to pain in and around it:  

  • Piriformis syndrome

When a small hip muscle called the piriformis compresses the sciatic nerve, causing irritation that’s worse with muscle tension.

  • Herniated discs

Also called ruptured or slipped discs, a herniation happens when the center of a spinal disc pushes through a weak part in the border of the disc. These often occur in the lower back and can put pressure on the nerve root supplying your sciatic nerve.

  • Spinal stenosis

A condition in which the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the nerve root inside - which can include the nerve root that supplies the sciatic nerve.

  • Pregnancy

The additional weight placed on your muscles and joints, pregnancy-related body changes can cause pain and inflammation around the sciatic nerve.

  • Injuries or trauma to the area

An injury from a car accident, bad fall, or sports injury can cause direct damage to the nerve, or shift your bones and joints in a way that causes pressure and irritation to your sciatic nerve.   Because sciatica can be caused by several different factors, it’s important to speak with a knowledgeable chiropractic specialist to determine the cause of your pain, and find out what can be done to finally get the relief you need.

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Managing Sciatic Nerve Pain

  Chiropractic care for sciatica pain can help you get back to doing what you love, but what do treatments usually look like? With a focus on spinal health, a combination of techniques are used to encourage the body’s natural and innate healing capabilities. Here are some treatments that are typically used to address sciatic nerve pain:

  • Manual Adjustments 

Manipulations of the spine help to gently correct misalignments and alleviate pressure on your nerves, allowing them to do what they’re supposed to. Targeted spinal adjustments improve the overall health of your spine, and usually offer immediate relief from sciatic nerve pain.

  • Soft Tissue Therapies

Chiropractors use techniques such as myofascial release, stretching, and massage to relieve tension in your muscles and improve your circulation, which promote healing and can help you start to feel better right away.

  • Holistic Care Approach

Reaching your goals requires a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your lifestyle. Chiropractors take into account all aspects of your life when designing your care plan, so you get a personalized plan that meets you where you’re at and sets you up for success.   Looking at the big picture allows your chiropractor to design a treatment plan that fits your specific needs, and which utilizes the treatment options that are best suited to help you reach your unique goals.

What Are the Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica Pain?

  Whether you’ve got an annoying tingle in the back of your thigh or radiating pain that won’t go away, you probably want to know how to get rid of it. While many treatments offer temporary relief and short-term results, chiropractic adjustments for sciatica pain can offer immediate relief while also treating the root cause of the problem, which means you’ll get meaningful results that last.   But, the benefits of chiropractic care aren’t limited to pain relief. Treating the underlying cause of your sciatic nerve pain can help your body heal naturally, offering a route to recovery that avoids invasive procedures like surgery or relying on medications to mask the pain.   While chiropractic adjustments can offer immediate relief from pain and tension for your sciatica, they’re more than just a quick-fix. Personalized treatments that address the real cause of your pain are the best way to see the long-term relief you’ve been hoping for.   If you’re ready to get your sciatica pain under control and finally start feeling better, chiropractic treatment with one of our specialists at Strive2Move may be just what you need!

Key Takeaways

Beating your sciatica pain and taking back control of your life doesn’t have to be complicated. With support and guidance from a team of experts who care, it’s easier than ever to experience the benefits of chiropractic treatments, so you can get back to your favorite activities and stop missing out on life. Here are a few things to keep in mind about sciatica and chiropractic care:

  • Understanding the root cause of your sciatic nerve pain is the first step toward lasting pain relief.
  • There are a variety of conditions and injuries that can cause irritation to your sciatic nerve, so speaking with a chiropractic specialist is the best way to pinpoint where the pain is actually coming from.
  • Since chiropractic care focuses on treating the underlying issues, not just addressing your symptoms, you can finally see progress that lasts with your sciatica.
  • Chiropractic treatments for sciatica pain offer a natural and non-invasive way to start feeling better, long-term.

You don’t have to let sciatic nerve pain hold you back anymore. Schedule a call today to see how our team of sciatica experts at Strive2Move can help you along your path to recovery!

Dr. Justin Rabinowitz

Dr. Justin Rabinowitz


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