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Chiropractor For Sciatica

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Sciatica is a common condition affecting many people around Australia. Sciatica can be defined as the irritation of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lumbar spine all the way to the feet. When the nerve is irritated due to a disc herniation, misalignment of the spine, or muscle spasms, a radiating, shooting pain is commonly felt down the leg. This pain is generally found in the buttock and thigh region, however it can be more specific, depending on the affected area of the nerve irritation. People with sciatica may describe a deep, radiating pain as well as numbness/tingling sensation throughout the buttocks region. Back pain may also be present.

Causes of sciatica

Disc herniation (nerve root impingement)
Nerve impingement
Piriformis syndrome
Muscle spasms
Poor posture
Prolonged sitting
Trauma/overuse
Tumour
Our chiropractors at Chiropractic Health are experienced in managing this condition, as it is one of the most common reasons for people to see a chiropractor. Your chiropractor will take their time with the questioning process, to try and pinpoint the exact reason why your sciatica has occurred and how best to manage it, specific to you. Our chiropractors understand that everyone is different in how they react to chiropractic care, and which treatment methods they prefer most. We provide a tailored approach to eliminating the pain, but more importantly to prevent it from occurring again in the future.

Symptoms of sciatica

Radiating/burning pain down one or both legs (pain may range from mild to moderate or severe, depending on the person)
Pain throughout the track of the sciatic nerve (low back, buttocks, leg, feet)
Numbness or tingling (paraesthesia)
Muscle weakness
Leg may feel ‘heavy’
Trouble walking

How our chiropractors can help you

Techniques our chiropractors use for sciatica

Specific manual adjustments
Mobilisation 
Gonstead adjustments
Stretching and home advice

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many benefits of seeing a chiropractor for sciatica pain relief. Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat the underlying causes of pain. Our chiropractors conduct nerve-function and orthopaedic testing to find the true cause of your sciatica, so it can be better diagnosed, managed and relieved

We go a step further, and explain to you what our chiropractors have found, and then to develop a targeted approach to fix the cause of your sciatica

There are several ways to recognise sciatic pain early. First, it is important to identify the location of the pain. Sciatic pain typically starts in the lower back and extends down the buttock and leg. The pain may be sharp or burning, and may worsen with sitting, standing, or bending.

Secondly, it is important to identify the symptoms associated with sciatic pain. These may include tingling, numbness, or weakness in the leg or in more severe instances, acute leg pain. Thirdly, it is important to consider the timing of the pain. Sciatic pain is often worse at night or when you first wake up in the morning. It is also important to consider your medical history. If you have a history of back problems, you are more likely to experience sciatic pain. Our chiropractors perform a range of orthopaedic and neurological tests to determine if you have sciatica.

The spinal column is made up of bones called vertebrae. These bones are separated by cushions called discs. The discs allow the vertebrae to move and act as shock absorbers. The sciatic nerve runs through a tunnel through each vertebrae. If the vertebrae become stuck, or not moving as well as they shoulder, or if there is a disc that is irritating the branches of the sciatic nerve, this can cause sciatica. As the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body running from the lower back down through the legs, compression of the sciatic nerve can cause intolerable pain down the leg, and sometimes even into the toes

Chiropractors can perform gentle spinal manipulation to restore good function and movement to the vertebrae, taking the pressure off of the sciatic nerve, and the nerve roots that become the sciatic nerve. This can provide relief from sciatic nerve pain. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor might also give you advice, and exercises to do at home to provide some relief between visits. If you’re suffering from sciatica pain, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can help you find relief through chiropractic care so you can get back to doing what you love.

If you think you may be experiencing sciatica symptoms, it is important to see a chiropractor for an evaluation. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent the pain from getting worse. At Chiropractic Health, we are experienced in treating sciatic pain. We will work with you to develop a chiropractic treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. If you are experiencing sciatic pain, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our chiropractors will listen to what you have to say, go above and beyond with the testing to help with a diagnosis, explain to you their findings, and then develop the best action plan for you going forwards

Book an appointment with one of our Geelong chiropractors for your sciatica .

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