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SCIATICA

What is sciatica?

Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, running from your pelvis through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. Your sciatic nerve branches into smaller nerves as it travels down your legs and is fundamental for providing feeling to your thighs, legs, and feet as well as controlling many of the muscles in your lower legs. Subsequently, sciatica can be a debilitating condition as it causes pain that radiates along the path of this nerve and can hinder your entire lower body.

Some of the most common causes of sciatica include:

  • man with lower back painA bulging or herniated lumbar disc,
  • Infection,
  • Sports related injuries,
  • A growth within the spine,
  • Piriformis syndrome (the piriformis muscle lies directly over your sciatic nerve. If this muscle becomes tight or if you have a spasm in this muscle, it puts pressure directly on the sciatic nerve),
  • In some cases, simply sitting on a wallet has even caused sciatic pain in men!

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

If you suffer from sciatica this is often a warning sign that you have an underlying problem that is placing pressure on a nerve in your lower back. This will often feel like an electric shock and increases when you sit, cough or sneeze. Sciatic pain will often start gradually and intensify as time progresses. Therefore, if you suffer from any of the following symptoms of sciatica, it is advisable you seek chiropractic care:

  • Pain which radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttocks and down the back of your leg- this pain may vary from mild aching to sharp, burning pain or severe discomfort,
  • Numbness in your leg(s),
  • Tingling in your leg(s),
  • Muscle weakness in your leg(s).

How Chelsea & Fulham Chiropractic Clinic can help

Fortunately, with a combination of stretches, dry needle therapy, acupuncture, deep tissue massage and chiropractic care, sciatic pain can be significantly relieved. At Chelsea & Fulham Chiropractic Clinic, our expert practitioners utilise electric treatment benches and digital X-ray equipment to isolate the source of your sciatic pain and administer care to this specific area. We also recommend deep tissue massage to your lower back and piriformis muscles, which will serve as an effective supportive healing measure following your chiropractic care. We also offer acupuncture and dry needle therapy to help alleviate the symptoms. By following these treatments, you can alleviate your sciatic pain and actively reduce your chances of suffering from severe sciatic pain in the future.

For more information on chiropractic care for your sciatica, why not call Chelsea & Fulham Chiropractic Clinic today and begin to revitalise your health and wellbeing!