Sciatica and Chiropractic:
The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest
nerves of the body, reaching about the size of your thumb in diameter, and running
down the back of each leg. When these nerves are irritated or affected by the inflammation
of nearby soft tissues, doctors refer to this as sciatica.
One of the most common causes of sciatic
leg pain is the Vertebral Subluxation
Complex. It can be accompanied by the bulging or herniation of the soft pulpy discs
which separate each spinal bone. This can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic
nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord. The result can be an intense pain shooting
down either or both legs.
In the past, treatment has involved pain
medications, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, and even surgery. They chiropractic
approach is to use carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference
from spinal structures. These chiropractic adjustments can be quite effective in
reducing nerve irritation and its associated pain.
Sciatica, like other health problems that
can be traced to the spine, often respond dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through conservative chiropractic care.