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How can a Chiropractor assist with Sciatica?

Apr 19


Sciatica pain is an intense, burning pain radiating from the lower back to the legs. The sciatic nerve, that runs from your buttocks up until your toes is the longest nerve in the body. Pain can be caused by a pinched nerve trigger point referral or disc herniation. Sciatica can manifest itself as the following symptoms:

  • Leg pain from sitting causes discomfort that is aggravated.

  • The sensations of burning or tingling down the legs

  • Apathy, weakness, or difficulty in moving your foot or the whole leg

  • The constant pain you feel in your lower back

  • It's a painful and unbearable pain that makes standing difficult.


Sciatica pain can be alleviated by chiropractic treatment. The treatment aims to relieve the pain, without any negative side effects or expensive procedures. Here are some methods chiropractors can aid those suffering from sciatica.


  • An accurate diagnosis of sciatica Chiropractic was founded on the idea, that spinal restriction could result in pain and decreased performance. To determine if you suffer from sciatica, a chiropractor must assess you and go through all your medical information. Chiropractic aids in healing through non-invasive, drug-free (nonsurgical) chiropractic treatment.


  • Massage therapy for chiropractic is a proven method of relieving sciatica pain. Massage therapy can cause deep muscle relaxation as well as the release of endorphins, which can be natural painkillers. A regular spa massage can relieve tension and sore muscles, however, chiropractic massage is focused on healing and soothing sciatica. Chiropractic doctors can understand the entire musculoskeletal system. They will speed up healing by determining the most effective pressure points.


  • Treatments with heat and cold: Chiropractic has used the combination of heat and cold to relieve sciatica-related pain. Heating can relax tight muscles and ease the pain. Cold therapies can reduce blood flow and alleviate inflammation symptoms. The chiropractor can help you choose the right treatment for you. Also, you can get advice from the chiropractor on when to switch between them.


  • Ultrasound and Other Modalities Ultrasound is a gentle heat generated by sound waves that penetrate into the tissues of the body. It helps to heal, improves circulation, and reduces swelling as well as pain and muscle spasms. A chiropractor may also utilize low-level laser therapy (also known as cold laser therapy) to relieve sciatica pain. It aids in healing by reducing irritation, swelling, or edema. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) can be utilized by chiropractors. This small battery-powered nerve stimulation device reduces pain and relaxes muscle spasms.


  • Chiropractic adjustments: A chiropractor could use spinal manipulations in order to help bring a herniated disc back to its normal position. This will relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve. These adjustments can help free the spinal column and align misaligned vertebral discs. The procedure can be done by using high-velocity thrusts or with minimal force. The chiropractor can move the lower back vertebrae without pressing the sciatic nerve. It will reduce the pain and allow nerve signal flow to return mobility. A chiropractor may also employ manipulations to reduce muscle spasms. This can provide long-term relief.


  • Decompression of the spine: Sometimes, the discs in your spine could become thinned and dry out naturally. This can cause pinched nerves and spine compression. To alleviate sciatica pain chiropractic utilizes spinal decompression. It is a method to extend the spine or increase the space between the vertebrae.


  • Chiropractor's exercises: Certain actions could cause sciatica-related pain. Chiropractic care may suggest exercises that can help reduce inflammation and pain caused by muscles that are tightened or inflamed. These exercises can be completed at home using stretching programs. Yoga is a fantastic option to relieve sciatica pain. The pigeon's reclining position will stretch the piriformis muscles and relieve tension on the nerve.


  • Lifestyle changes: Chiropractors evaluate all aspects of your daily life. To ensure the proper location of the sciatic nerve they may recommend a change of the way you sit, stand or sleep, lift and move. Intensifying the muscles in your back is a great idea to ensure that the disc stays in place. It's important since discs may slip and pressurize the sciatic nerve. Sciatica pain is able to be eased by chiropractors in the short and long term.



Sciatica pain can cause severe discomfort. However, a proper diagnosis can help you get relief. The chiropractor you choose has the knowledge and experience to offer the comfort you require for sciatica or pressure pains and allows you to enjoy your life once more.

For more information please visit:

Finlayson Family Chiropractic

6201 Pacific Ave STE A, Tacoma, WA 98408

(253) 302–3750

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