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How Chiropractic May Help Ease Your Sciatica

By Sandy Schroeder

If you, or someone in your family, has sciatica leg pain, you know how excruciating sciatica can be.

Sciatica is leg pain that starts in a pinched nerve in the lower back. The pain begins in nerve roots on either side of the lower spine, but the high voltage jolts that run down the sciatic nerve, from the buttock to the foot, are usually the misery-makers for most sciatica sufferers.  

Some compare the pain’s intensity to severe toothache nerve pain.  Dr. William A. Abdu, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, talks about sciatica in Prevention.com, saying sciatica leg pain is often worse than back pain. Symptoms may let up within six weeks. But for some the pain goes on.

How Chiropractic Can Help

In a 2010 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 120 people saw a chiropractor three times a week for four weeks. Then they did weekly visits, and gradually reduced treatment. For those who achieved relief, benefits lasted up to a year.

How Results Emerged

"Spinal manipulation may create a response in the nervous system that relieves pain and restores normal mobility to the injured area, reducing inflammation, and creating an environment to promote the body's natural healing mechanisms,” says study researcher Gordon McMorland, doctor of chiropractic, National Spine Care, Calgary, Alberta.

Pursuing Chiropractic Care

The Joint Chiropractic, which has a local clinic near you, is available to help you with sciatica.  Licensed chiropractors staff a complete wellness center, treating patients of all ages with a range of neck, back and sciatica issues.

In your first visit, the chiropractor will want to hear about your symptoms and the impact on your activities. This is a good time to learn more about the chiropractic philosophy of spinal health, and ask any questions that you have. Your chiropractor will review your medical history, and complete a spinal adjustment to correct any misalignments in the spine. When the misalignment is corrected it may have far-reaching effects on your sciatica pain.  Many patients also report an overall, more relaxed feeling, greater mental clarity and more energy.

As you and your chiropractor establish a plan of treatment for your sciatica, you will have the reassurance of ongoing backup and assistance. Your chiropractor will encourage you to keep moving and may recommend ice or heat to act as one more way to help ease the pain.

To get started, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your neighborhood. The Joint has simplified everything, eliminating the need for insurance by providing a private, affordable pricing plan. Extended weekend and evening hours are available and no appointments are needed.

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