If you suffer from sciatica pain, you know how debilitating this condition can be. This agony you feel has a medical name, radiculopathy, and doctors at the Spine Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center label it as extreme. Because sciatica involves a pinched nerve in the lower back with pain that radiates throughout the legs, simple ice and heat treatments do not hit at the root of the pain nor the problem. The condition is also chronic, so it isn’t healthy to take pain medication for sciatica as a long-term solution either.
At IN Chiropractic & Wellness, we have treated patients for sciatica pain relief for more than 20 years. Not only do we help our patients to manage the pain, but we also work to treat the root of the problem — a herniated disk, most commonly — so that our patients can get back to life without chronic sciatic pain. We have compiled relevant information for sciatica pain relief, including how specific chiropractic services contribute to sciatica pain relief.
Chiropractic Care Works for Sciatic Pain
According to The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, sixty percent of patients who tried chiropractic care for sciatica benefited from the same degree of pain relief as others who opted for surgery. This statistic suggests that chiropractic care for sciatica not only provides pain relief, but also mitigates the need for an invasive surgery. Generally, spinal manipulation reduces swelling around the sciatic nerve and stimulates the nervous system to restore balance to this area; as such, chiropractic care reduces pain and promotes actual recovery from sciatica.
IN Chiropractic & Wellness is Indiana’s Top Rated Local® Wellness Center because we believe in preemptive care and real rehabilitation. Rather than just manage pain, we work with our patients to tackle the root of the pain, rehabilitate and prevent injuries, and generally achieve a healthier lifestyle. Set up an appointment today to see how our chiropractic team can treat your sciatica pain.
We have also written about the well-documented connection between yoga and spinal health. Because sciatica pain is centered in the lower back, even if you feel the pain in your legs, spinal exercises can be extremely beneficial to restore your spinal health. Read our “Benefits of Yoga on the Spine” article to learn more about how yoga can relieve your sciatica pain.
Trigger Point Massages
In addition to your chiropractic treatment, trigger point massages can also alleviate your sciatic pain and help to release your sciatic nerve. Before you picture a zen, lavender-infused massage, know that “trigger point” massages essentially directly target the sciatic nerve. This type of massage works most effectively because it encourages the piriformis muscle to relax, thus reducing pressure on the sciatic nerve.
IN Chiropractic & Wellness
Dr. Todd McDougal is no stranger to rehabilitation, and he has designed his chiropractic wellness center to help his patients long-term rather than just providing temporary relief. If you have any questions about IN Chiropractic & Wellness, feel free to contact our office in Fishers today.