What is Sciatic Nerve Treatment
If you’ve experienced sciatic nerve pain (“sciatica”), You’ll never forget the feeling – when sciatic nerve pain hits, you just know. This sharp, stabbing and sometimes burning pain is unfortunately very common, either on its own or with a disc injury. Here at Burnaby & New Westminster, we offer the best Sciatic Nerve Treatment for your sciatica pain.
Did you know that the sciatic nerve is the longest—and largest—nerve in your body? But what creates sciatic pain? Sciatic nerve pain is commonly caused by compression of nerve roots (which form the sciatic nerve) as they exit the spine in the lower back. This compression is due to aggravation and injury to the intervertebral discs (the discs between the bones of the spine). When the disc is damaged enough, it tears and ruptures, known as a herniated disc or a “slipped disc”. This can occur with repeated loading and damage such as when sitting for long periods with poor posture, or from a fall or a motor vehicle accident, by lifting something heavy with poor form, lifting and twisting, from the added spinal load with being overweight or even a sneeze!
Looking to learn more about Sciatic Nerve Treatment? Keep reading to find out.
What Options are There for Sciatic Nerve Treatment?
Sciatic nerve pain can be treated in a variety of ways, most notably through chiropractic care, massage therapy, physiotherapy, Active Release Technique (ART), and Cold Laser Therapy. While a combination of several treatment strategies is sometimes required, lifestyle changes are also an important factor to help a patient heal quickly. Lifestyle changes such as weight loss—when a patient is overweight—avoiding lifting heavy weights, and posture improvements. Depending on the severity of your sciatic nerve pain, different strategies and combinations of treatment will be recommended along with referrals as needed to help you get the best care possible.
Two common sciatica treatment options are chiropractic care and massage therapy. Many patients even notice an improvement after just one day of treatment! These treatments are typically paired with prescribed exercises to be done at home. Active Release Technique (ART) is another popular and effective treatment for sciatic nerve pain. This hands-on technique is a combination of examination and treatment of soft tissues (which includes nerves). Its practice includes careful evaluation of the specific tissues that are causing pain and dysfunction and tensioning the body and tissues in opposite directions to release adhesions, scar tissue and tightness. Nerve pressure and irritation can be reduced quickly by helping nerves glide easier through muscles and other tissues. Improvements can often be noticed immediately because of the precision and effectiveness of this technique!
The Benefits of Sciatic Nerve Treatment
With every Sciatic Nerve Treatment, the body releases endorphins that help fight pain, resulting in immediate lasting relief that helps boost flexibility and mobility. Patients often find long-term benefits including better sleep, more energy, lowered stress, and the ability to get back to doing what they love, without being limited by sciatic nerve pain. Treatments will also help you achieve better posture, better strength and better balance through your affected leg, all allowing you to have a more active and healthy lifestyle.
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Sciatic pain can range from mild to severe. Symptoms can include some or all of the following: Lower back pain that extends into the buttocks or farther down to the back of the leg and foot, weakness and loss of energy, excessive tightness in the hamstrings, as well as a numbing or tingling sensation. These symptoms typically only felt on one side of the body. If you think you’re suffering from sciatic pain symptoms and want to see if our treatment is right for you, our staff can provide you with a professional assessment and get you on the path to better health! Schedule your appointment today!