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5 Exercises that will help your sciatic pain

One of the first times I saw a chiropractor was when I was a teenager playing loads of netball. I use to get a sensation of a spider crawling on the outside of my right foot. My mum took me to my local chiro and the rest was history. What I once thought was a spider on my foot. I now know was irritation to my lower back.
The sciatic nerve is a huge nerve that leaves your lower back and passes down the middle of your buttocks, down the back of your leg and finishes below the bottom of your heel

Sciatic pain can cause numbness tingling or weakness in the legs and feet, tight hamstrings and buttocks muscles and also pain from sitting to standing
The nerve can be irritated by a number of different structures in the body.

Sciatica Pain Patterns

A chiropractor is an expert at identifying the culprit. Here are just a few:
• Pirformis Syndrome
• Disc herniation’s in the lumbar spine
• Dysfunctional or jammed up joints in the lower back and hip
• Sacro-illiac or Facet Joint dysfunction
• Spinal Stenosis
• Spondylolisthesis

How chiropractors treat Sciatica

First I need to do a complete clinical history and physical examination. This is where I will play detective and assess the contributing factors over your lifetime that have led to the pain and inflammation.

While the diagnosis of Sciatica is relatively simple, it is important to rule out a few things to make sure we know the exact cause. In some cases this may require an x-ray or MRI to rule out certain conditions but likely these are not needed if you respond to conservative management
If the pain is musculoskeletal then restoring motion is important. One of the first things I recommend to patients is to walk. An inflamed sciatic nerve doesn’t like to be sat on.

  • Part of your chiropractic appointment is a specific assessment of your nervous system and an assessment of the joints and muscles of your lower back.
  • The treatment is dependent on the cause and there are a variety of things that can be done to help the body cope with the increase in pain and inflammation.
  • When a joint gets stuck or has restricted range of motion, supportive tissues muscles tendons and fascia will also tighten and spasm to protect the spinal joint dysfunction
  • Restoring segmental motion of joints can be performed by chiropractic adjustments, which can help restore movement and help reduce pain and inflammation
  • I also use trigger point therapy, stretching, myofascial releases and dry needling to help relieve the muscular component that may also be contributing to the pain

Click the link to watch my top 5 exercises for lower back pain

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