If you have sciatica, it can cause pain that can interfere with your everyday life and make certain tasks challenging. At Acosta Chiropractic Inc., in Riverside, CA, we can help treat the discomfort associated with sciatica and other painful conditions so you can feel your best. Before visiting us, learn more about what causes sciatica and how chiropractic care can be beneficial for recovery!
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is caused by an issue with the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, which begins in the lower back and travels through the buttocks into each leg. When the nerve becomes pinched or irritated, this triggers the pain referred to as sciatica. Sciatica can be caused by spinal misalignment, personal injury, bulging discs, poor posture, muscle tension, or degenerative disc disease.
Symptoms of Sciatica
The most common symptom of sciatica is pain. This pain can be constant or intermittent, which means it comes and goes. It can also occur in different regions, such as the back, hips, buttocks, or legs. The pain may be tingling, burning, sharp, or dull. You may also experience other symptoms like numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs or feet. The discomfort can also become worse after sitting or standing for a long period of time.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
Chiropractic care offers several treatment methods for sciatica. It's important to note that our chiropractor focuses on treating the underlying cause of pain, rather than managing the symptoms.
During a chiropractic adjustment, our chiropractor will use gentle thrusts and pressure to correct misalignments. Adjustments can relieve pain from sciatica, relax muscle tension, and improve function of the nervous system and flexibility.
If your sciatica is caused by a bulging or herniated disc, our chiropractor may perform spinal decompression. This technique uses a special table to create negative pressure within your spine, which allows the disc to return to its natural position and relieves the pain associated with the herniated disc.
Our chiropractor will decide which exercises would be beneficial for you and teach you how to do them correctly. Then, you'll continue to do the exercises when you are at home. Therapeutic exercises can relieve pain, strengthen weak muscles, help maintain proper alignment, and improve flexibility.
Lifestyle and Nutrition Advice
We may also recommend lifestyle and nutritional changes. Exercise can help relieve sciatica pain, and improve your overall health. Nutritional changes are beneficial for weight loss, reduce inflammation, and will help you meet your health goals.
Pain from sciatica often causes muscle tension in many regions. Chiropractic massage can relieve this tension and help with healing. It's also great for relaxation and improves blood flow within the body.
Contact us for Treatment Today
If you are suffering from sciatica or chronic back pain, contact Acosta Chiropractic Inc. in Riverside, CA, at (951) 354-6294. We offer a range of treatments, including chiropractic adjustment, massage therapy, and corrective exercises.