Sciatica Pain

Sciatica is a term used to describe the painful and irritating set of symptoms that occur when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed.

Revolution Chiropractic - Dr Mark Illguth - Sciatica Pain - 2

Sciatica Pain

Sciatica is a term used to describe the painful and irritating set of symptoms that occur when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed.

Revolution Chiropractic - Dr Mark Illguth - Sciatica Pain - 2

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Sciatica Pain

Sciatica is a term used to describe the painful and irritating set of symptoms that occur when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed, pain and discomfort is usually not the first sign of a sciatic issue brewing, decreased range of spinal joint motion, a structural shift in your spinal alignment and narrowed spinal discs. The condition can stem from a variety of causes, including spinal misalignment, narrowing of the spinal canal, degenerative conditions, muscle spasms and even pregnancy, among others.

For many sufferers, as sciatica progresses it makes even activities of daily living nearly impossible due to the pain and mobility limitations the condition often elicits. If you struggle with sciatica, corrective chiropractic care is a natural and highly effective treatment that can help you find relief due to improved function, restored joint mobility and alignment plus removing the pressure on the nerves that when unobstructed enable the body to heal.

At Revolution Chiropractic, we address sciatica pain at its source: structural misalignment of the body. When the spine is out of proper alignment, it places excessive pressure on the surrounding nerves and tissues, which affects how your spine and pelvis functions, it can affect organs supplied by those nerves (bladder, digestion, leg muscle strength). Over time it can then lead to the symptoms associated with sciatica. By locating and correcting the primary cause of the problem rather than treating the symptoms, we restore normal Neuromusculoskeletal function (health to the nervbe, health to the muscle, and better function to the spine), which in turn, provides relief.

What to Expect With Chiropractic Care for Sciatica Pain

At Revolution Chiropractic, the first step is a comprehensive neurostructural examination. We will examine your entire spine using a variety of imaging and assessment techniques to locate underlying structural abnormalities that when left unaddressed can lead to a variety of secondary symptoms like sciatica. You’ll also discuss your history and daily habits to provide a comprehensive illustration of your condition, which allows us to make an in-depth, informed diagnosis.

After collecting all pertinent information and evaluating the results of your neurostructural exam, the doctor will then formulate a customised plan of care to progressively correct the underlying structural abnormalities that are the source of the problem.

At each appointment, you’ll receive ongoing evaluation of your spine and the surrounding structures, which allows us to tailor each correction to your body’s needs. After your adjustment, you’ll then perform a series of tailored rehabilitation exercises that work to strengthen your spine, encourage mobility and solidify your corrective adjustment.

Health Benefits of Structural Chiropractic Care for Sciatica Pain

If you struggle with sciatica pain that limits your ability to perform even the simpliest of tasks and daily activities, we encourage you not to wait for the issue to worsen, as discomfort and pain are usually the last thing to occur corrective chiropractic care at our Queensland, Miami clinic can offer the following benefits:

Pain Relief due to Focusing on the Underlying Problem, Not Merely Symptom Suppression
Through targeted, precise structural corrections, we progressively re-establish the spine’s normal, healthy alignment. In doing so, we are able to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve, which effectively improves the function of the surrounding joints, restores mobility, stability and strength and by dealing with the underlying issue and not bandaiding the problem, patients find that the pain signaling to the brain decreases. When sciatica occurs as a result of tension or knotting in the gluteal muscles, remedial soft tissue techniques work to alleviate discomfort by relaxing contracted, knotted tissues and our specialised massage therapist can be included in your corrective care plan.

Improved Nerve Signaling
When the sciatic nerve is compromised, the only way it can communicate its problem is through nerve signaling. It does this by transmitting pain signals through the spinal cord to the brain. Pain is usually one of the last things that occurs and is usually due to years of poor lifestyle habits. Those signals then travel along the nerve branch, which extends from the low back through the leg to the foot. Interruptions to the nerve’s normal signaling can also result in weakness, tingling and numbness that make daily movement a challenge. Through gradual structural corrections, we aim to restore the spine and nerve system to a healthier and functioning alignment, which relieves pressure on the nerve and restores healthy signaling.

Mobility Improvement
When you experience sciatica pain and lower body weakness as a result of abnormal structural shifts, you may not have realised the decreased spinal range of motion and rigidity that has slowly set in over time. Then as the issue increases you may alter your movement patterns even more in an attempt to cope with the discomfort. Over time, altered movement patterns can further exacerbate misalignments and promote chronic discomfort and mobility problems. As we correct the structural alignment of your spine, we encourage the re-establishment of normal, healthy movement patterns that promote increased mobility, function and healing.

Common Sciatica Symptoms that Can Benefit from NeuroStructural Chiropractic Care

Because sciatica is a complex condition with a variety of potential causes, it generates a number of irritating and painful symptoms that can benefit from corrective chiropractic care, including:

  • Low back, buttock and leg pain
  • Tingling or numbness of the legs or feet
  • Weakness of the lower extremities
  • Shooting pain when standing or sitting

  • Hip pain, tightness or soreness
  • Burning sensation in the lower extremities
  • Referred pain from the low back

Frequently Asked Questions

Sciatica’s duration is highly dependent on the individual in question and his or her daily habits. In younger individuals, it is dependent on their history of sports, accidents and traumas, poor posture and daily repetitive actions, so much so that sciatica may come and go for periods lasting as long as several weeks, though again, that’s dependent on the person, if there are any differences noticed in range of motion, we encourage a check up as soon as possible.

As we age, sciatica may become chronic due to progressive, degenerative spinal conditions that place growing pressure on the sciatic nerve root. Unfortunately, pain and dysfunction will undoubtedly return until the underlying cause of the nerve compression is alleviated.

Absolutely! At our Miami, Queensland clinic, we recommend the following lifestyle modifications that can help protect your back and reduce your risk of sciatica recurrence:

  • Practice regular exercise to strengthen the low back, abdomen and gluteal muscles.
  • Each case is looked at individually so we will be able to make individualised recommendations for your specific case.
  • Practice good posture to relieve strain on your lower back while standing, sitting and sleeping.
  • Avoid prolonged periods of sitting.
  • Practice proper lifting and bending techniques.
  • Avoid smoking as cigarette use is a risk factor for spinal disc degeneration.