Say Goodbye to Sciatica and Back Pain with Chiropractic Care

Say Goodbye to Sciatica and Back Pain with Chiropractic Care

Back pain and sciatica are common causes of discomfort and disability in the United States today. In fact, about 85% of Americans will see a doctor at some point in their lives regarding their back pain. Sciatica is a pain that is felt along the sciatic nerve (starting from the lower back through the hips, buttocks, and down each leg), and there are numerous causes that can lead to this discomfort. In this article, we will explore some of the most common causes of back pain as well as how these can be treated with chiropractic care and lifestyle changes.


Causes of Back Pain


More often than not, it is not easy to diagnose what causes back pain. Stress, work, and habits can contribute to compression and further pain. Muscle and ligament strains can also lead to inflammation. Back pain could also be part of a larger condition, such as arthritis or osteoporosis.

Sciatica usually happens when a herniated disk compresses part of the nerve, which causes inflammation and sometimes even numbness in the affected leg. Although the pain can sometimes be severe, the good news is that through chiropractic treatment and changes in your habits, you will most likely begin to feel improvements soon!


Chiropractic Treatment


In a 2018 study published in JAMA Network Open, over 300 active-duty military personnel received 12 chiropractic sessions in addition to traditional therapy to treat their back pain. The remaining 300 subjects were not given the chiropractic treatment, just physical therapy and medication. The patients who had received chiropractic care reported: less pain intensity, less disability and more improvement in function, higher satisfaction with their treatment, and less pain medicine.


By using hands-on spinal manipulation, chiropractors help realign the musculoskeletal structure and spine, which enables the body’s regeneration and joint mobility restoration without surgery or medication. While sometimes one session will bring much relief, many times more than one chiropractic session is needed. Nonetheless, these are usally more cost effective and efficient than traditional therapies. In fact, regular chiropractic adjustments can be part of your health care routine. Your chiropractor will also speak with you about health and habit changes that you can incorporate into your routine to improve your quality of life.


Lifestyle Changes


If you don’t already have a stretch routine, you may want to consider starting one. There are easy stretches like the sitting spinal stretch, which will help you release tension from your back. For this stretch, simply sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Reach forward (bend from your hips, not from your back). Don't worry about reaching your toes with your hands or about keeping your legs 100% straight. Simply bend from your hip, breathe deeply, and feel the tension releasing from your back. 

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