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Sciatica Pain: What Is It?


The sciatic nerve, also referred to as sciatica, is an extremely important nerve. It starts within the lower back, runs across the buttocks, and down each of the legs. There are 5 spinal nerve roots which unite to form the major sciatic nerve. Whenever any of these 5 nerve roots get irritated or compressed severe pain can occur. This nerve can also get compressed, which can cause unbearable pain within the lower body. Obesity, pinched sciatic nerve, piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis and lumbar disc herniations are some common causes of sciatic nerve damage.

Gluteus muscles and active trigger sites within the lower back might also cause this condition. In addition, poor posture over a prolonged period of time might induce sciatica pain. Chiropractic sciatica therapy is an extremely common method of alleviating the symptoms of sciatica. Other treatment options may include physical therapy, sciatic nerve stretches, stretching exercises, massage therapy and weight loss.

Chiropractors make use of different types of treatment models. Generally, they focus on using manual spine manipulations, referred to as the chiropractic adjustment. The diagnosis begins with the chiropractic practitioner asking the patient comprehensive questions regarding his symptoms and condition. The chiropractor may also need an MRI or X-Ray report in order to make a thorough diagnosis.

All chiropractic therapies and exercises are aimed at restricting the movement across damaged or injured tissues as well as improving circulation of blood within the area so as to get rid of inflammatory problems. Therapeutic stretching exercises, massage therapy and traction exercises are some basic chiropractic therapy methods commonly utilized for treating sciatica.
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