Are you experiencing pain that starts in your lower back or buttock that travels into one or both of your legs?

If so, you may be suffering from sciatica. Sciatic nerve pain can vary in its intensity and frequency, however usually there will be a component of sharp, jabbing or “electric shock” pains that radiates into the legs. You may also experience:
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Worsening symptoms when bending, lifting, sneezing or coughing.

So, what’s causing this?

Sciatica Sciatica is caused by pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve and may occur as a result of:
  • Piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve)
  • Spinal misalignments – Vertebral Subluxation
  • Herniated disc or disc prolapse
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, unsupportive mattress
  • Poor lifting technique and bending habits

Let us help you!

Sciatica We have experience in treating many patients who are suffering from sciatica, which is commonly seen in manual workers, sedentary office workers and is particularly prevalent during pregnancy. Our chiropractors can determine the cause of your sciatic nerve interference through a variety of assessments and examinations. Special diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT scan or MRI scan may also be required to accurately diagnose the specific cause. Since sciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, your chiropractor will treat you by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg. This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques:
  • Spinal adjustments
  • Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
  • Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
In addition to this, you may be offered advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve, as well as information on home stretching exercises and the application of ice and/or heat to help aid your recovery.