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Sciatica Basics

Sciatica Basics
Your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back, downward through your buttocks, and into the back of each leg. It is the longest and widest nerve in your body and controls the muscles in your lower legs. It also provides sensation to your legs and soles of your feet. When someone suffers from sciatica it means they feel persistent pain along their sciatic nerve.
Usually this condition is caused by pressure on the nerve by bone, disc or muscle. The chiropractors at YourChiro can help relieve this condition with a simple adjustment taking the pressure off of the nerve; allowing the body to heal. Trying this non-invasive approach first can save you time and money and help you get back to health faster than conventional medicine.
Chiropractic Gets to the Cause
People suffering from intense sciatic pain will often try just about anything to make it go away, but the problem with many conventional treatments is that they simply mask the symptoms with pain medication or muscle relaxants. A chiropractor will work to find the cause of your pain, and if it is determined to be sciatica, treatment will begin to relieve some of the pressure on the nerve.
Many patients prefer chiropractic treatment because it is completely non-invasive and drug-free. People tend to be wary of more invasive treatments where their spine is concerned. And most people figure out quickly that taking pain medications is only covering up a symptom, and not really getting to the heart of the issue.
Preventative Tips
Of course, you can always help yourself when it comes to lower back pain. Sciatica can’t always be prevented, but if you work to maintain a healthy weight, watch your posture, avoid prolonged periods of sitting, use proper lifting technique, and exercise regularly you’ll be giving yourself a good head start. These tips, combined with treatment from our chiropractic team YourChiro will help make your sciatic pain a thing of the past.