Sciatica / Leg Pain
Comprehensive Sciatica Treatment Through Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy
Sciatica can be a severely painful condition. It is caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the hip and down the leg.
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, as anyone who has had sciatica pain can attest. The most common cause of sciatica is pinching or irritation of the nerve in the lower back or spine. Slipping of a disc, slight displacement of a spinal joint, bone spurs or combinations of all of these problems are the typical causes of sciatica nerve irritation.
The Proof Behind the Science of Sciatic Nerve Pain and its Relief
Sciatica is one of the most common conditions for which back surgery is recommended. However, back surgery has an extremely low success rate and carries a fairly high risk of complications. More recent success in non-surgical treatments for sciatic nerve pain has caused several researchers to back chiropractic care and massage therapy as an alternative. Researchers at St. Thomas Hospital recently reported the results of their study on non-surgical treatments for back and sciatic nerve pain in the Journal of Rheumatology. When they compared traction, spinal injections and chiropractic treatment they found that chiropractic treatment was the single most effective treatment in the 513 patients studied!
Massage therapy helps aid the discomfort of sciatica pain by relieving the stress placed on the lower muscles of the back.
In a similar study, researchers at the California College of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine also found chiropractic treatment to significantly improve clinical signs of sciatic nerve compression. Clearly, chiropractic treatment has been shown to be one of the most effective conservative treatments available for those who suffer from sciatic nerve pain. Chiropractic care combined with massage therapy should be the first consideration for those with sciatica. Spinal adjustments offer the opportunity of preventing the need for spinal surgery in many patients.