Sciatica Treatment in East Orlando
How Chiropractic Relieves Sciatica
Chiropractic adjustments are a very effective form of treatment to relive sciatic pain. The chiropractic adjustment is a gently form of motion to individual segments of the spine which effect the tissue in three ways.
- Relieves nerve pressure affecting sciatica.
- Relieve muscle reflex pain and spasms.
- Reduces disc pressure which is also a contributing factor in sciatic pain.
What you can expect with chiropractic adjustments is decrease pain, decreased muscle spasms and increased mobility.
Therapy to Relieve Sciatica
Typically our treatment protocol for sciatica includes several therapies. Each therapy is used to promote a different physiological effect.
Myofascial release is utilized to decrease the muscle spasms and pressure on the sciatic nerve. Deep massage therapy is an alternate form of muscle work to effect the muscles related to the pain of sciatica.
In addition our treatment may also include therapy which deliver a form of cryotherapy into the muscle tissue. The physiologic effects of cryotherapy include immediate vasoconstriction with reflexive vasodilation, decreased local metabolism and enzymatic activity, and decreased oxygen demand. Cryotherapy decreases muscle activity and decrease spasticity and muscle guarding. It is commonly used to alleviate the pain, decrease muscle soreness, and aids in the relief of sciatica.
Intersegmental traction is another means of inducing passive motion into your spine for the purpose of increasing mobility and stretching spinal joints. The discs of your spine have a poor blood supply. Misalignment of the spine prevents this exchange from occurring. Intersegmental traction helps restore proper motion. Patients lie supine on a table which has vibrating roller-type cams beneath its surface. These massaging rollers travel slowly up and down the spine. Most patients find this form of traction to be very relaxing and therapeutic.
What Causes Sciatica?
There are several spinal nerves that unite out of the lower spinal column which make up the sciatic nerve.
Several muscles cross over the sciatic nerve in the buttock region. When those muscles contract or compresses the sciatic nerve it causes sciatica or pain down the leg.
Sciatica symptoms include pain, burning and tingling down the back of the leg and into the foot. On occasion if the sciatic nerve inflammation is severe enough it can cause weakness in the muscles of the leg. Eventually preventing people from enjoying life or work.
While general wear and tear on the spine is most often the cause of sciatica, there are specific conditions that present as sciatic nerve pain:
- Degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis
- Herniated disc, bulging disc, or slipped disc
- Lumbar spinal stenosis • Muscle spasms in hip and buttocks
- Piriformis syndrome
- Spinal and pelvic misalignments
See how Dr. Jamee Fike, Dr. Sarah Norris, DC, and Dr. Daniel Warner can help you!