Commonly Asked Questions


Can Chiropractic Help Sciatica?

Nothing is more "bread and butter" than sciatica and chiropractic care!  Chiropractors are doctors of the spine, more specifically of the nervous system, and sciatica happens to be a condition that involves both.  

The sciatic nerve is a bundle of spinal nerves that exit from the lower back and pelvic regions of your spine and travel down your leg to provide much of the feeling and movement of the leg.  When this nerve becomes restricted, impinged, irritated, stretched, or pinched it tends to be quite painful.  The most common symptoms of sciatica are pain, tingling, and/or numbness that travels down the leg, often to the calf, ankle, or foot.

Chiropractors are often able to help reduce the irritation to the nerve by adjusting the spine and decreasing muscle tension so that eventually the pain and symptoms subside.  This does take time, however; as nerves are some of the slowest healing tissue in the body, only healing about 1mm per day!  Also, the more degeneration in the spine or the longer the problem has been around, the longer it may take to fully resolve the issue.  

While many people use over-the-counter medications or even seek medical help for sciatica, chiropractors have successfully been treating this condition since its inception back in the late 1800's! If you have been experiencing sciatica pain then know that relief can be on the way if you reach out to our team at Centered Chiropractic.