Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the Sciatic nerve. The Sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet.
Signs and symptoms
When the Sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, it can cause pain, numbness and a tingling sensation that radiates from your lower back and travels down one of your legs to your foot and toes.
The pain can range from being mild to very painful, and may be made worse by sneezing, coughing, or sitting for a long period of time. Some people with sciatica may also experience muscle weakness in the affected leg.
While people with sciatica can also have general back pain, the pain associated with sciatica usually affects the buttocks and legs much more than the back.
Treatment for sciatica
Many of the therapies available at Complete Health can help with sciatica.
Chiropractic and Physiotherapy treatments can help relieve pressure on the Sciatic nerve. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists will also teach you a range of exercises that strengthen the muscles that support your back and improve the flexibility of your spine. They will also teach you how to improve your posture and reduce any future strain on your back.
Additionally, massage, can also help alleviate sciatic pain.
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