WHAT IS SCIATIC PAIN?
Sciatic pain, or sciatica, is lower back pain that extends into the lower leg(s). It can feel dull, sharp or even like pins and needles. It may vary from a constant pain or occur occasionally. Sciatic pain is most often due to compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatic pain may be caused by:
- Nerve entrapment in the lumbar spine
- Disc herniation
- Piriformis syndrome – sciatic nerve compression by the piriformis muscle (usually due to misalignment of the sacrum or pelvis)
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
Your sciatic nerve is an “information highway”, carrying messages from the brain to the buttocks and to each leg. The nerve roots of the lower part of your spinal cord (L4-S3) join together to form the largest nerve-the sciatic nerve, which is about the size of two fingers together. The sciatic nerve allows you to walk and feel sensations in your lower body. If the sciatic nerve has pressure on it for a long period of time, it can lead to continued leg weakness, loss of bowel and/or bladder function, difficulty breathing, anxiety, and even panic attack symptoms.
‘Sciatica’ is a description of the group of symptoms that occur when the sciatic nerve is compressed. Experts estimate that most cases of sciatic pain occur between the ages of 25 to 45, and that approximately 15-40% of the population will experience sciatic pain during their lives.
The good news is that our gentle chiropractic care can take pressure off the sciatic nerve, often leading to restored function. Approximately 90% of sciatic pain cases will resolve over a three to six month period with chiropractic care. Chiropractors are considered primary health care practitioners, meaning that you don’t need a referral from your MD to make an appointment.
Dr. Gerowitz has years of experience in providing effective, drug- and surgery-free chiropractic care for their patients. They work with the Nervous System to remove pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that travel to every cell, tissue, organ and organ system of the body! Patients consistently report feeling more energy, greater ease in their body, deeper breathing and improved sleep with chiropractic care.
Sciatic Pain Help at Innate Life Chiropractic
At Innate Life Chiropractic in Palatine, our chiropractor will perform an examination, InSight neurospinal scans, and evaluate your posture to discover where your body is out of balance. After analyzing the findings , Dr. Nathan will develop a care plan to help improve the health of your body, spine, nervous system and quality of life expression.
“Every adjustment is a positive input to the physiology.” – Dr. Arno Burnier
Tonal Chiropractic Adjustments
This approach looks at the overall tone of your nervous system. Is your body stuck in a sympathetic overdrive of “Fight or Flight” or over-exhuasted from a parasympathetic hibernation? Tonal chiropractic allows your body to find the harmony between these two extremes, while also relieving abnormal tension on the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. This allows your brain and body to be more adaptable and resilient. Digestion and elimination are both normal functions of the body, however can be interfered with when the nervous system is running “fight or flight” all the time. Dr. Nathan uses a combination of MLS, Network Spinal Analysis, Biogeometric Integration, and MC2 to help your nervous system shift from stress to healing.
Dr. Nathan will adjust the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and take pressure off the spinal nerves. He will also focus on any imbalanced zone(s) of your body. Every cell in the body falls into at least one of the 6 zones: glandular, eliminative, nervous, digestive, muscular and circulatory. Dr. Nathan will determine which zone is either out of balance or needs a boost. In this way not only may the health of the sciatic nerve, but all functions in the body may improve.
At Innate Life Chiropractic, we focus on your innate ability to heal, grow, and thrive. Everything we do is in service to unleashing that potential. Contact Palatine’s premier family chiropractor for help with sciatic pain today.