Chiropractic care focuses on restoring and maintaining proper spinal alignment and function to reduce pain and improve your overall health. Once you know more about sciatica, it’s easy to understand why chiropractic care effectively treats this common disorder.
Pamela V. Ford, DC, and her team at Serenity Chiropractic & Family Wellness Center in Carrollton, Texas, specialize in nonsurgical, drug-free treatment that tackles pain at its source. Dr. Ford’s holistic approach to your overall health includes developing a customized plan to treat painful spinal conditions that are disrupting your overall quality of life.
Here, Dr. Ford and her team share their thoughts about the many benefits of gentle chiropractic adjustments for sciatica.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica refers to pain, numbness, and other symptoms that occur when the sciatic nerve is irritated or inflamed due to nerve impingement or compression. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body, originating from the lower back and extending down the back of each leg.
Common causes of sciatica include spinal stenosis (spinal canal narrowing), degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis (slippage of one vertebra over another), muscle imbalances, and rarely, tumors or infections.
Sciatica symptoms can vary in severity and may include sharp or shooting pain, aching or burning sensations, tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness that can travel from the lower back through the buttocks and down one or both legs. The pain may worsen with prolonged sitting, standing, or physical activity and may be aggravated by coughing, sneezing, or straining.
What is gentle chiropractic adjustment?
Gentle chiropractic adjustment, also known as low-force chiropractic or low-velocity, low-amplitude (LVLA) adjustment, is a chiropractic technique that uses gentle and subtle methods to manipulate the spine and other joints.
This approach is characterized by its low force, minimal twisting or cracking of joints, and is focused on gentle, controlled movements. During a gentle chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Ford uses techniques such as light pressure, soft tissue mobilization, stretching, and specialized chiropractic instruments to adjust the spine or other joints.
These techniques are less forceful and abrupt than traditional chiropractic adjustments, which may involve more force and audible popping or cracking sounds.
The benefits of gentle chiropractic adjustment for sciatica
Benefits of gentle chiropractic adjustments for sciatica include:
Dr. Ford may use various techniques, such as spinal adjustments, mobilization, and soft tissue therapies, to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve and reduce inflammation, which decreases pain.
Improved spinal alignment
Misalignment of the spine, also known as subluxation, can contribute to sciatica. Gentle chiropractic adjustments help restore proper spinal alignment, relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve and reducing pain.
Noninvasive and drug-free
Gentle chiropractic care for sciatica focuses on natural healing and does not involve medication or surgery, making it suitable for those who prefer a more holistic approach to health care.
After a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms, Dr. Ford tailors gentle chiropractic care to your individual needs. Her strategy may include spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapies such as massage, physical therapy, stretching, and other conservative treatments.
Improved function and mobility
Sciatica can significantly impact your daily mobility and routine. Gentle chiropractic care aims to restore proper spinal alignment, reduce pain and inflammation, and improve overall function, mobility, and quality of life.
Holistic health care
Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach to your well-being, focusing on the relationship between your spine, nervous system, and overall health. Along with treatments for sciatica, Dr. Ford may also recommend regular exercise, improved nutrition, and other healthy habits to complement your treatments and promote long-term health and wellness.
Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Ford at Serenity Chiropractic & Family Wellness Center today. Call the office or request an appointment online.