Sciatica Treatment at Taunton Chiropractors
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is pain arising in the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, running from the spinal cord down through the buttock and the back of each leg to the foot. Sciatic pain is most often caused by abnormal pressure on the nerve roots in the spinal cord.
Whilst surgery is an appropriate intervention in only 10% of long term cases, most people prefer to avoid surgery until all other options have been explored. Many people consider conservative care such as chiropractic, osteopathy, rehabilitation and massage to be real alternatives. Why not speak to your G.P about Chiropractic care and ask for a local recommendation?
Who treats Sciatica?
The current NICE guidelines for the management of lower back pain with or without Sciatica recommend a course of Manual Therapy combined with exercise. Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists regularly treat sciatica with a combination of hands on treatments and specific advice on exercise tailored to your individual case.
Sciatica is characterised by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia.
Sciatica is often caused by sciatic nerve compression and can also be described as a trapped nerve. In most cases, the sciatic nerve is trapped by either a bulging or 'slipped' disc or by bony encroachment due to wear and tear.
Chiropractic care for Sciatica
Sciatica is a condition that responds well to Chiropractic care. A thorough examination is essential before treatment can begin, since without due care, it is far too easy to aggravate an already irritated sciatic nerve. When your chiropractor has completed his consultation and examination, he should be able to tell you which nerve root is irritated and target treatment accordingly.
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Whatever the cause of your sciatica, thousands of people like you are finding relief from their symptoms through conservative care. A combination of manipulation/mobilisation, massage, acupuncture and your own specifically targeted stretches will allow you to return to your normal life.
“When I first went to see Alex Bowling I was suffering with numbness and severe pain down my left leg. I couldn’t walk very far without having to sit down as the pain was so bad. After a few months of treatment I cannot believe the improvement in my condition. I still get the occasional pain, but nothing I can’t cope with. Excellent diagnosis and treatment of my condition. Like most people, I was dubious about going to a chiropractor, but in all honesty I can say I would definitely recommend Alex Bowling as he has done an excellent job for me.”Duncan Sciatica
“After suffering for the last 3 years with progressively worsening stiffness in the back and sciatic-esque symptoms I decided I needed to seek expert help. Especially if I was to overcome these issues at a relatively young age.After popping by for a free consultation, where Alex assessed me, I began a limited course of weekly treatments.I can safely now, that after just a few visits my back is much improved. The “stiffness” has virtually disappeared inside just the first two sessions and my overall flexibility and movement has gotten better with each subsequent treatment.No Chiropractor is a miracle worker. It’s up to you to make adjustments in your own life if you want to get better. It’s a partnership between patient and clinician. But if you’re looking for the right expert to partner with then I have no hesitation in recommending Alex and Taunton Chiropractors.”Ashley Sciatica
“Two years ago I developed sciatica after aggravating an ongoing back problem. My GP said that it was the worst case she had seen, and after X-rays a diagnosis of arthritis was confirmed. I could not sit or stand without pain. Walking was slow and laborious, extremely painful and I needed the support of furniture and walls. The effect this had on my work and home life was immense. I made an emergency appointment to see Alex Bowling. I was impressed with the initial consultation feeling that I could place my confidence in him and the treatment he was suggesting. I felt that someone understood my back problem and would support me in my decision to avoid an operation and the need for painkilling drugs. The treatment was intensive and I’m sure I proved to be a challenge for Alex. He offered suggestions eg. Acupuncture and advice on how to carry on with my work and home life. Now, I am much more mobile. I can stand up straight, walk at some length and carry on as normal with minor adjustments. None of this would have been possible without the treatment care and support provided by Alex. I have been treated as an individual with true professionalism.”Maureen Sciatica
“Excellent I have suffered for year's with sciatica and now it's unbelievably better definitely recommend.”Mark Sciatica