Do you experience leg pain that is sometimes accompanied by tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness? If so, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica itself is not a diagnosis, but a symptom of an underlying condition, which may include: lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis (when one bone, or vertebrae, in your back slides forward over the one below it), or spinal stenosis (the narrowing of the open spaces within your spine). The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in your body, and it runs from the low back, down each leg. People who experience sciatica report pain that is prevalent in only one side of the buttocks or leg, pain that is worse while sitting, pain that can be described as burning or tingling, difficulty moving the leg, foot, or toes, or pain that radiates down the leg. Nonsurgical treatment for sciatic nerve pain may include: heat and cold therapy, pain medications, or steroid injections. For a more holistic approach to relieving sciatic nerve pain, patients seek chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, or massage therapy.
Chiropractors treating sciatica focus on providing better spinal alignment in order to address many of the underlying causes of sciatic nerve pain pressure, while Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) use techniques designed to increase blood flow, relax tight muscles, and release endorphins. Both our RMT and chiropractor can also provide you with exercises and stretches designed to strengthen and stretch the spinal column and its supporting structures.
Hycroft Chiropractic & Massage
#114-3195 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3K2
Note from Dr. Michael: Hi everyone, sciatica or sciatic nerve pain is incredibly common and I believe this is because many of us have a sedentary seat job that puts our back muscles to sleep. Then we ask our low back to sustain great forces in physical pursuits or chores around the house. Muscles around the spine can get tight but weak. This predisposes the spine to lose alignment and the sciatic nerve often gets irritated. I would like to be able to help you with your sciatic nerve pain. It all begins with diagnosis. Please contact our office and let’s get to the bottom of your sciatica.