Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rockledge Sciatica Problems Helped With Chiropractic Therapy by Marco J. La Starza, D.C.

Sciatica is generally caused by a subluxation in the lower spine, which pinches or irritates one of the nerve roots that plug into the sciatic nerve, or it may affect the nerve directly. Sciatica may also be caused by herniated discs or bulging discs or inflammation of the spinal cord. 15% of people may have a deformity called Piriformis syndrome where the sciatic nerve runs through the piriformis muscle instead of underneath it. When the muscle spasms, it can "strangle" the nerve causing symptoms to go down the leg which can be very painful.

Certain positions and activities can trigger sciatica such as sitting on a wallet, slouching and standing while favoring one leg. Even favoring one side of your body can cause stress to go on one side and cause the other side to compensate. Pregnancy can also trigger or aggravate sciatica as the uterus applies pressure to the nerve. Sciatica is a common cause for leg pain and lower back pain.

Symptoms can vary widely based on which particular nerves are being affected, and what they are responsible for. These can include weakness, tingling or numbness in the lower limbs, although generally it only affects one side of the body. It may impact each side of the body differently as well, with different symptoms on either side, such as burning, tingling, numbness, and even feel like ants crawling on you.

A Chiropractor is often able to address sciatica through adjustments, and by prescribing exercises that target the muscles responsible for holding the spine in alignment. Sciatica has a wide range of symptoms and effects which may vary from one person to the next.

Regular visits to your Rockledge Chiropractor will allow you to lead a full and normal life without the pain of sciatica. Through adjustments, exercises and changes in habits, your Chiropractor can keep you feeling your best and functional at your peak potential.

Relief from the pain and stress of sciatica is possible when you take part in a personalized plan for improvement. Learn more about methods and therapeutic techniques of your Rockledge chiropractor by visiting online at .