Sciatica Treatments

Sciatica isn’t a fun thing to live with, but you can find relief in the hands of Dr. Maxine Helman serving Scarsdale, NY, and the surrounding communities.

Sciatica and Chiropractic Care

Sciatica is a common issue that creates back pain and other debilitating symptoms. Below, Dr. Helman and her team in Scarsdale, NY, explain what this condition is, how it occurs, and how chiropractic care can help.

What Is Sciatica?

From your lower back to your feet runs the longest nerve in the body – the sciatic nerve. It often becomes compressed or pinched due to accidents or daily habits that lead to spinal misalignment and herniated discs. When it is compressed, it leads to symptoms such as:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sharp, shooting pains from the lower back to the feet
  • Burning sensations
  • Numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness, especially in the extremities

These symptoms only occur on the side of the body where the nerve is compressed. Most people can find temporary relief by walking around for a few moments or changing positions. However, until the source of the pain is addressed, it will come back.

How Chiropractic Care Helps

The goals of treatment are to relieve the pressure on the nerve, treat the resulting symptoms and injuries, and correct the issue, such as misalignment, that led to it in the first place. To accomplish these goals, a combination of techniques is typically employed.

Adjustments are vital to correcting any alignment issues, as well as increasing the space available to encourage the discs to stay in their proper place. Targeted stretches can further relieve pressure on the discs and nerves.

Electrical stimulation can be helpful in various ways. It not only helps reduce muscle spasms and tension that compressed nerves can cause, but it can also improve blood flow and promote tissue regeneration.

Lifestyle adjustments are also critical to lasting relief, especially if daily habits are at the core of the issue. Your chiropractor might work with you on correcting posture, improving your lifting techniques, choosing supportive footwear, setting up a more ergonomic workspace, or staying more active in ways that improve your spinal health.

Don’t let sciatica make you miss out on life. Visit Dr. Helman for a personalized and natural path to healing by calling (914) 722-7688 to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve the residents of Scarsdale, Edgemont, White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Eastchester, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Armonk, Hartsdale, Harrison, Hastings, Mount Vernon, Pelham, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Port Chester, Rye Brook, and surrounding areas. 

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