Whether mild or debilitating, dealing with pain caused by sciatica can be an irritating distraction that has the ability to affect your day-to-day routine. Sciatica is often characterized by an intolerable shooting pain felt down a person’s leg from the buttocks to the back of the thigh. Because this discomfort to the lower body can often come and go, it can become difficult for a person to discern which treatments would be the most appropriate. While using pain-relieving medications (such as NSAIDS) may seem like the fastest solution, they often fail to address the root of the problem and only temporarily alleviate pain.
Fortunately, there are alternative natural and holistic remedies. Instead of momentarily putting your pain on hold, chiropractic care allows for the healing and improvement of the body.
Why see a chiropractor?
Many people assume that they can self-treat sciatica, but without a proper diagnosis from a health professional, they will most likely do more harm than they will good. Considering that the sciatic nerve is the largest and thickest nerve in the human body, each case of sciatica is specific to that individual, meaning that one person’s symptoms could completely vary from another’s. (1)
Sciatica symptoms include: (2)
• Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely on both sides)
• Leg pain that is described as tingling, numbness, or weakness
• Increased pain when sitting/difficulty standing up
• Pain that begins in the lower back and continues down the sciatic nerve to the lower leg and toes
Consulting with a chiropractor allows for a proper diagnosis, and therefore proper treatment. While many people turn to the use of pain-killing medication, epidural steroid injections, or even surgery to alleviate their pain, studies show that non-surgical and natural alternatives, such as deep tissue massage, are just as effective. In fact, a study published in the Scientific World Journal in 2014 found that deep tissue massage alone had just as much of a positive effect on reducing chronic pain relief as a massage and the use of NSAIDs combined. Deep tissue massage therapy applies slow, firm pressure to the affected area, which allows for the manipulation of the deep layers of tissue in the body. (3)
7 Benefits of using Deep Tissue Massage: (4)
- Reduces inflammation by stimulating blood flow
- Helps reduce the nervous system’s automatic stress response
- Releases chronic muscle tension
- Increases blood flow and range of motion
- Promotes a healthy release of endorphins (natural “feel good” chemicals that act like pain relievers)
- Slower, firmer, targeted massage
- Natural/drug-free treatment
When treating sciatica, it is best to find a well-trained and accredited health professional. Dr. Eric, a chiropractor near Florida State University, is also a highly skilled massage therapist with more than 11 years of experience. Pragle Chiropractic and Massage Therapy provide a welcoming and relaxing environment for all types of clients, including students.
If you are an FSU student, you have an alternative to go to the best-rated chiropractor in Tallahassee instead of waiting at the chiropractic and massage therapy at University Health Services (FSU Health and Wellness Center). (5)
Posted by Marissa Barrow