02 May Find Relief From Your Sciatica With Spinal Decompression Therapy
Sciatica is commonly confused with chronic back pain. While it is chronically painful, it is more specific than that. It’s a pressure on your sciatic nerve, causing the pain you feel in your back, legs, and buttocks. It is the longest and widest nerve in the body, making it easy to pinch. Spinal decompression therapy has been shown to help sciatica symptoms and relieve chronic pain.
What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve controls your muscles in the lower legs and also supplies sensation to the foot and the majority of the lower leg. Sciatica is not a medical condition or syndrome, but a symptom of the sciatic nerve being compressed. A slipped disc is the most common reason a person will experience sciatica, and the most common area to slip a disc is in your lower back. The main symptom is a shooting pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve, like the lower back, through the buttock, and down the back of either leg. Other common symptoms of sciatica include numbness in the leg along the nerve and a tingling sensation in the feet and toes.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy stretches the spine, using a traction table or similar device, to relieve back pain and/or leg pain. This therapy is nonsurgical decompression therapy, as opposed to surgical spinal decompression, like a laminectomy. It creates a negative pressure on spinal discs to promote flexibility or repositioning of the injured disc. It also can create a lower pressure and space in the disc that will cause healing nutrients to rush in. It is a great method of pain management when patients do not want to undergo surgery. A chiropractor commonly uses these methods in their office.
How Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Help My Sciatica?
Spinal decompression therapy can help sciatica by relieving the pressure put on the sciatic nerve by a bulging disc. This manipulation of the spine opens up whatever is pressing down on the sciatic nerve, leading to a reduction in pain in the area. Once the pressure has been relieved, and the spine stretched out, the nerve will cease to send signals to the brain. Inflammation will eventually subside in the area and the spine will return to its normal placement. Continuing these stretching exercises will ensure the pain stays away.