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Chiropractic Care for Sciatica Relief

Published Date: 
December 5, 2022
A woman cannot stand up straight because of sciatica pain.

If you are suffering from sciatica, a chiropractor can not only help relieve pain, but also ensure it does not become a chronic condition.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

There are a variety of potential causes of sciatic nerve pain, so it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of sciatica treatment. Calling a chiropractor is a good idea if you think you may be experiencing this type of pain. 

Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat conditions that can cause sciatic nerve pain. They will perform a physical examination and may order additional tests, such as x-rays to rule out other potential causes of your pain. Once a diagnosis is made, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan that may include spinal manipulation and other therapies to relieve your pain.

What Is Sciatica? 

Sciatica can be a severe condition making it difficult to walk or stand for long periods. The shooting pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the buttocks and the legs. Several conditions can cause sciatica, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and pregnancy. Treatment for sciatica typically includes pain relief medication, physical therapy, and exercise. Surgery is sometimes necessary to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Causes of Sciatica 

Many conditions cause sciatica. The most common cause is a herniated spinal disc, which occurs when the rubbery discs that cushion the spine become damaged, begin to bulge or rupture, and put pressure on the sciatic nerve. 

Other causes of sciatica include spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal), degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another).

A woman is suffering from sciatica pain.

Symptoms of Sciatica 

Several symptoms are associated with sciatica, and they vary depending on the underlying cause. The most common symptom is pain radiating along the sciatic nerve from the lower back down to the leg. This pain is often described as a sharp or burning sensation and can be mild to severe. Other symptoms may include tingling, numbness, or weakness in the leg. In some cases, the pain may be so powerful that it interferes with daily activities such as walking or sitting.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatic Nerve Damage  

There are many different treatment options available for sciatic nerve pain. Some people find relief with over-the-counter (OTC) medications, while others may need to see a healthcare provider for more specialized care. Chiropractic care is an effective option for reducing sciatic nerve pain.

Chiropractic care is an alternative medicine focusing on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors use various techniques to adjust the spine and other joints in the body to help reduce pain, improve range of motion, and promote healing.

A chiropractor is treating a patient for sciatica.

How Chiropractic Adjustments Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain

Chiropractic adjustments can help to relieve sciatic nerve pain by restoring alignment to the spine and reducing pressure on the sciatic nerve. Adjustments are often combined with other forms of treatment, such as massage, physical therapy, and exercises to provide the best results.

Preventing Chronic Sciatic Disorders 

A chiropractor can help prevent chronic sciatic disorders by keeping the spine aligned and ensuring the nerves are not pinched. If the spine is out of alignment, it can put pressure on the nerves and cause pain. A chiropractor uses various techniques to adjust the spine and relieve nerve pressure. These techniques may include massage, manipulation, and exercises.

How Many Chiropractic Treatments Will I Need for Sciatica Relief? 

A chiropractor is treating a man for sciatica.

The number of chiropractic treatments you may need for sciatica relief depends on various factors, such as the severity of your condition, the underlying cause of your sciatica, and your response to treatment. In most cases, a course of several chiropractic treatments is necessary to achieve lasting relief from sciatica pain.

Suppose your sciatica is caused by a herniated disc or another spinal problem. In that case, your chiropractor will likely recommend a course of treatment that includes spinal adjustments and other therapies to reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need to receive chiropractic treatments several times per week for several weeks or months. Most people experience significant sciatica pain relief after just a few chiropractic treatments.

If your sciatica is caused by muscular imbalances or other soft tissue problems, your chiropractor may recommend massage therapy, trigger point injections, or other therapies to relieve tension and pressure on the sciatic nerve. As with chiropractic treatment, the number of massage therapy sessions or other treatments you may need depends on the severity of your condition and your response to treatment.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Sciatic Disorders 

There are many benefits of turning to chiropractic care for treating sciatic disorders. For example:

  • Chiropractic care can provide relief from sciatic pain.
  • Chiropractic care can improve range of motion and flexibility.
  • Chiropractic care can help to prevent future episodes of sciatic pain.
  • Chiropractic care can improve overall health and well-being.
  • Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment option for sciatic disorders.


The safety of chiropractic care for treating sciatica is well-established. Chiropractic care is often recommended as a first-line treatment for this condition. Research has shown that chiropractic care is effective in treating sciatica and safe with few risks or adverse side effects. 

There have been a few rare reports of complications from chiropractic care for sciatica, but these are typically due to pre-existing conditions or improper technique. When performed by a qualified and experienced chiropractor, chiropractic care for sciatica is safe and effective.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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