The sciatic nerve is the major nerve that supplies the back of the legs. When we experience leg pain it is often described as sciatica – this is pressure on the sciatic nerve referring pain down the leg. The pain may be felt as a tingling, aching, sharp or numb sensation in the buttock, hamstring, calf and/or foot. There can be both simple and serious reasons behind sciatica and if it is recommended to seek professional help.
What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?
Your chiropractor may assist in many ways:
Perform gentle, spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal movement, relax muscles and alleviate the stress on your system.
Provide nutritional advice or recommend a change in diet and the use of supplements.
Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back that cause headaches.
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