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Sciatica is actually a symptom of an underlying condition. It’s a pinched nerve that generally results in a bad leg cramp or a sharp shooting pain. This condition can occur suddenly or slowly develop over time. Sciatica also has accompanying characteristics, such as a numbing or burning sensation down the legs. There are a number of conditions that can cause sciatica. With spinal stenosis, there is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which puts increased pressure on the nerves. A slipped disc also puts pressure on the nerve root. Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle spasms and irritates the sciatic nerve. With spondylolisthesis, a vertebrae slips out of line and compresses the nerve. Sciatica can be diagnosed through a physical exam and other diagnostic testing, such as an X-ray, MRI, electromyography and myelogram.
The team of chiropractors at Bankers Hall Chiropractic in Downtown Calgary has a holistic and multi-faceted approach to healing. Each chiropractor creates a multi-faceted treatment plan using different therapeutic treatment modalities to treat sciatica. Each treatment modality works synergistically to maximize patient results. Treatment modalities include the Diversified adjustment, active release massage therapy and shockwave therapy.
The Diversified chiropractic adjustment is a traditional one that properly aligns the spine, restores movement and reduces sciatica pain. It’s a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that reduces nerve pressure caused by subluxation and nerve malfunction. Plus, it readjusts the joints.
Active release massage therapy is a manual movement therapy where the hands evaluate muscle tightness, nerves and connective tissue. Specific movements are used to lengthen the tissue, improve range of motion and reduce sciatica pain.
Shockwave therapy is proven to increase blood flow and oxygen to enhance the body’s natural healing process, decrease recovery time, increase range of motion and reduce pain. With this treatment, a shockwave wand is placed over the affected area and transmits acoustic waves that penetrate the skin and reach the injured area.
If you’re in pain and think it may be sciatica, call us at Bankers Hall Chiropractic in Downtown Calgary to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at (403) 243-0111. You’ll have a one-one-one consultation with one of chiropractors in Downtown Calgary along with an exam. If it’s sciatica, we’ll custom tailor a treatment plan targeted to your diagnosis. We’ve helped many people and can help you too.