Any pain or inflammation associated with the sciatic nerve is often referred to as sciatica. It can be caused by trauma to the area that results in bruising or inflammation of the tissues surrounding the nerve. When the bones and soft tissues are injured and inflammation results, the pressure can cause the tissues to shift, pinching the nerve and cutting off circulation to the area. Another common cause of sciatica is stretching the nerve beyond its normal limits. When a person exercises or participates in an athletic activity, the nerve and tissues surrounding the sciatic nerve may force it to move beyond its natural capacity causing it to become strained.
If the nerve or the tissues surrounding the sciatic nerve have been damaged or are inflamed due to stress or strain, a chiropractic adjustment can be effective at reducing the inflammation and restoring blood flow to the area. It also shifts the musculoskeletal structure back to its natural position. The renewed circulation gives the injured tissues what they need to begin the healing process. With natural structure restored to the area, massage therapy can improve flexibility and recondition the muscle fibers, increasing strength and improving range of motion. As the person becomes more active, the sciatic nerve regains its natural elasticity and can move without being pinched or obstructed in any way.
Surgery to repair the sciatic nerve isn’t always necessary. In fact, with a combination of chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy, surgery can be avoided in many cases. The body has an amazing way of healing itself with the right treatments. Once Dr. Coogan determines the cause of the pain and discomfort, restoring blood flow and improving the tone of the muscles that support the area are key factors in the healing process. Treating the condition in its earliest stages prevents the formation of scar tissue and allows the body to heal on its own, without the need for surgical intervention. Each patient responds differently to chiropractic adjustments, but over time, the area regains its strength and stability.
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