The sciatic nerves are the largest
(and longest) nerves of the body, reaching about the size of your thumb in
diameter, and running down the back of each leg. When these nerves are irritated
or affected by the inflammation of nearby soft tissue, doctors refer to this as
One of the most common causes of sciatic leg pain is the Vertebral Subluxation
Complex. It can be accompanied by the bulging or herniation of the soft pulpy
discs which seperate each spinal bone. This can irritate or put pressure
on the sciatic nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord. The result can be
intense pain shooting down either or both legs.
In the past, treatment has involved pain medications, muscle relaxers, physical
therapy, and even surgery. The chiropractic approach is to use carefully
directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference from spinal structures.
These chiropractic adjustments can be quite effective in reducing nerve irritation
and its associated pain.
Sciatic, like other health problems that can be traced to the spine, often respond
dramatically to the restoration or normal spinal function through conservative
Research shows that when treated with chiropractic adjustments, sciatic has an
8-9% greater rate of recovery than if patients were to use therapy or standard