Understanding Your Sciatica Treatment in Homer

Written By Homer Family Chiropractor on May 28, 2018

Despite most people finding natural improvement in their sciatica symptoms within a few weeks, it is possible to experience these uncomfortable pains for months, even years. 

The pain caused by sciatica can be uncomfortable and incapacitating, putting a halt to your day-to-day activities. 

However, there are natural treatments available, including chiropractic care. 

Understanding Sciatica

As the longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve runs to the tips of your toes from the back of your pelvis. That’s why it tends to be painful in your feet, toes, buttocks, and down the backs of your legs. 

The pains you experience may include tingling (a little like pins and needles), and stabbing, shooting, or burning pains. These pains may be exacerbated when you sneeze, cough, or move. Numbness is also common in these areas.

Sciatica tends to arise when there’s irritation in your lower lumbar and the lumbosacral spine. Other causes include degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, muscle spasms, spondylolisthesis, and lumbar spinal stenosis. 

The pain may also be intensified if you sleep on a soft mattress, live a sedentary lifestyle, are overweight, or wear high heels. 

What Does Sciatica Treatment in Homer Involve? 

There are a number of ways sciatica can be treated in your chiropractor’s office, including: 

Spinal Decompression

Using a specialist table, spinal decompression works to alleviate any pressure on your spine and its nerves. It does this through a relaxation and traction technique, whereby the bottom half of the table moves to create negative pressure within each spinal disc. This retraction movement helps reduce any pressure by drawing disc material back into its correct space. 

Flexion-Distraction

This also provides pain relief, restoring the motion of the spine using the same kind of relaxation and traction technique mentioned above. However, with this technique, the table flexes in the middle rather than moving apart. 

Laser Therapy

Harnessing the natural healing powers that are already contained within your body, laser therapy boosts cellular activity to reduce inflammation and help your nerve roots recover. And even though each session only lasts around 10 minutes, the benefits continue to work for as long as 24 hours after. 

One or several of these may be used alongside traditional chiropractic techniques which involve using gentle force to correct any vertebral subluxations (abnormalities, fixations, or misalignments in the spine). 

Massage, physical therapy, and nutritional counseling may also be offered as part of your sciatica treatment in Homer, as they complement the above therapies, too. 

It’s time to lead a life that’s free of the pain of sciatica by booking your appointment with us today. Call 706-677-1010. 


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