Sciatica

Sciatica Specialist
Are you experiencing excruciating, shooting leg pain that makes it nearly impossible to sit or stand? You may have sciatica, which is symptom caused by pinched nerves in your lower back. The chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists at Axness Integrative Medicine in Baxter, Minnesota offer treatment to relieve your discomfort. Call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking agent to start treatment right away.

Sciatica Q & A

Axness Integrative Medicine

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom that may indicate you have a pinched nerve in your lower back that sends a pain signal down to your leg. In addition the leg pain, sciatica may also cause leg weakness, numbness, or a tingling sensation that travels down your leg to your toes.

There are a number of conditions that may cause sciatica, including:

  • Spinal stenosis: narrowed spinal canal that puts pressure on the nerves
  • Piriformis syndrome: when the piriformis, a muscle deep in the buttocks, tightens and spasms around the nerve
  • Herniated disc: puts pressure on the nerve root
  • Spondylolisthesis: slippage of the vertebrae, causing a misalignment

A herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatica.

How can chiropractic treatment help sciatica?

Chiropractic treatment serves as a safe and conservative treatment for sciatica pain, especially at the onset of symptoms. Readjustment of your spine by Dr. Arik Axness or Curran Doughtery, DC may help relieve pressure on your nerve and reduce the leg pain and relieve any other symptoms you’re experiencing.

You may experience complete relief of your symptoms after six to 12 chiropractic treatments.

Can acupuncture reduce my sciatica symptoms?

As a safe and conservative treatment for pain, acupuncture can reduce your sciatica symptoms. Jenna Niggeler, LAc inserts tiny, sterile needles into acupoints on your body to stimulate the production of endorphins, which act as natural pain relievers, and inhibit the transmission of the pain signal to your brain.

Patients who come in for acupuncture treatment for their sciatica report a significant reduction in pain and other symptoms associated with sciatica.

Does massage therapy relieve sciatica pain?

If your sciatica is due to piriformis syndrome, massage therapy serves as an excellent treatment to help reduce your symptoms and relieve pain. During treatment, your Axness Integrative Medicine massage therapist assesses your entire back and buttocks for areas of concern, but focuses on working on the tightness in the piriformis muscle with extra pressure and gentle vibration.

You may feel some improvement after your initial treatment. But for best results, the Axness Integrative Medicine team recommends several massage therapy sessions to ensure release of the sciatic nerve from the muscle.

The Axness Integrative Medicine team offers numerous treatments that help relieve pain, including sciatica. Call today or book an appointment online to start treatment and relieve your symptoms.

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