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sitting on couch with foot discomfortSciatica refers to pain that starts in the buttock region and extends down one or both legs. It usually gets worse with periods of sitting or standing. This type of discomfort often affects pregnant women, those with lumbar disc herniations, and spinal stenosis.

Typical Symptoms

  • Hip pain
  • A tingling, electric or burning feeling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or a difficult time moving the leg or foot
  • Continual discomfort that affects one side of the buttocks
  • A shooting pain that makes it uncomfortable to stand up

Our Natural Approach

Chiropractic treatments can help to relieve sciatic discomfort. Improving joint motion in the lower back with our natural care starts with a consultation and thorough examination. We’ll let you know if we think you can benefit from our care. If we think another healthcare practitioner can better address your nerve pain, we’ll let you know that too.

At Ottawa Health: Performance and Rehabilitation, we offer a comprehensive approach to care that may include physiotherapy in addition to chiropractic care. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists address sciatica in a similar fashion, and our practitioners collaborate and share their knowledge and experiences to develop a care plan for your specific needs and goals. This collaboration helps our patients achieve the best results possible. You may begin care with one of our chiropractors, and they may recommend physiotherapy as well to help facilitate your rehabilitation.

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Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

Our chiropractors will often help patients with sciatica through techniques that target potential entrapments of the sciatic nerve in different locations. These techniques may include:

  • Spinal manipulation is used to help relieve the nerves in the spine which form the sciatic nerve.
  • Electroacupuncture is effective for directly stimulating the sciatic nerve in order to promote recovery. It also helps release surrounding muscles that may be putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Exercise and soft tissue therapy help to improve the movement of the sciatic nerve and minimize unwanted pressure or nerve tension that cause pain.

Physiotherapy for Sciatica

Our physiotherapists also manage sciatica in a similar fashion. We use targeted exercising to improve the nerve function and to strengthen other areas of the body which may be causing other regions to compensate and irritate the sciatic nerve.

Timeline for Relief

Of course, each patient is unique, and your care plan is designed for your specific needs. Our goal is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible. Patients often experience immediate improvement, with continuing improvement occurring over the course of care.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get sciatica?

Sciatica is often the result of cumulative compression of the sciatic nerve or acute trauma to the nerve. Another common condition that causes sciatica is when the discs of the lumbar spine become damaged and pinch on a nerve. An episode can be triggered by something as simple as bending over to tie your shoes or sitting on a hard surface or wallet for too long. Spinal deterioration is another culprit.

Can chiropractic cure sciatica?

This type of natural care doesn’t cure anything! Only your body can do that. The purpose of chiropractic is to help your spine work as it should, reducing nerve irritation and restoring your body’s healing ability.

Get Started Today

Contact us today to book your appointment. We’ll do everything we can to help you get back to feeling your best, naturally!


Sciatica in Alta Vista, Ottawa ON | (613) 728-9414