The nerves that control the legs originate in the low back. Injury to the discs of the low back or misalignments in the vertebrae can put pressure on the sciatic nerve that runs down the back of the leg to the foot. This radiating pain is called sciatica. The worse the condition, the further down the leg the pain will radiate. Sometimes irritation to the sciatic nerve will result in numbness and tingling rather than outright pain. The sciatic nerve also controls the muscles of leg. It is common to experience weakness in the leg as part of the condition.

Chiropractic care is ideal for restoring the normal motion and alignment to the pelvis and low back area. This will help relieve the irritation and pain in that area that radiates down the sciatic nerve.

In addition to chiropractic care, taking pressure off the nerve through traction can be extremely effective. At Zollner chiropractic, we use a Cox Flexion/Distraction table to provide very gentle traction to the affected area so as to relieve sciatic pain and help disc bulges/herniations heal.

Through chiropractic combined with a few minutes of gentle traction, patients with years of chronic low back pain and sciatica have experienced tremendous relief.

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