There are several chiropractic techniques I use to treat sciatica, based on patient needs.
Sacro-Occipital Technic® (SOT®) is unique in the usage of wedge-shaped blocks under the pelvis. People with sciatica are in acute pain, and the blocks help guide the body back into balance and stop the pain. Blocks are especially effective at getting rid of the "antalgic lean" or lean to one side that people with sciatica develop.
SOT® also deals with the soft tissue components of sciatica, including the piriformis muscle. As described in my other blog entry on sciatica, the muscle can either be too tight or too loose. Either way it can affect the sciatic nerve leading to pain. Even if the vertebra or disc is causing the sciatica, people with sciatica will usually have some involvement of the piriformis muscle that needs to be addressed to resolve the problem.
The psoas muscle is also involved in sciatica. The psoas muscle attaches to the intervertebral discs themselves. Getting the psoas muscle to relax is an important part of sciatica treatment.
The other way I treat sciatica is with Cox Technic®. This is another low force method I use in my office. It helps open up the disc space and increase mobility in the lumbar spine. Research shows that Cox Technic® reduces pressure in the disc, reduces pressure on spinal nerves, and widens the spinal canal foraminal area.
Cox Technic® even works on cases of failed low back surgery! Yes, even if you have had surgery and are still suffering, research shows that Cox Technic® may be able to help. And it helps with problems in the cervical spine (neck).
Both SOT® and Cox Technic® are gentle forms of working on the spine. This is in contrast to traditional "popping and cracking" done by more traditional forms of chiropractic.
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