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Sciatic nerve pain: explanation, causes and treatments 🤕

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Sciatic nerve pain can be extremely uncomfortable and make it difficult to perform your daily activities.

If you suffer from sciatica, you are most likely wondering how to relieve the pain! 🥵

There are many ways to relieve sciatic nerve pain, and the best treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms and the exact origin of the problem.

In this blog post, we will discuss how a pinched or irritated sciatic nerve can be healed through chiropractic treatments.

This pain can unfortunately make it difficult to perform your daily tasks.

For your information, the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It runs from the lower back to the toes. When this nerve is compressed or irritated, it can cause pain in the lower back, hips, legs and feet down to the toes.


What is sciatic nerve and sciatic neuralgia?

First, you should know that the sciatic nerve is the largest and longest peripheral nerve in the human body.

So it is very important; it is not a "piece too much"! 😂

Il s’étend du bas de votre colonne vertébrale, jusqu’au bas de la jambe et pied. Il y en a 2, soit à gauche et à droite : le côté gauche pour la jambe gauche et le côté droit pour la jambe droite.

This nerve has both sensory and motor components. It is involved in every movement your lower limbs make!

For example, it is involved when you perform a thigh and foot extension or a leg flexion.

The long trajectory of the sciatic nerve is the cause of blockages. And, the consequence of these irritations is often responsible for pain, sometimes inflammatory. These pains can radiate all along the nerve.

Un nerf sciatique coincé débute fréquemment dans le bas du dos, pour ensuite se répandre dans le fessier, au mollet, à la cuisse ou au pied. Elle concerne donc tout le bas du corps.


Comment soulager la douleur du nerf sciatique


Qu’est-ce qui provoque une névralgie sciatique ?

Sciatica is a type of neuralgia affecting the sciatic nerve. It causes a painful thrust along the nerve.

Dans le langage familier, on parlera du nerf sciatique comme étant coincé ou bloqué. Mais, on peut aussi nommer cette douleur de « sciatalgie » ou de « névralgie sciatique ».

A sciatica neuralgia does not start by chance.

La douleur au nerf sciatique est généralement causée par une autre pathologie.

Dans la majorité des cas, celle-ci peut être due à l‘hernie discalethe piriformis syndromea malfunctioning of the spinal movement or lumbar osteoarthritis.

Plusieurs autres facteurs, comme un stress physique, une mauvaise posture, un faux mouvement, la grossesse ainsi que l’obésité, peuvent aussi provoquer une sciatalgie.



Quels symptômes pouvons-nous ressentir : comment savoir si on a mal au nerf sciatique ?

The first symptom of sciatica is pain.

Cette douleur peut débuter dans le bas du dos, se poursuit jusqu’au muscle fessier puis peut terminer vers la jambe ainsi que jusque dans le pied.

Be aware that these painful symptoms follow the path of the sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the human body.

Pain from sciatica is usually accompanied by neurological symptoms such as numbness in the leg, tingling and electric shock-like sensations in the leg.

The pain tends to intensify when sitting, standing or during a particular effort.

Il est à savoir que la sciatique ne provoque des symptômes qu’au niveau du dos et des jambes et non à d’autres membres.

En revanche, si un autre nerf est irrité, par exemple dans le cou, cela peut provoquer des symptômes douloureux dans le cou et dans les bras, mais il ne s’agit pas d’une sciatique : c’est une névralgie cervicale-brachiale.

It is the equivalent of sciatica, but it occurs in the upper limbs. Therefore, stomach pain, for example, is not a symptom of sciatica.

Having an irritated sciatic nerve implies pain during physical efforts or when you are in a sitting or lying position.

In short, as soon as you move from a static to a dynamic position, you risk increasing your pain.


Comment soigner un nerf sciatique coincé avec un chiropraticien ?

Tout d’abord, en consultant un chiropraticien, vous pouvez compter sur le bon diagnostic quant à l’origine de votre sciatic nerve pain !

Pour poser un diagnostic précis, le professionnel en chiropratique travaille autant sur l’aspect musculaire, nerveux et articulaire.

He first performs a complete examination of your condition through targeted questions, physical, orthopedic and neurological examinations and even with thermography and digital radiology.

Then, he will suggest exercises to help relieve your physical limitations. These techniques can often be practiced at home, with minimal equipment.

But, since sciatica can take many forms and cause different pain from one person to another, the chiropractor must sometimes opt for more specific services.

If you've suffered a back, neck or hip injury, you know that you can go from feeling good to feeling tight and sore pretty quickly.

Nous vous conseillons grandement nos services de chiropratique afin de soigner toute douleur au dos !😇


Neurovertebral decompression

The neurovertebral decompression is a gentle and deep traction of the spine is mechanized and controlled by the decompression table.

It is a non-invasive technique to help you regain your range of motion and most importantly, reduce pain.

This creates an increase in space between the vertebrae, a decrease in pressure on the intervertebral discs and nerve roots, a rehydration of the intervertebral disc and an increase in joint mobility between the vertebrae.

This resorption movement in the discs is produced on a small scale with each treatment, but cumulatively, it produces long-term positive effects in the spine.


Comment soulager la douleur du nerf sciatique


Que pouvez-vous faire à la maison pour aider à soulager votre mal de dos ?

Talk to your chiropractor to make sure you are taking all the steps you can at home to improve your condition. Here are some examples that may help:


  • Apply hot or cold compresses
  • Avoid sitting or standing for too long
  • Adopter une good posture
  • Increase core strength through exercise
  • Gently stretch the lower back and hamstrings
  • Walk regularly
  • Swimming or aquafitness
  • Use proper technique to lift heavy objects


Quels exercices et étirements faire à la maison pour décoincer le nerf sciatique ?

Lying down is the best position to relieve sciatica, but you should not stay in bed for too long, as this can make the problem worse.

Professional chiropractors can give you exercises and stretches to do to relieve the pain quickly.

To relieve sciatica, you can perform certain exercises. However, stop the exercise if it causes you pain.

Voici quelques exercices pour décoincer le nerf sciatique :


  • Pyramidal stretching Lying on your back, grab your right thigh with both hands behind your knee and pull your right leg towards your opposite shoulder and hold for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Spinal mobilization Lying on your back with your arms stretched out horizontally, bend your legs while keeping your feet on the ground and then gently move them to one side and then to the other for 1 minute. Your buttocks and lower back can be lifted off the ground.
  • Cat posture On all fours, try to round your back as much as possible and hold the position for 20 seconds. Then, do the opposite by arching your back and hold the position for 20 seconds.


Consider a Chiro for long-term back problems.

For back problems, chiropractors use a variety of non-surgical treatments, such as spinal manipulation or manual therapies.

Chiropractors will assess your condition and offer advice on how to manage the problem.

Our chiropractic center will welcome you in a warm and professional environment!


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