Dr. Marco Caravaggio is a Board Certified chiropractor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sciatica. The doctor and his staff of Network Family Care Center serve patients in the Markham/Toronto, Ontario area.
The sciatic nerve travels from the base of the spine, down through the leg and into the foot. When the nerve becomes pinched or damaged, the symptoms can present themselves near the damaged area or along the entire length of the nerve. At first, the symptoms may be rather mild. Numbness and tingling are extremely common. Over time, the numbness and tingling will intensify and the pain may begin to radiate outward. The longer the condition is allowed to persist the more severe the symptoms will become. Eventually, the numbness and tingling will give way to pins and needles, and finally extreme pain.
Sciatica can be effectively treated with chiropractic adjustments and deep tissue massage. A chiropractic adjustment helps to shift the bones and muscles back into alignment, relieving the pressure on the nerve and blood vessels. Once the musculoskeletal system has been readjusted, the massage therapist comes in and reinforces the treatment by manually manipulating the soft tissue. This increases circulation, reduces inflammation, and helps to strengthen the tissues. With repeated adjustments and massage therapy sessions, the bones and soft tissues will begin to re-establish themselves where they belong.
A spinal adjustment helps to relieve the pressure that is placed on the nerve by the muscle or bone that is no longer in its proper place. When muscles and bones move out of alignment, the result is inflammation and tenderness. The longer they remain out of place, the more inflammation will be present. A spinal adjustment helps to reduce the inflammation and restore proper blood flow to the area. The freshly oxygenated blood is needed to help speed up the healing process. Several spinal adjustments may be needed to correct the problem. The longer the bones were out of place, the more adjustments will be needed.