The symptoms can manifest anywhere along the course of the sciatic nerve: leg pain, hip pain, even back pain, may be due to this same problem. The problem is most often due to the nerve becoming pinched for some reason. Because the symptoms are often remote from the actual site of compression, massaging the painful area will not help.
Any plan to correct the problem needs to be personalized to your particular situation. It also needs to be modified, depending on your response and progress. There is no one plan which will work satisfactorily for all patients, although many cases share similar features: the differences are also important.
Your chiropractor will first take the necessary steps to isolate the actual cause of your problem. While this may often be at the point where the nerve exits your spine, it could be due to the vertebrae, muscles, or a disc. In fact, there may be several factors which produce the symptoms in combination, so that the pain may vary in intensity.
It can happen that surgery may be your only hope, but most often your chiropractor will be able to alleviate the situation. Spinal adjustments or a massage are often effective, depending on what is wrong. You will need to have repeated therapy sessions to keep the problem in abeyance.
If you live in Edmonton, your local chiropractor will be pleased to assess the cause of your pain. If it is identified as being due to sciatica, steps will be taken to narrow it down to the exact problem area. Many patients can attest to the power of the appropriate chiropractic techniques to relieve the worst symptoms rapidly.