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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas A. Harmody

What is sciatica?

Vero Beach Chiropractor- You have heard people talk about how their sciatica is flared up. What really is sciatica? There is a very large nerve that travels down each leg that starts in your lower back called the sciatic nerve. This nerve is responsible for the control of almost every action your lower leg does. Your brain starts the nerve transmission of an action like walking. It travels down your spinal nerve in your back and exits from your lower back to the sciatic nerve. It travels down the sciatic nerve down to the lower leg to actuate those muscles. If the sciatic nerve becomes irritated or pinched, it can become very painful. This irritation usually starts in you lower back, and sometimes it can come from your piriformis muscle. A chiropractor is trained to find where this irritation is coming from and often an adjustment in the correct area can relieve this irritation. Sometimes stretching the piriformis muscle can also help relieve the irritation, or maybe it’s a combination of both. Figuring out where the irritation comes from and relieving that irritation is critical in the treatment of the problem. Dr. Thomas Harmody is a chiropractor at Vero Walk-In Chiropractic in Vero Beach, Fl. 772-360-1245

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