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Pregnant Woman Staying Fit

Sciatica & Pregnancy-related Back Pain

“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” - J. Standord


The sciatic nerve, the body's most extensive and longest nerve, courses from the lower spine, extending down the posterior of each leg. If you find yourself grappling with lower back pain that radiates towards your gluteal area or either or both legs, it might serve as an indication of a sciatic nerve or disc-related issue.


Numerous factors can lead to the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. Among these, a bulging or herniated disc exerting pressure on the nerve stands out. Another reason for nerve compression arises from joint restriction. Such joint restriction cause the nearby nerves to be compressed, consequently triggering pain sensations that travel to regions linked to those nerves, such as the gluteal muscles or legs. Additionally, a deep muscle situated within the gluteal region, known as the Piriformis, can constrict around the nerve, contributing to the occurrence of Sciatica.


Symptoms of sciatica includes: discomfort, numbness, weakness, and a tingling sensation that extends from the lower back or buttock down the leg and/or into the foot. Specific motions, such as bending forward or raising the leg, can intensify these symptoms. Additionally, coughing and sneezing might trigger a sudden escalation of the pain.


Sciatica can develop following a significant injury or gradually arise due to unhealthy lifestyle practices accumulated over time. Inadequate core strength, excess weight, a sedentary routine, and repetitive motions while maintaining poor posture are all potential triggers for sciatica. Pregnant women are also vulnerable to experiencing sciatica due to the body's swift hormonal shifts and postural adjustments as pregnancy advances, accompanied by the growing size of the baby. These changes lead to the shifting of internal organs and the imposition of new pressure on the structures of the lower body.


At Adept Chiropractic, we aim to restore the alignment of your low back and pelvis, thereby facilitating your body’s innate healing processes. We also provide physiotherapy to reduce soft tissue inflammation to speed up your recovery.

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