Sciatica or Sciatic Nerve Pain

Chiropractor for Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that begins in the lower back, runs through the buttocks and down the leg. Sciatica is the result of irritation or compression of this nerve in the low back. It often starts with pain in the low back that can then travel down one or both legs. Irritation and/or compression of the nerves in the low back may result from several causes.  An example of this includes disc herniation compressing the nerves. Or it may be due to inflammation or degeneration of the joint that the nerve passes next to.  Or it may be from tension in the muscles that the nerves pass through, over or under.

Chiropractic care has been found to be a safe and effective form of management for sciatica. Chiropractic adjustments work to restore normal healthy motion of the joints in the spine.  This helps to reduce nerve compression, irritation and the associated pain of sciatica.

Pain medications for sciatica would be similar to those listed on our page for Low Back Pain: NSAIDs, Opioids, Acetaminophen, all of which come with varying degrees of side effects.

Book an appointment with our chiropractor for the relief of sciatic pain here or call the office for more information at 416-481-0222.

Natural Treatments for Sciatica


Acupuncture helps relieve sciatica pain. It is recommended in conjunction with chiropractic as a safe, natural pain reliever while chiropractic is restoring normal healthy motion of the spine.  A series of acupuncture treatments is usually recommended for longer-lasting relief and Chinese herbs may be used to strengthen the back.

Registered Massage Therapy

RMT’s are trained to help relax the muscles that may be causing nerve compression or misalignment of the spine.  It is also recommended to do massage therapy for sciatica along with treatment by your chiropractor.

Herbal Medicine

Naturopathic doctors prescribe natural anti-inflammatories like curcumin and Boswellia that help relieve pain and inflammation without damaging your stomach lining. They will use minerals like magnesium orally and topically to relax your muscles and perform acupuncture to relieve sciatic pain.

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