Sciatica Specialist

Unbroken Body Chiropractic

Advanced Chiropractic & Certified Massage Therapists located in Pleasant Hill, CA

Up to 40% of Americans experience sciatica at some point during their lives. If you’re concerned about sciatica, make an appointment at Unbroken Body Chiropractic in Pleasant Hill, California. Jonathan Adams, DC, provides customized care to relieve your pain and address the underlying problem. You don’t have to live with pain. Call the practice today or make an appointment online.

Sciatica Q&A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a collection of painful symptoms that develop when something compresses your sciatic nerve. Sciatica symptoms include:

  • Low back pain
  • Pain in your buttocks, hips, or legs
  • Numbness or tingling in your legs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Balance loss

Sciatica is often due to a herniated disc or other issues that cause spinal stenosis in your lumbar spine. You might also have a spinal misalignment or a bone spur. Conditions like diabetes can also cause nerve damage and trigger sciatica symptoms. 

Your risk of sciatica increases with age, as your spinal discs become dry, less flexible, and vulnerable to injury. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle also contribute to your chances of developing sciatica. 

How do I know if I have sciatica?

The hallmark symptoms of sciatica are radiating pain and numbness in your buttocks, hips, and thighs. Still, the only way to know if you have sciatica is to make an appointment with an expert like Dr. Adams at Unbroken Body Chiropractic. 

Dr. Adams provides thorough exams, working from the superficial to the deep to discover the root cause of your condition. A correct diagnosis is critical to creating an effective, personalized treatment plan. 

How do you treat sciatica?

Dr. Adams provides multidisciplinary treatment programs to relieve your pain and address the underlying condition causing your pain. He believes that all sciatic pain can resolve, 90% of which improves with conservative chiropractic care. 

Dr. Adams carefully selects a variety of adjustments, manipulations, stretches, and lifestyle modifications to address your specific needs. He uses a variety of chiropractic and rehabilitative techniques, including:

Active Release Techniques® (ART)

ART combines manipulation and movement to release tension, break up scar tissue, and increase circulation to relieve the underlying problem causing your headaches. 

Rapid Release™ Therapy

Rapid Release Therapy uses vibrations to relieve muscle tension, break up scar tissue, and improve circulation. 

Activator Method®

The Activator Method is an instrument-assisted chiropractic technique to adjust your spine and correct alignment issues. Dr. Adams uses an Activator Method device to realign your spine and relieve headaches. 

Thumper®

Thumper is a device that applies percussion massage therapy to release muscle tension. This treatment can be used to complement other massage or chiropractic techniques.

Drop Table Technique

The drop table technique utilizes a specific chiropractic table with segments that can lift and drop down. The dropping mechanism allows the force of gravity to deliver gentle and low-velocity chiropractic adjustments.

Massage Therapy

Massage encompasses a variety of techniques by which your provider kneads or manipulates your muscles to stimulate blood flow and reduce tension.

Ideally, he wants to treat your condition and relieve your sciatica symptoms within three to six visits. Dr. Adams also teaches you exercises and stretches to practice at home to keep your recovery on track. He helps you learn enough to perform self-care at home and maintain a pain-free, healthy life. 

Dr. Adams can also help you resolve underlying lifestyle issues that contribute to your sciatica. He might recommend weight loss or adding 30 minutes of moderate physical activity to your daily routine. 

Call Unbroken Body Chiropractic, or make an appointment online today, for customized care to relieve sciatica and improve your overall health.