What is Sciatica?

There are multiple names for lower back (lumbar) complaints with/without referral into the leg: Lumbago, Sciatica, a Hernia.


With sciatica we experience an acute shooting pain, popularly we also speak about "going through your back". Sometimes people are skewed for a few days afterwards (an analogical attitude). The shooting pain is caused by an intervertebral vertebra that is tearing due to incorrect loading. Such a tear is called a herniation in the medical world. Sciatica is therefore an incipient hernia. The intervertebral disc, which partially tears, presses against a nerve due to incorrect loading, gives an acute shock to the lower back and can feel nagging for days or weeks.


Sciatica pain is a tightness of the large nerve bundle that runs from the lower back into the leg: the sciatic nerve. The term sciatica comes from here. When this sciatic nerve (sciatic nerve) is pinched, it is usually due to a herniated disc that presses on the nerve low in the back.

Sciatica pain can be aching or stabbing and sometimes extends all the way to the lower leg or even the foot. Usually, however, the pain only remains in the buttock and thigh.

The pain is also illustrative of a Spit attack.

Spit is a 2-3 grade herniation and approximates a full hernia.

In all degrees of an intervertebral herniation, it is possible that the intervertebral vertebra presses against a nerve pathway.

Chiropractic for Sciatica. 

What can a chiropractor offer for you?

Back problems such as sciatica are usually easy to remedy through chiropractic treatments. Corrective actions prevent further damage to the intervertebral discs and nerves and promote recovery.


Chiropractic treatments aim to correct poor posture, increase spinal mobility and restore the function of irritated nerves. This is done by using special techniques (see our techniques page). One of the techniques is chiropractic manipulation. Pressure is put on the joint with the hands and the joint is set in motion.  This restores the mobility of the joint and reduces pain.

What are the causes of

The most common causes.

  • Injuries due to an accident or trauma

  • Sitting in the wrong position for a long time

  • Lifting and bending incorrectly

  • Sleeping on a old/unsupportive mattress

  • Poor posture when sitting, standing or walking


Other causes are:

  • Too little exercise

  • Pregnancy

  • Stress

  • Weakening of the muscles

  • Overweight

  • Congenital defects or hereditary factors

What are symptoms of Sciatica?

The most common symptoms of sciatica.

Sciatica is a common complaint. It is a nerve pain that is mainly felt in the buttock and leg. It almost never happens that the sciatica pain manifests itself in both buttocks and legs. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body that runs through the pelvis, through the buttock and down the back of the leg.


If it is irritated, the pain can be felt in a large part of the  lower body. Patients initially describe the pain as a sharp, aching pain that gradually becomes numb. If it lasts longer, the pain is often experienced as burning. In addition to the chiropractic treatment of the sciatic nerve, the chiropractor will advise special exercises. For the promotion of the healing process, it is desirable that these sciatica exercises are performed regularly. This is individual to the patient depending on the cause of the irritation and part of the nerve that is entrapped.