Chiropractic Advice – Episode #2 – Sciatica & the Piriformis Muscle

Chiropractor Shares His Experience w/ Treating Sciatica & the Piriformis Muscle

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As the longest and thickest nerve in the body, you could say that the sciatic nerve has more of a chance of experiencing injury because of its sheer size and distance it covers. It runs from the lower back through the pelvis and buttocks then down the leg and ends below the kneecap.

The sciatic nerve controls several muscles in the lower legs and acts as a connector between the spinal cord and the muscles on the outside and back of the thighs, in the lower legs and feet.

When dysfunction occurs in the sciatic nerve, it can lead to numbness and / or weakness and tingling in the feet, toes, ankles, and legs.

Dr. Battershill has treated many patients with sciatica over the years, experience with which he touches on below. Here’s episode #2 of our chiropractic advice series on topics of health, nutrition and all else that’s related!

Episode #2 – Sciatica and the Piriformis

John Battershill Revelation Health Centre Chiropractic & Wellness ClinicThe sciatic nerve is a conglomeration of nerve roots that exit from L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, S1 and S2 vertebrae.  These nerves come together below the lumbar spine, running through the pelvis, buttocks, gluteus maximus and down the hamstring into the lower leg and feet.

Sciatica most frequently comes from a combination of problems in the lower back. One of the most common causes is when the pelvis internally rotates due to a weakness in the gluteus maximus which stretches the piriformis muscle.

In 88 percent of people, the sciatic nerve runs right beside the piriformis muscle. In 12 percent of people, the sciatic nerve runs right through the piriformis muscle, so if the piriformis muscle stretches trying to hold the pelvis back from a gluteus maximus weakness, then it irritates the sciatic nerve.

In combination with this, nerve roots from L4, L5 and S1 vertebrae that are directly related to disc degeneration in the lumbar spine can also become compressed, hyper-sensitizing the sciatic nerve.

Decompression of the lumbar spine, balancing out the flexors / extensors of the pelvis and the lumbar spine and supplying healthy nutrients to the body to make sure the cartilage is hard and strong are all important variables in treating sciatica.


– Dr. John Battershill, D.C.

Chiropractic Treatments at RHCDr. Keith Belliveau, Calgary Chiropractor Revelation Health Centre

Dr. John (above) and Dr. Keith (right), the chiropractors at Revelation Health Centre, are adept at treating sciatica symptoms and other conditions that affect the health of your nervous system.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of pain, numbness and or tingling because of problems with your sciatic nerve, rest assured that our chiropractors can help treat the symptoms with results in a safe and effective manner.

As specialists of the nervous system, you’re in good hands when seeing a chiropractor for your sciatica in Calgary! Learn more about our Chiropractors Experience, Achievements and Passion for Helping People today.

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