Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed or compressed enough to cause neurological symptoms. This may result in an intense pain that typically follows the path of your nerve down the back of your thighs and legs, ankle, foot, and even your toes. For some, radiating pain moves up to their back. The characteristics of the pain may be sharp, burning, tingling, or prickling. Some sufferers have described feelings of pins-and-needles and tenderness. Pain may be present for hours or days and can affect your sleep and can make walking, standing, and sitting difficult.
Recently, it has been identified that sciatica sufferers have a high mesencephalic output and decreased output of the cerebellum. This is where the alternative treatment program using chiropractic manipulation and Brain Based Therapy (BBT) come into play.