Can a chiropractor help sciatica?

How can a chiropractor help sciatica? Will a visit to a chiropractor help sciatica? If you suffer from low back pain and sciatica then a visit to Revive Chiropractic could reduce your pain and discomfort. A chiropractor can help sciatica by reducing the inflammation of structures in the low back. A chiropractor will do this by gently moving the joints of the lower spine to restore easy and pain free movement. Your chiropractic treatment may include massage to the low back muscles that will reduce inflammation. If appropriate you may also be given exercises to strengthen the back muscles and improve your mobility.

Can a chiropractor help sciatica by releasing a trapped nerve?

Remember that nerve are not static structures. They slide and glide within a sheath and studies tell us that about 2cm of stretch can be applied to the sciatic nerve in most people. The aim is to effectively “wiggle” the nerve free.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is pain in the leg caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from your low back, through your pelvis, down the back of the leg and ends in the feet.

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Many people mistakenly think they have sciatica if they have any sort of back pain with pain into the leg. However true sciatica will normally cause pain all the way past the knee and into the lower leg. It may even go as far as the feet. So if your pain only goes as far as the buttocks, thigh or groin it might not be sciatica. It is more likely that the cause is an irritated disc or facet joint.

What causes sciatica?

Since sciatica is commonly caused by two main problems, we shall look in turn at each cause. Firstly,  (1) Chemical irritation of the sciatic nerve and secondly, (2) mechanical compression of the sciatic nerve.

Sciatic nerve chemical irritation

Injury to any of the structures in the low back (disc, joint or muscles and connective tissues) can cause inflammation and the release of chemical signals as part of the inflammation process. These chemicals can cause the nerve irritation.

Sciatic nerve compression

This is when you get physical compression of the sciatic nerve and what is commonly referred to as a “trapped nerve”. In younger people it is generally a bulging disc that causes the compression (more on that in the next blog post). Above 60 years old and you can still get a bulging disc but it becomes more likely that the compression is due to bony changes in the joint from wear and tear. Or getting a bit technical a combination of disc degeneration and extra bony growth called disc-osteophyte complexes.

Want to know more about how a chiropractor can help sciatica?

Finally, please call the clinic on 0113 347 2801 to speak to our chiropractor Alison or to book an appointment. Alison can explain further about the gentle techniques she uses to help treat sciatica.


Should I see a chiropractor?

Should I see a chiropractor?

Do you have back pain or neck pain? You may be thinking should I see a chiropractor? The answer is definitely yes! Our chiropractor at Revive Chiropractic in Leeds is Alison Eaves. Alison has some advice and reassurance if you are thinking about your first visit to a chiropractor.

First of all, as a chiropractor I spend the majority of my day helping patients with back and neck pain. It is what I do. If you have just woken up with excruciating back or neck pain for the first time it can be quite frightening. Or maybe you have been living with aches and pains in your neck or low back for months or even years. Either way it could be the time for you to come and talk with me here at Revive Chiropractic.

Why should I see a chiropractor?

You many have back pain or neck pain. This is what we see the most of day in day out in the clinic and I am great at sorting out these problems. But I also see a lot of shoulder pain, elbow pain and hip and knee pain. So I am pretty good at sorting that out for you too.

How many treatments will I need?

Good questions and one with lots of different answers! But as a rough guide, pain of less than six weeks duration should respond favourably within six to eight visits. If you are very fortunate you might find you are better in half of this time or occasionally it can take around twelve visits. If the pain has been there for longer than six weeks then it is more likely you are looking at six to 12 visits, but it could be quicker.

The Revive Chiropractic ethos

I want patients to be as mobile and pain free as possible. Any chiropractic treatment suggested for you will aim to restore and improve joint mobility and release any tight muscles. So you have better movement and less pain. Simple isn’t it? (Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that. But I’m always happy to discuss the ideas behind your treatment plan if you want to know things in more detail). At Revive Chiropractic we will try to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We believe in listening to our patients.

 If you would like to book an appointment at Revive Chiropractic you can book online at or call 0113 347 2801


Chiropractic fitness for 2016

Chiropractic fitness is concept raised by Alison Eaves, a chiropractor in Leeds. Alison is on hand to offer advice to anyone wanting to improve their health and fitness in 2016. For many people, the New Year brings promises of becoming healthier and exercising more. So what is chiropractic fitness and how can visiting a chiropractor help before you dig out the running shoes or rediscover the long lost gym membership card?

A chiropractor will be able to help with any pre-existing injuries or stiffness and be able to look at your movement and suggest ways of improving it. This is because ultimately it is free and easy movement of the joints, muscles and ligaments that leads to full and pain free movement. So this is chiropractic fitness.

If you begin a new exercise regime and you are carrying an injury then you will likely make that injury worse. Sometimes even if it is just tight neck and shoulders that you notice from time to time when sat in the office then this can be exacerbated by the new exercise regime. This is because our bodies are particularly susceptible to changes in habits. So going from being sedentary to the gym even a few times a week can send shock waves through the body.

Visiting a chiropractor will include a full assessment of the body and highlight any stiffness, muscles tightness or muscle weakness. The chiropractor can make numerous suggestions as to what exercises may be beneficial and also the type of exercise you should be undertaking and how often and at what intensity etc. This advice is given alongside any hands on manual therapy or chiropractic manipulation as in my opinion both aspects are important in maintaining a healthy and well-functioning body.

Even if you have no pain you may still benefit from visiting a chiropractor as they will likely find areas that can be improved and decrease the likelihood of pain developing in the future. Chiropractic fitness really is for everyone.

Alison can be contacted at the North Leeds Clinic on 0113 3472801 or the East Leeds Clinic on 0113 347 0024. Appointments with the chiropractor are available Monday to Friday 8am-7pm and on Saturdays by appointment.

Chiropractic Offer: Consultation Only £27.50 in December

Here at Revive Chiropractic we don’t want back pain or neck pain to ruin your Christmas so we have half price initial consultations on offer in December. Instead of the usual £55 fee, for December only you can get a consultation (including treatment) for only £27.50. Think of it as an early Christmas present from us to you. All you need to do is quote ‘DEC 14’ at the time of booking.

An initial consultation includes taking a thorough case history and examination to determine what is causing your pain. We then explain the findings and hopefully what chiropractic treatment can do to help improve your symptoms and time permitting some treatment for you as well.

We have early morning appointments from 8am and work late until 7pm several nights a week so we should be able to fit an appointment around any work or family commitments. The clinic is located on the main Otley Road A660 in Adel, north Leeds, less than a mile from the ring road. There is ample free parking outside the clinic.

So call Revive Chiropractic today on 0113 347 2801 to book your appointment and don’t forget to quote ‘DEC 14’ at the time of booking to take advantage of this offer.

Barefoot Running: What’s It All About?

Many runners seek help from a chiropractor for running injuries. Some seem to get endless injuries whilst others do not. Is barefoot running the answer? In this edition of the blog I look at the evidence base for and against barefoot running.

Barefoot running is simply running in thin soled shoes (or without shoes at all!). Barefoot running turns the normal runner from a heel strike into a forefoot strike and it is argued that this running style can decrease injuries. Supporters of barefoot running argue that we have evolved to be able to walk and run long distances barefoot as a survival mechanism and that by wearing footwear we are weakening our intrinsic foot muscles and diminishing proprioception. Weak foot muscles they say can lead to increased injury rates. But is there any evidence that it works?!

Yes and no. Rates of injury amongst runners have remained almost unchanged since the 1970’s despite the massive development in running shoe technology. Today’s running shoes are designed with increased heel cushioning and arch support and a whole host of other very complicated features that supposedly lessen the impact as our foot strikes the ground. If you are thinking of trying barefoot running, consider the following:

1) Not everybody who wears barefoot running shoes runs in the same way. A significant number of runners (around 25{8c34c0d03372d798e22443fa1cd79a4c0c458739bec8c1532104b8390ef42220}) still run in a heel strike pattern as if they were wearing conventional running shoes.

2) We know that running style changes as fatigue sets in but the studies have not looked at barefoot running biomechanics over longer distances.

So the jury is out but what can be said is that the advent of barefoot running has created huge sales in footwear and a massive new industry has evolved. What is important is that if you do try barefoot running then it is paramount that you make a gradual transition. There is a greatly increased risk of injury on the initial stages of barefoot running so you must give your body time to adapt to the new running technique. Initially wear barefoot shoes for just walking and then for short periods running, gradually building the time and distance.

Am I a barefoot runner?

No! I like to think that regular chiropractic treatment and good core stability help to keep good form whilst running. There are also other ways to try and build intrinsic foot strength such as multi-direction lunges and single leg squats. So if you are a runner with persistent lower limb injuries then weigh up the evidence and decide if it is worth a try. Personally, I’d rather suggest exercises and an individual rehab program alongside chiropractic care.

Blog author Alison Eaves. Alison is a qualified chiropractor working in Leeds. Call Revive Chiropractic on 07828 686026 to book an appointment with Alison.

Sports Massage Now Available at Revive Chiropractic

Sports massage now available at Revive Chiropractic so get yourself booked in asap. Sports massage can really complement regular chiropractic treatment so read on f rmore about how sports massage could help your aches and pains.

Some of you may have noticed that the clinic was closed for a week in December and I was down in London. Contrary to popular belief I wasn’t doing my Christmas shopping but gaining a qualification in Sports Massage. I’m pleased to announce that in addition being a qualified chiropractor I am now a qualified Sports Massage Therapist. I will be offering both Chiropractic and Sports Massage at the clinic here in Adel, North Leeds.

I will be offering Sports Massage at the clinic at the following prices:

30 minutes £30

60 minutes £50

45 minutes combined chiropractic and sports massage £45

I have decided to broaden my knowledge in the field of Sports Massage because people like and need it! I treat quite a high number of active sports people, including runners, and this group of patients undoubtedly benefit from the combination of chiropractic treatment and sports massage.

Should I choose chiropractic or sports massage?

It depends on your problem. If you don’t have a specific injury and feel that it is just muscle tightness or you want a regular sports massage then this is for you. I will carry out a basic assessment at the first visit and then treat the required area(s) with hands on massage. Some general advice on stretching and strengthening may be given.

If you have a new problem or have a niggle that just isn’t going away then I would recommend a full chiropractic examination that will be more in depth and offer a more thorough examination and array of tests to determine the exact nature of your problem. Treatment may involve some sports massage techniques but will also likely involve manipulation of the spine.

Chiropractic Best Option for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint is a common complaint and can often cause pain to radiate (spread) into the buttocks and the back of the thigh down as far as the knee. A recent study in a European Journal investigated what treatment works best for sacroiliac pain. When they compared chiropractic treatment to either physiotherapy treatment or cortisone injection guess which came out most effective?

Yes you guessed it, chiropractic! The study looked at treatment in 51 patients with sacroiliac related leg pain over a 6 week period with subsequent follow up at 12 weeks. Treatment outcome were assessed on the basis of increasing or decreasing pain levels and average pain scores. For chiropractic the success rate was 72{8c34c0d03372d798e22443fa1cd79a4c0c458739bec8c1532104b8390ef42220}, compared to cortisone 50{8c34c0d03372d798e22443fa1cd79a4c0c458739bec8c1532104b8390ef42220} and in last place physiotherapy at just 20{8c34c0d03372d798e22443fa1cd79a4c0c458739bec8c1532104b8390ef42220} success. The study also found that only chiropractic manual therapy gave a significant reduction in pain levels. The study concluded that chiropractic manual therapy should be the treatment of choice for patients suffering sacroiliac joint pain referring down the leg.

Here at Revive Chiropractic in Leeds I see lots of patients with sacroiliac joint problems. I already know that chiropractic treatment works very well for this problem because I see the great results in everyday practice but it is always great to see the research to back it up.

If you or someone you know is suffering from back pain or leg pain then make an appointment at Revive Chiropractic and we can diagnose the problem and start with effective treatment. Call the clinic on 07828 686026 to book an appointment.


Visser L, Woudenberg N, et al. Treatment of the sacroiliac joint in patients with leg pain: a randomized-controlled trial. European Spine Journal 2013 [online]. doi: 10.1007/s00586-013-2833-2.

Back to school – Make sure your children don’t succumb to back pain

The children may be back at school this week but make sure you are helping them to avoid back pain. Alison Eaves, chiropractor here at Revive Chiropractic in Leeds, discusses some research from the British Chiropractic Association on increasing rates of back pain in children.

So why is back pain affecting children and why is it getting worse?
Children of today’s generation are much more sedentary than they have previously been, largely due to the amount of time spent on mobile phones, tablets, computers and social networking sites. Children are also getting much less exercise. Sitting for long periods of time can lead to the muscles, joints and soft tissues becoming stiff and painful. The use of handheld devices such as mobile phones and tablets only adds to the slumped posture and rounded shoulders.

Is back pain in children normal?
No – but don’t panic. Whilst back pain in children can be a sign of more underlying conditions this is very rare. Most back pain is easily treated with just a few sessions and some simple exercises and advice. Kids respond really quickly to treatment and it is important to get to the root cause of any back pain so that they do not grow up thinking back pain is ‘normal’.

What can be done?
Firstly, get your children up and about. Limit them to about 40 minutes of sedentary activity and encourage them to get up, move about and get active. If they are sitting for any length of time, make sure they are sitting upright and not lying on their front propped up on elbow or sat slumped on the floor.

If they complain of back pain or neck pain for a period of several weeks then it may be worthwhile booking an appointment to see a chiropractor who is used to treating young children. Alison is a chiropractor in Leeds and has experience treating young children and teenagers.

You can visit or call 0728 686026 to book an appointment with Alison.