The sciatic nerves are the largest nerves in the body. They start in the spinal column in the lower region of your back, and then run down the hip joint, buttocks and back of the leg. They are a huge nerve that can cause huge pain when sciatica flares up. You can tell your back pain is sciatica, when there is pain that runs down your lower back and down your buttocks or legs.
Watch How You Move
When you are facing sciatica pain, do not bend, lift, or sit in soft or low chairs. This will only worsen the pain.
Stretch It Out
For quick relief of nagging sciatica pain, know which stretches to do. This stretch can help soothe the pain almost immediately. Lie on the floor with your feet flat on the ground and your knees bent. Gently bring up one foot and rest it on the opposite knee. Next, clasp your hands together under your knee and gently pull up. You should feel a relieving stretch down your opposite leg.
Consistent Chiropractic Care
A study in the 2010 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that 60% of individuals who suffered from sciatica pain, found relief in consistent chiropractic care even when other alternative therapies did not work. The individuals studied went to the chiropractor 3-4 times a week for treatment, slowly decreasing their visits as the pain diminished.
Why did chiropractic care work more effectively than other alternative treatments? There is proof that correcting issues with the spine through manual adjustments, can also correct issues with the nerves that are causing the pain.
Massage It Out
Massage can help treat sciatica pain because it can be caused by a pinched sciatic nerve when the piriformis muscle gets tight. For massage therapy to work, however, it is best to stick with trigger-point therapy that focuses on the inflamed and irritated areas. This type of massage works best when done consistently, though if there is no relief after four massages, you will need to find a different treatment.
Sciatica pain is hard to live with. It is extremely painful and can drive you to bed miserable. Prevent and manage your sciatica pain by visiting The Joint… the chiropractic place. The Joint offers many flexible hours, and you don’t even need an appointment to get in the door. Leave your insurance card at home, because you won’t need it to receive The Joint’s non-invasive services.
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