A Sigh of Relief for Sciatica

  • By lemaster
  • 08 Sep, 2017

Dealing with sciatic nerve pain? Give our practice a call to find natural relief.

How do you know if you have sciatica? Many patients experience:

  • Pain in the buttocks or leg that worsens when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down one or both legs
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty using your leg or foot
  • A shooting pain that makes standing difficult

If these symptoms sound familiar, you’re likely to be in your 40’s or 50’s and have pain when coughing, sneezing or any kind of movement. Simply put, you probably have sciatica.

What Is Sciatica?

Like a large river created by smaller streams, four or five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form the two sciatic nerves. The soft pulpy disc between each spinal bone is often involved. While a disc can’t “slip,” it can bulge, herniate or rupture. This can put direct pressure on the nearby nerves.

The result? Swelling and inflammation. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also radiate down to the foot or toes.

What You Can Do

While sciatica can be distracting, it rarely produces permanent nerve damage—especially with prompt chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic care is so successful in providing sciatica pain relief, it’s almost considered routine.

The only challenge seems to be impatient patients who expect instant results. Unlike artificial solutions such as drugs or more drastic surgery, chiropractic care helps restore the proper relationships between bones, discs and nerves. This natural approach, relying on the healing ability of your body, moves at its own pace.

If you’re dealing with sciatic nerve pain, consider giving our practice a call.

By proadAccountId-401911 25 Sep, 2017

We often experience pain when something isn’t working properly. By that logic, feeling good would mean that everything is working fine, right? Not always. Because it’s often easier to tell when your spine isn’t as healthy as it could be, we’d like to share four habits of a happy, healthy spine.

1. It’s carried well.

For a healthy spine, good posture is crucial. This doesn’t mean just standing up straight when you’re moving about, but also being conscious of how you sit when you’re at work or home and even how you sleep in your bed.

2. There’s always time for exercise.

A happy, healthy spine needs regular exercise to function well. So, what’s the best way to exercise your spine? Work the muscles around it like your abs so they’re strong enough to maintain its proper position.

3. It gets proper nutrients.

When we eat healthily, chances are we’re more conscious of how it may help our clothes fit well than what it does for our nervous system. A healthy diet high in leafy greens and vegetables can help our body better accommodate stress and allow our nervous system to function optimally.

4. Your spine is well rested.

Not getting enough sleep each night can wreak havoc on our entire body—including our spine. Your spine helps you stay upright all day, and it needs its time to relax and rejuvenate just like the rest of you. Make sure your spine is supported during sleep and avoid stomach slumber when possible.

Could your spine use some love? Contact our practice today to book an appointment.

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