Quick Interventions to Help Relieve Sciatica
Sciatica is a common and painful condition of the lower back, buttocks, or legs. Sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve in the buttocks or lower lumbar spine. This compression can be caused by bone spurs or degeneration.
It can also be caused by muscle strain due to repetitive movements. There are various methods of treating this debilitating condition. At Live Aligned chiropractic center, we treat sciatica with a blend of hands-on adjustments and physical therapy techniques that target points along your spinal cord to relieve pressure on your nerves and create space for repair to occur naturally.
- We first diagnose your condition
- Establish the underlying cause
- Then administer effective chiropractic moves to alleviate the back pain
- Recommend therapies
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Sciatica is usually caused by compression or irritation in the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back to your buttocks and legs. It is typically characterized by a burning, tingling sensation that starts at the bottom of the leg and travels to the outside edge of the foot. Sciatica may also be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and weakness in the leg.
Sciatica may be caused by a variety of activities or injuries that can include:
- A pulled or strained muscle in your back, neck pain, or buttocks (the piriformis muscle)
- A spinal disc bulges
- Stress on the sciatic nerve root that runs through your hip bones
Interventions to Relieve Sciatica
Sciatica can be extremely debilitating, especially if it restricts movement or causes numbness in one or both of your legs. It may also lead to long-term problems like chronic back and hip pain.
Sciatica may also cause other symptoms like dizziness and tingling in the hands and arms, making you feel like you have pins and needles on your skin.
Several quick interventions can help you relieve sciatica symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling in your legs due to an injury or autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. These quick interventions will help to ease the pain so that you can recover quicker than usual:
This is a simple and effective way to reduce nerve pain and swelling in the lower back, hips, thighs, and feet. If you have sciatica, place an ice pack on your lower back right below your hips for 20 minutes at a time, up to three times a day. Or use a frozen water bottle filled with cold water and place it between your legs when you sit down or stand up (to relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve).
Stretch exercises can help improve muscle tone and flexibility, which helps relieve pain due to weakness or injury to muscles used for movement (such as those used for walking). These stretches should be done slowly and gently over several weeks of consistent workouts with no pain or discomfort.
This is a great way to reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation in the affected area. Massage therapy is also a great way to boost your immune system and increase blood flow in the affected area.
Similarly, light therapy is a great way to reduce inflammation in your body by exposing yourself to light throughout the day. The sunlight will help your body produce vitamin D, which will help boost your immune system and lower inflammation intensity.
A warm Bath
A warm bath or shower may help relax tense muscles and reduce swelling around the area where you feel pain. If you want something more substantial, try massaging hot water onto the area with some oil.
For those who experience relief from stretching their hamstrings and calves before going to bed at night, try doing so before bedtime for 30 minutes every evening for two weeks straight. This will gradually improve blood flow throughout your body by increasing circulation, boosting healing in the long run.
Suffering From Sciatica? Visit Our Chiropractor Today
You know how debilitating it can be if you are suffering from sciatica. You know how it can impact your everyday life and ability to do the most important activities. We can help you alleviate this pain. At Live Aligned chiropractic center, we treat sciatica with the latest chiropractic technology proven to help people live pain-free. Contact us today.