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5 Natural Ways to Treat Sciatica - by Dr. Rob

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is pain that begins in the lower back and radiates down the thigh and leg. It is most commonly associated with a herniated disk. The pain can be debilitating and restrict range of motion however, there are a number of treatments that can help increase mobility and decrease pain in addition to decompression therapy.

5 Ways to Treat Sciatica:

  1. Spinal manipulation
  2. Acupuncture
  3. Yoga
  4. Massage
  5. Ice

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Seeking care from a licensed Chiropractor can help alleviate the pain associated with Sciatica. Chiropractors can realign the spinal column and therefore reduce the chance of spinal disks protruding into the canal.

Acupuncture

The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture can help reduce inflammation in the lower back. A study from The China Academy for Chinese Medical Sciences found that a large majority of patients undergoing acupuncture treatment reported less sciatic pain than with drug treatment. Acupuncture is a natural option with less severe side effects than many commonly used pain relief drugs.

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Practicing yoga regularly can not only relieve sciatic pain but also prevent it from occurring. Slow progressive yoga stretches and movements can help loosen tight lower back muscles. Hip opening stretches, hamstring stretches, and spinal twists are especially effective in releasing lower back tightness.

Massage

IMG_5953Massage is a great way to relieve tight muscles related to sciatica. Tight lower back muscle may be putting pressure on nerve roots resulting in irritation. Massage can target specific areas in the lower back in order to prevent further irritation or stress. Massage treatment can also promote the release of endorphins in your body that provide brief but effective pain relief.

 

Ice

Ice therapy is a useful tool for the treatment of sciatic pain. Ice can help reduce inflammation and have a numbing effect on the pain. A simple ice pack or back of ice can be used but be sure to not place it directly on the skin. A good rule of thumb when using ice therapy is 10 minutes on the affected area and 10 minutes off.

BONUS VIDEO:

When patients come in complaining of sciatic pain, we typically assess the lower lumbar spine and piriformis muscle (the muscle that run across the buttocks). These two areas of the body can cause major pain if not mobilized regularly. In this video, Dr. Nick demonstrates a simple partner piriformis stretch you can do at home to prevent and rehabilitate sciatica pain.

LINK TO AT-HOME PARTNER PIRIFORMIS STRETCH VIDEO

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