Managing Your Sciatica
Here in NYC’s West Side Comprehensive Chiropractic, we treat patients suffering from Sciatica Pain. Sciatica is a type of pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the leg, becomes compressed or irritated. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the lower back, buttocks, and legs. While sciatica can be a frustrating and debilitating condition, there are things you can do to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Here are some tips for managing your sciatica:
Consult a Chiropractor: Sometimes despite all of your best efforts, your mind and body needs the help of a wellness professional.
Practice good posture: Poor posture can put unnecessary strain on the sciatic nerve and contribute to sciatica pain. Try to maintain an upright, neutral spine position when sitting, standing, and moving.
Engage in regular exercise: Exercise can help strengthen the muscles in the back and legs, which can help reduce the risk of sciatica flare-ups. However, it's important to choose low- impact exercises that don't put too much strain on the back, such as walking or swimming.
Use heat and ice: Applying heat or ice to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and pain. Heat can be particularly helpful for relaxing tense muscles, while ice can be helpful for reducing inflammation.
Try over-the-counter pain medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can help reduce inflammation and pain.
Use good body mechanics: When lifting heavy objects, be sure to use proper lifting techniques to avoid straining the back. This includes keeping the object close to your body, bending at the knees, and avoiding twisting or bending too far.
Chiropractic can help strengthen the muscles in the back and legs, improve flexibility and mobility, and reduce pain. A chiropractor can also teach you exercises and stretches that can help manage your sciatica and address the underlying causes of the sciatic pain in the first place.
When your wellness journey is not transitioning pain to your rear-view, contact NYC’s West Side Comprehensive Chiropractic Care. We can help you find relief from sciatica and a litany of other painful conditions.