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Painful Sciatica? Try Chiropractic and Exercise

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are one of the 40 percent of all people who have encountered sciatica, you know how exasperating and painful it can be. The pain that begins in the sciatic nerves can come and go with varying intensity, and stick around for weeks or months. Chiropractic may have the answers you need now.

The Chiropractic Focus

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you is well equipped to help. Their doctors of chiropractic will start by assessing your pain and helping you find natural drug-free answers without prescriptions or surgery.

They believe a healthy spine can open the door to a healthier life. The spine keeps us mobile, and the central nervous system housed inside supplies our brain-to-body communication.

A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may provide far-reaching pain relief and a sense of well-being with more energy, better sleep and fresh awareness. Many people feel like they have turned the page as they choose weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments to get a grip on their sciatica and keep the benefits coming.

Together, you and your chiropractor can work on the best sciatica treatment program for you with tips like these from Harvard Health.

Break up sitting whenever you can - The lower back takes a real hit when you sit at work all day, and then go home to sit some more. Take hourly breaks during the day and keep the evenings active with a walk after dinner or time on the treadmill.

Keep moving to relieve sciatica - Walk, swim, cycle or dance. Back it up with strength training at the gym or with free weights at home. Stay flexible with tai chi, yoga or Pilates.

Work for a strong core - Make sure the muscles in your pelvis, buttocks, back and sides are all providing support for your spine. Yoga or Pilates can make a difference in your core as you protect your spine and ease your sciatica.

Keep your weight in check - Increased weight adds pressure to the spine and can lead to herniated discs. Losing just a few pounds may make a difference.

Straighten up - Have someone take a picture of you working. If they catch you in a digital slump, start working on your posture. Sit up straight, pull your shoulders back and down, and position your monitor so you are looking straight ahead.

When you are ready to get started, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community. No appointments are needed. Weekend and evening hours are available, and affordable personal healthcare plans and packages eliminate the hassle of insurance.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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