Tips to Avoid Sciatic Pain
By Sara Butler
Sciatic pain can be very uncomfortable. It can extend from the lower back all the way down the legs to the toes. Sciatic pain can consist of muscle weakness, tingling, numbness, pain, or other symptoms that can range from uncomfortable to unbearable. Those who suffer from sciatic normally want to reduce the chances they'll experience a sciatic flare-up at all costs. If you suffer from sciatic pain, then there are a few things the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic suggest you do to reduce the chances of experiencing it.
Reduce Strain when Bending or Sitting
If you spend a lot of your day bending or sitting in one place, then there are precautions you can take to reduce the chances of a flare-up when doing either action for long periods of time. When you're sedentary or in one position for long periods, this can make your back more susceptible to injury when you shift to doing other things. You can reduce this risk by:
- Not shifting right into high energy tasks after long periods of inactivity
- Standing up straight and moving around to stretch your lower back at regular intervals while sitting or bending
- Avoid lifting objects that are awkward or heavy
No matter the reason you bend, from household chores to work-related tasks, it's important to do it in a way that is kind to the curves of your back. To avoid stressing your lower back and helping to maintain its natural curvature in an effort to reduce nerve irritation that leads to sciatica, you can:
- Bend at your knees, never at your waist
- As you lean forward, pivot your hips
- Push heavy objects instead of pulling
- Don't slouch, stoop, or hunch when bending forward
- Using a footstool to rest one leg on when you do something that requires bending for a long period, such as washing the dishes
Use Help to Relieve Pressure on Your Back
During everyday tasks, you can use assistive devices to take the pressure off the discs on your back. Some great example of easy to use assistive devices that are readily available include:
- Carts for groceries or laundry instead of baskets
- Wheeled luggage or briefcases
- Belts that offer lumbar support
If you suffer from sciatic pain, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint to help you understand how to reduce pain and live your life!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.