Soothing Your Sciatic Pain
By Sara Butler
Sciatic pain is literally a pain in your butt. And your leg. And your back. If you've lived with sciatic pain for any amount of time, then you know how terrible it can be. Chiropractic care is a great way to manage sciatic pain naturally, but there are some things you can do at home to help find relief. In conjunction with chiropractic care from the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic, here are a few things you can do to ease the pain to help you get through the day.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatic is used as an umbrella term for numbness, weakness, and/or pain that can result from issues relating to the sciatic nerve. For many people, the cause of sciatica is an irritation to the sciatic nerve root caused by problems in the lower back. Often, this is a disc issue such as a bulging or herniated disc. Symptoms of sciatica include:
- Sharp pain in the leg, buttocks, hip, or lower back
- Weakness or numbness in the leg
- Tingling or burning sensation in the leg
Sciatica is normally a condition that impacts only one side of the body. Where you feel the pain or discomfort is related to the location of the root issue in the spine. If you suspect that you have sciatica, then it's important to see the chiropractors at The Joint for an evaluation to understand why the sciatic nerve is irritated. That way, treatment can begin as soon as possible and you can be on the road to relief.
Epsom Salts Soak
Epsom salts are a popular at-home remedy for a good reason -- they really do help! Soaking in Epsom salts helps to draw the toxins out of your body and soothe your central nervous system. When combined with warm water, it helps to reduce inflammation and decrease circulation, promoting relaxation that can help ease some of the pain caused by sciatica.
The chiropractors at The Joint know the importance of flexibility when it comes to the health of your joints, which is why they recommend a stretching regimen or yoga to those who have sciatic nerve pain. When you have a daily stretching routine, then it works to improve posture, lengthen and strengthen the muscles that support your spine, and help improve flexibility. All of these things have been shown to help reduce pain related to sciatica.
If you're struggling with sciatica, then come into The Joint today for an evaluation.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.