How to Soothe Sciatic Pain
By Sara Butler
If you suffer from sciatic pain, then you know how distressing it can be. Luckily, chiropractic care is an effective, safe, and natural treatment for those who suffer from this issue. Your chiropractor at The Joint can help soothe your sciatic symptoms and avoid negative side effects at the same time. It’s important to keep in mind that healing and repair don’t happen overnight. While you’re helping your body heal with the help of a chiropractor, there are some things you can do to help you find relief.
Soak in Epsom Salts
Epsom salt baths have been used for years to help relieve pain and swelling. The soak can help to relax your central nervous system and assist the body in healing. It helps to reduce inflammation and increase circulation, a winning combination to promote relaxation that may help to reduce some of your sciatica symptoms. You can find Epsom salts just about anywhere, so go get some and have a soak tonight!
Yoga and Stretching
Sometimes, tight or weak muscles can make sciatic symptoms even worse. Stretching, combined with gentle exercise such as yoga, can help you find some relief. Keep in mind that even though you are in pain and you shouldn’t take on any strenuous exercise, keeping sedentary can be just as damaging. Yoga and a regular stretching regimen can help to strengthen your body and improve your posture while helping to reduce stiffness and inflammation.
Hot and Cold Therapy
Using heat and ice can help provide relief for many different types of pain -- including sciatica. You simply need to make sure you’re doing it right!
To know if ice or heat will work best for your pain, think about the kind of pain you’re having. Heat works best on aches and pains since it helps to increase circulation, loosen tight muscles, and dull pain. Ice is best for sudden inflammation, swelling, and muscles spasms since it helps to restrict the blood flow. You may want to try alternating the two. If you have questions about which would be most effective, talk to your chiropractor at The Joint.
Taking these simple steps in conjunction with chiropractic care can help you overcome sciatic pain and reclaim your life pain-free. For a consultation, come into The Joint Chiropractic today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.