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When Sciatica Challenges You, Turn to Chiropractic

By Sandy Schroeder

Almost 40 percent of adults will be hit with sciatica pain at some time in their lives. Often the pain is resolved within a year or less, but sometimes the struggle continues. If you are fighting this debilitating pain that runs the length of the leg, you may need chiropractic support to take control to find the best future solutions.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you will have the answers that you need in their wellness center staffed with doctors of chiropractic. They find the best solutions for pain for all sorts of people every day.

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When you come in, your chiropractor will assess your pain and ask about your daily routine and medical history. Focusing on spinal health to improve overall health, your chiropractor may use a gentle targeted spinal adjustment to provide far-reaching pain relief. 

As pressure on the sciatic nerve is relieved, you may be able to move more freely with less pain. At the same time you may feel more energy and enjoy better sleep, or experience improved metabolism or digestion. Benefits are unique to each individual.

Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may turn out to be the best way to stay pain-free and keep moving. Combining flexibility training with aerobics and strength training to improve your core and support your spine may be the way forward.

More Ways to Defeat Sciatica

Here are more tips to try from Harvard Health.

Avoid sitting too much - If you have a desk job you may want to set the clock to make sure you move at least 10 minutes each hour. Or you might consider an adjustable work platform to alternate between sitting and standing. You can also stand when you are on the phone, and intersperse walking meetings with sitting time.

Keep your weight down - Ease sciatica pain by subtracting extra pounds. Just losing 5 to 10 pounds might make a noticeable difference. Start dropping a few pounds and watch for a reduction in pain.

Alternate ice and heat - As you keep moving with exercise and rely on chiropractic treatment, ice packs or a frozen bag of peas will go a long way to intercept pain and promote healing. As things improve, hot packs or heating pads will help muscles relax and encourage more movement.

Try this exercise - Lie flat and lift your left leg and place the right ankle on top of the left knee. Hold for 30 seconds as you stretch the tiny piriformis muscle in the buttocks which can trigger pain when it becomes inflamed and presses against the sciatic nerve.

When you are ready to find solutions for your pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Clinics are open weekends and evenings and walk-ins are welcome. Affordable personal healthcare packages and plans eliminate the hassle of insurance.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Roseville, Minn.

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