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Chiropractic Tips to Cope with Sciatica

By Sara Butler

Sciatica is not a disease, but a symptom -- a very painful symptom. It’s often used to refer to pain that starts in the lower back and travels down the leg. It’s a condition that can be associated with nerve dysfunction or compression and there are numerous reasons one might experience this kind of pain. When sciatic nerve pain occurs, the nerve itself can become inflamed and the pain can be immense. There are a few things you can do to help deal with the pain sciatica can cause.

See Your Chiropractor

If you’re experiencing pain you suspect is related to a nerve, then the chiropractors at The Joint are who you need to see. The first step toward helping you find relief is first to diagnose why you’re having the pain in the first place. Remember, chiropractors want to find the root cause of pain and discomfort you’re experiencing, not simply treat your symptoms.

Once you’ve been diagnosed, the chiropractors at The Joint can move forward with a treatment plan that may include spinal adjustments to improve the movement of the joints in the spine and pelvis and improve the inflammation in the affected area.


It may seem counterintuitive, but exercise can help you find relief from sciatic pain. Gone are the days when bed rest was the cure for back pain. Now it’s understood that inactivity can often make symptoms worse. You need movement in order to keep your muscles strong to support your back and pelvis. Plus, active exercise is good for your spinal discs because it helps to keep them nourished and healthy.


Tight muscles can contribute to pain and discomfort, so promote flexibility by stretching. Regular stretching can help ease the pain of sciatica and improve support for your lower back by improving the strength of your core muscles. Talk to your chiropractor about ways you can encourage tight muscles to loosen up with a regular stretching program.

Use Ice and Heat

This is an old remedy, but a good one! When you’re experiencing sciatic pain you can strategically use heat and ice to help relieve pain. You should start by placing an ice pack where the pain is worst. Then, follow up with a heating pad to help soothe muscle tension. It will also encourage blood flow to the area and help tense muscles to relax.

You don’t have to suffer through sciatic pain. Discuss options with your chiropractor at The Joint.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.

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