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Sciatica Pain: Visit Your Chiropractor for Relief

By Stephen R. Farris

So you're feeling a little pain in your lower back, that somehow spreads down your leg and farther, into your foot. You've tried ignoring it, thinking the pain will ease up and go away in a day or two. You're not even sure how this happened. Eventually the pain lingers on. Chances are you might have sciatica pain, and you probably should let a doctor or chiropractor see if that's the case.

How Do I Really Know It's Sciatica Pain?

If you're not entirely sure, then you should take note of some of the symptoms you might feel when sciatica pain hits. These symptoms are an indicator that it's time to seek medical help.

  • Feeling severe pain in your lower back and legs
  • Nerve-related symptoms; numbness, weakness, tingling, or shocking sensation
  • No improvement after a couple of weeks
  • Pain worsens
  • Loss of bowel or bladder functions

Can I Treat Sciatica Pain at Home?

You can treat sciatica pain at home after you know for sure that's what it is. You have a couple of options you can try. You can opt to take over-the-counter medication -- which could lead to addiction and possible side effects -- or you can do some low-impact exercises.

What Type of Exercising Should I Do?

Probably the best exercise you can do is very simple. Stretching. Doing certain types of stretching can help keep your spine flexible and better range of motion, while keeping your core strong as well.

After Exercising Try This

After exercising, or stretching -- you may still experience pain while exercising/stretching though -- try a little cold and heat therapy to ease pain in your lower back. Grab a towel and an ice pack, then apply for 15 minutes per hour. Then use a heat source, say for instance, a heating pad for 15 minutes every 2-3 hours. Cold therapy helps reduce inflammation and heat gets the blood circulation going so your recovery time is quicker.

When sciatica pain affects your way of life, visit your local chiropractor such as the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic. Their staff of professional, licensed doctors of chiropractic can help you ease the pain you might be feeling through spinal manipulation, an all-natural, noninvasive, non-addictive, gentle hands-on form of treatment. No appointment is necessary at The Joint Chiropractic, and you have the relief from worrying about hassling with your insurance. 

The Joint Chiropractic has several payment options to choose from that won't break your budget. Check out any one of their 600-plus nationwide locations near you to get the pain relief you deserve.

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

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