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How Regular Low Impact Exercise May Improve Sciatica


Due to the fact that the musculoskeletal system is so complicated, there are so many different instances in which we can experience pain and discomfort. There is such an overwhelming amount of different musculoskeletal health problems, and while our body is designed to be durable and help us carry out locomotion in normal fashion, it can also be quite fragile at times.

The interactions between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous systems also present opportunities for injury, pain and discomfort. In some cases, the layout of the body’s muscles and bones may compromise the functioning of a neural network, causing all types of problems. This is exactly what happens in the case of sciatica.

Chiropractors, orthopedists, and physiologists point to inflammation of the sciatic nerve as a main cause of the pain and discomfort that occurs as a result of sciatica. However, a chiropractor maintains a unique position on sciatica in the belief that a misalignment of the lumbar spine can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve. This leads to inflammation and a lack of communication throughout this neural channel. The pain in the lower back and in the buttocks can be crippling and if the condition gets bad enough, it can spread down the leg causing numbness and intense pain throughout the entire leg.

If you are experiencing sciatica, you are not resigned this crippling pain and numbness forever. There are steps you can take to reduce the pressure on your sciatic nerve and decrease the condition’s impact on your quality of life. People may think that bed rest is the most effective solution but in fact, getting moving and strengthening the areas around the sciatic nerve can improve your outcomes dramatically.

Strengthening the muscles in your back will provide your spine more support, alleviating some of the pressure that the lumbar places on the sciatic nerve. Additionally, stretching the hamstrings and getting blood to flow through the upper leg can bring more oxygen to the area, increasing the amount of communication occurring in the sciatic nerve and reducing the potential for inflammation.

These are just some effective strategies that you can carry out, but the possibilities are essentially endless. Rather than filling your body with the toxins present in pain medication and anti-inflammatories, consider an exercise regiment to improve your sciatica and you musculoskeletal health overall. If pain persists, make sure to bring it up at your next appointment. 

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