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Sciatica Symptoms and Treatments

By Debra Rodzinak

Calf pain, numbness in the foot and leg, or shooting pain that runs down the leg, are all signs of sciatica.  When the sciatic nerve becomes pinched or trapped, a spinal disc becomes herniated, the spinal canal narrows, or a vertebra slips out of place, are all instances where sciatic pain can present.  For those looking for natural remedies to relieve this pain, there are several paths to finding relief.

Ice and Heat Therapy

When pain first presents, ice can help numb the area of pain and promote a decrease in swelling.  However, ice should only be used for the first day or two.  Then, switching over to heat can promote circulation to the area which can lead to healing.  Alternating ice and heat can bring relief to those suffering with sciatica pain.


When dealing with sciatica pain, the last thing many people want to do is exercise.  However, staying inactive can actually make sciatic pain worse.  By avoiding exercise, the lower back muscles that support the spine can become lethargic and weak.  This may cause additional stress on the root nerves of the lower back.  Stretching, strength training, and low impact exercise that strengthen the lower back and abdominal muscles have been found very beneficial in relieving some types of sciatic pain.


Ensuring that the spinal joints are properly aligned and in good working order is the basis for a healthy spine.  Just as a house needs a solid foundation, the body needs a solid spine.  When discs are out of place, nerves are pinched, and muscles are weakened, there is accompanying pain and discomfort.  Chiropractic can help align the spine, release pinched nerves, and promote natural healing of the spine and spinal joints.

If you are suffering with back pain, leg pain, or numbness, and are looking for an all-natural path to health and wellness, come by The Joint and discuss your treatment options with one of our expert chiropractors.  At The Joint, the chiropractic team works with patients to develop a treatment plan that uses natural methods of pain relief to promote the body’s natural ability to heal from within.

With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, a trip to The Joint is often less expensive than an insurance copay.  Drop by The Joint today and let one of our highly qualified doctors work with you to relieve your sciatic pain.


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