How to Prevent and Treat Sciatica: Part One

How To Prevent And Treat Sciatica_ Part One

If you have experienced sciatica, you know that the pain and irritation can be difficult to handle if left untreated. Luckily, with chiropractic care from Williams Chiropractic in Clemmons, and a few simple steps you can take at home, you can learn to manage and overcome most of the discomfort caused by sciatica.

Contact Williams Chiropractic today if you would like help treating your pain. We specialize in natural pain-management, and we can help you with other health concerns, including weight loss. Our office utilizes the DRX-9000 spinal decompression system, and we use Pro-Adjuster technology to create and administer the most accurate and helpful chiropractic care available. You don’t have to live with pain anymore, call us and schedule an appointment.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is an irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body, running along both sides of the lower spine and down to each foot. Sciatica is commonly caused after a disk then presses against the nerves around it, causing tingling, numbness, and pain. While some disc herniations are a result of age or genetic factors, other factors that can cause herniation are preventable, including managing your weight and working on having a better posture while sitting and standing.

Learn How to Sit

Many people spend a majority of their time sitting. While you should stand up and walk around as much as possible, if you have to stay seated, there are several important steps you can take to make sure that you are not increasing your chances of a herniation or making your sciatic pain worse.

Sit Back. Your spine should be aligned straight up and down, and your backside should be against the back of the chair. It is important to take all three curves of your spine into account while you sit. Leaning against the back of the chair should take care of two of these curves, and a rolled-up towel or a specially designed pillow can support your lower back.

Don’t Lean. Leaning to one side or the other will put unnecessary stress on that side of the body and can contribute to herniations or muscles pain. If you already have sciatica, leaning can cause a flare up of pain.

Keep Your Knees Bent. While sitting, plant your feet flat on the ground and check to see what height your knees are at. Ideally, you want to create a 90-degree angle between your knees and your hips, with your hips being slightly elevated compared to your knees.

Don’t Sit All Day. Whether you are at work or at home, it is good to get up and walk around every half hour. Standing, stretching, and walking are all excellent ways to help your body return to more natural positions. Consider a standing desk for work. While they won’t fix everything, they will keep you on your feet more often, which could be very beneficial if you are at a higher risk for sciatica.

Check back soon for part two in our blog series about taking care of your back to avoid sciatica and what to do if you are already dealing with sciatica. At Williams Chiropractic in Clemmons, we have dedicated our practice to providing the most technologically advanced chiropractic treatments available. By combining our training, skills, and intuition with assistance from technology like the DRX-9000 and the Pro-Adjuster, we can create, track, and perform better, more accurate treatments that will get you feeling better faster. Contact us today if you would like to find natural pain relief from sciatic, migraines, fibromyalgia, and many other kinds of discomfort.

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