Dealing with sciatica pain can be challenging, especially when you try to move through your busy, active daily schedule. Here are three tips that can help you manage, and eventually heal, your sciatica.
Chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression therapy both work to relieve pressure on the sciatica nerve. At our office in Henderson, NV, our chiropractors use Visual Axial Decompression, a form of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy that restores oxygen, water, and nutrient-rich fluids into any damaged spinal discs to promote healing.
Physiotherapy is undoubtedly the most effective conservative treatment option for sciatica. Our Henderson chiropractors are also physiotherapists that can teach you helpful, healing exercises, stretches, and more. Our Henderson chiropractors will also be able to help you track your progress, and assess what the steps you should take next.
There are exercises and stretches you can do at home to alleviate pain and promote healthy blood flow to your lower spinal region. Stretching your hamstrings will help pull some of that pain away from your spine. Lay down in a doorway or archway, and slowly prop one heel against that doorway while keeping your back and other leg flat on the ground. This stretch will relieve your pain, while also preventing pain for a little while.
Keeping exercise as a regular part of your day, no matter what type, is crucial to getting back on the path to a healthy body.
Doctors suggest you place a cold icepack against the area that hurts along your spine. This should reduce inflammation for a little while, as well as provide you with some much-needed pain relief.
Heat therapy is also suggested to help loosen and ease muscles, slowly unwinding them from their clenched position. Heat therapy should be used sparingly, as it could potentially agitate swelling.
Anti-inflammatory Medications in Moderation
Basic pain killers can help relieve everyday sciatica pain, but there are pros and cons to this method. The positives are that medication is quick, easy, and you can take it at any point during your busy day. Unfortunately, these type of pain killers cannot be taken on a long-term basis – they are good for flare ups, but not day-long pain treatment. Seeking chiropractic care and physiotherapy is a better way to address the underlying spinal issue causing your sciatic nerve pain.
To find out more about how to relieve sciatica for good, contact Advance Spine & Rehabilitation in Henderson/Las Vegas, NV.