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Sciatica: Symptoms and Conservative Treatment

Written By Coastal Integrative Health on January 17, 2014

Sciatica: Symptoms and Conservative Treatment

If you have ever suffered from sciatica, then you know how daunting the pain can be. Those who have only dealt with sciatica once often note unmistakeable complaints. Compression of the sciatic nerve can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, such as lower back pain, leg and buttock pain and the classic “pins and needles” sensation in the lower back and leg(s).

Sciatica is an indication that something else is going on with your back, such as a herniated or protruding disc in your lumbar spine. The pain and discomfort associated with sciatica might come and go. With proper therapy and exercise, your sciatica can oftentimes be controlled.

Most people say that they “moved wrong” before they noticed the pain. In other words, they made a sudden, sharp movement and irritated their back. Common ways to make sciatica “flare up” are twisting at the lower back (torsion) and bending at the hips. Consequently, golfers can develop sciatic pain because they often twist at the hip.

It isn’t always obvious that we’re hurting our back as we go about our day. Remain conscious about your back and how you are moving. Good posture is a great start for relieving lumbar irritation. As you might have guessed, avoid torsion; when you are bending, flex at the knees instead of bending at the hips.

If you are having a sciatica “flare up”, know that conservative therapy can go a long way. Many people find great relief with massage therapy; physical therapy and chiropractic care can be help tremendously. Each person’s sciatic issues are specific, and a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t exist. However, chiropractic can be used to reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve and therefore reduce your symptoms. Massage therapy can also help to relax the tissues pressing on the sciatic nerve.

As mentioned, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating sciatica, but Coastal Integrative Health offers excellent conservative approaches for reducing and eliminating your pain and discomfort. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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