Relieve Sciatic Pain with these 5 Natural Ways

Sciatic pain is moderate to severe nerve pain that can run from the buttocks down the legs. It is very common, with more than 3 million cases in the United States each year. Thankfully, chiropractic care can help relieve sciatic pain naturally and gently. Studies have shown that, unlike medications or surgery, chiropractic medicine can be useful in treating sciatic pain without harmful or costly side effects. With that said, the body is a complex system, and all pain relief takes time. Restoration and relief of pain won’t come quickly, but remaining committed to chiropractic care can help in the long term, but what about now? How can you get relief now?

Your chiropractor understands and is here to help. There are so many complementary therapies you can explore while working with your chiropractor to release your sciatic pain. Remember to keep an open mind, and that each body will respond differently to the methods outlined below. It’s tough living with nerve pain, but by learning more about your body, you’ll be able to find out what therapies
work for you!

Here are five all-natural ways you can help reduce your sciatic pain now:

Acupuncture

Originating in Ancient China, acupuncture has gained popularity in the United States for the past few years and has been proven to help with muscle injuries and pain. The way it works is by tapping into our body’s “meridians” or energy fields. By using needles, your provider will stimulate these meridians and improve the healing process, reducing pain. In a study involving acupuncture for the treatment of sciatica, it was found that acupuncture has a significant effect on pain relief compared to two other groups that were using medication.

Stretching and Yoga

Sciatica and exercise are not the best of friends, and strenuous activity can worsen or trigger pain. Therefore, it might seem best just to relax, but inactivity can also wreak havoc on not only your sciatic nerve but the rest of your body. Yoga and stretching are gentle exercises that lengthen your spine, release tense muscles, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the core. You might be hesitant to give it a try, but studies show yoga is safe and effective for relieving sciatic pain!

An Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Inflammation is the leading cause of sciatic nerve pain and issues but can be reduced by making diet changes to fight and lower inflammation in the body. A diet that is high in trans-fats, cholesterol, and processed sugars will cause a lot of swelling. Replacing these dietary choices with natural and organic food will promote a body free of inflammation. Some delicious anti-inflammatory foods to try are green tea, blueberries, and fresh ginger.

Heat and Cold Therapies

Heat and cold can work wonders on sciatic pain when used correctly. Heat can release tight muscles and dull pain away. Cold therapies slow blood flow and help reduce the symptoms of inflammation. Consult your chiropractor on which treatment is better for you, or if you should use both.

Epsom Salt Soaks

Epsom baths have been used for decades to restore and heal the body. When combined with warm water, the salts will draw out toxins, increase circulation, and reduce inflammation and pain.

Hip, Knee, Ankle Chiropractic Care

Pain in the lower extremities, like your hips, knees, and ankles, are common physical ailments for which chiropractic care is typically sought out. These pains can be caused by injury, overexertion, or simple wear and tear from repetitive movements that break down the soft and hard tissues in your joints. Hips, knees, and ankles are the most frequent areas for pain, with almost 7 million individuals in the United States living with a hip or knee replacement in 2015. Completing surgery to fix these issues is expensive and time-consuming. There are quite a few less invasive methods to explore that can help with lower extremity pain, like chiropractic care.

Hip Pain

The hips contain important muscles that are involved in critical movements of your body. Inflammation or injury to the area can express itself in sharp or dull pain or even numbness and tingling. These aches and pains are symptoms of conditions like sciatica -nerve pain that goes from your buttocks to the legs); bursitis – joint pain associated with burning and swelling; and inflammatory-related strains and arthritis. All of these conditions can be treated with chiropractic care!

Knee Pain

Your knees contain many different elements that can be injured, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints of the body, but can also be helped with chiropractic therapy. Knee pain can be sharp or dull but will vary based on the cause. Frequent conditions that cause symptoms are bursitis, tendonitis (inflamed tendons), degenerative arthritis, strains (Meniscus, ACL, MCL), and runner's knee (outside and front knee pain).

Ankle Pain

Ankle and foot pain are quite often related to a strain and can even make it painful to walk around your house. Other offenders could be Achilles tendonitis (pain in the heel and back of the ankle related to inflammation of the Achilles tendon), plantar fasciitis (sharp pain near the heel), heel spurs, and shin splints (pain radiating from the shin to the ankle and foot)

How Can Chiropractic Care Help My Lower Extremity Pain?

If you are experiencing pain in your lower extremities like your hips, knees, and ankles, a chiropractor can help create a plan tailored to your individual needs to not only find the cause of your pain but treat it. Chiropractors are experts on the movement and structure of the body. By using a variety of chiropractic manipulations and modalities, your chiropractic physician can improve your range of motion, erase pain, and restore function to your joints. The first step is to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor for a full assessment and individualized plan of care.

Brace Options for Lower Extremity Pain

Wearing a brace as a treatment for pain is a safe, efficient, and clinically proven therapy that could be complementary to your chiropractic care as determined by your chiropractic doctor. A variety of brace options can be worn such as knee or ankle brace. Bracing can help athletes protect their joints while still enjoying their sport. Each brace can be adjusted to fit your life and provide the stabilization you need to reduce pain in your body.

Get back to how life was before your lower extremity pain and schedule your chiropractic appointment today!

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