Is there a cure for sciatica? As a doctor of chiropractic here in Mesa AZ, I am privileged to help many people find a cure for sciatica. Chiropractic colleges teach several methods and techniques designed to help the sciatica patient. Chiropractors therefore are in an unique position with their advanced chiropractic training to help eliminate sciatica pain (a cure for sciatica); in most situations.
Leg pain or sciatica (also known as radiculopathy) specifically from a herniated disc is commonly caused by the center of the disc protruding backwards irritating or compressing a nerve, which in turn causes pain to radiate along the sciatic nerve. This is by far the most difficult cure for sciatica to treat, but as a chiropractor it is done all of the time. When you visit your chiropractor for your cure for sciatica, he / she will most likely recommend and or perform sciatica exercises for you.
Specific chiropractic exercises for sciatica due to a herniated disc are recommended according to which positions will cause your symptoms to move up from the leg and into the low back.
For many, getting the pain to move up from the leg to the low back is a true cure for sciatica; accomplished by getting into a backwards bending position, called extension exercises or press-ups.
The low back is gently placed into extension by lying on the stomach (prone position) and propping the upper body up on the elbows, keeping hips on the floor This should be started slowly, since some patients cannot tolerate this position at first.
Hold the press-up position initially for five seconds, and gradually work up to 30 seconds per repetition. Aim to complete 10 repetitions.
After practicing this cure for sciatica exercise, your chiropractor may recommend a more advanced form of the extension:
From the prone position (lying flat on the stomach), press up on the hands while the pelvis remains in contact with the floor. Keep the lower back and buttocks relaxed for a gentle stretch.
This position is typically held for 1 second, repeated 10 times.
For many people with herniated discs, extension exercises that arch the spine backward rather than flex it forward will provide more relief
If you are unable to lie flat, a similar exercise can be done standing by arching backward slowly with hands on hips. However, the position described above is usually better.
These extension exercises are done regularly, about every two hours. More importantly, your chiropractor may recommend that the patient with this condition avoid getting into a “bent over” position. This tends to counteract the effects of the extension exercises. The specialist may ask the patient to correct any forward flexed positions immediately by doing an extension exercise.
As your pain gradually works it’s way out of the lower leg and into the low back, the chiropractic exercises advance to strengthen the low back and abdominal muscles to prevent recurrences of sciatic pain. This is your cure for sciatica!
If you are looking for a cure for sciatica, seek chiropractic help immediately! If you live in the Mesa AZ area, call us at Lee Family Chiropractic and begin feeling better today.
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