Are You Suffering From Sciatica Pain? Here's How You Can Find Relief

Suffering From Sciatica Pain

The largest nerve in your body, the sciatic nerve, starts at your lower back, travels through your pelvis, and into your thigh, calf, foot, and toes. If this nerve gets pinched, from a tight piriformis muscle or compression in your vertebrae, you can experience uncomfortable symptoms. They can range in intensity from mild to so severe you can barely move.

Symptoms of sciatica include:

If you have mild symptoms of sciatica, you can find relief with some simple lifestyle strategies. But you may be best off seeking treatment from the chiropractic team here at Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center. We can offer you decompression treatment and spinal manipulations to optimize your spine’s alignment, plus laser therapy and acupuncture for long-term relief.

At-home solutions

If you have sciatica symptoms that are mildly annoying and intermittent, you may try light stretches to help relieve your pain. We can show you some that are doable just about anywhere. The exercises relax tight muscles around your spine.

You may also get relief from applying a heating pad. Place it on your lower back at medium heat for about 20 minutes to help manage pain.

A healthy, nutrient-rich diet helps combat inflammation that aggravates sciatic pain. Regular exercise and quitting smoking also contribute to a better overall quality of life and keep sciatica symptoms to a minimum.

Chiropractic care

At Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we offer chiropractic care to help relieve muscle tension in sensitive areas. We also use spinal manipulation and decompression treatment to realign your spine, reducing impingement of the nerve and the resulting irritation.

Chiropractic care is especially helpful when your sciatica is the result of bulging or herniated discs.

In addition to stretching exercises, you may receive physical therapy to promote muscle balance and physical conditioning to prevent sciatic pain from returning.

Complementary therapies

Acupuncture is one complementary therapy that can help relieve sciatic pain. It can’t correct the structural issues causing your sciatica, but it can do a lot to reduce the severity of symptoms. Acupuncture helps your body produce natural painkillers in the form of endorphins and enkephalins, increase blood flow to the painful area, and relax surrounding muscles.

We may also recommend cold laser therapy (also known as low-level laser therapy) to help accelerate healing. Special light therapy passes through the outer layers of your skin to target the inflammation beneath. Cold laser therapy treatment can help eliminate pain, reduce spasms, increase your function, and minimize swelling due to sciatica.

Acupuncture and cold laser therapy don’t replace chiropractic care for sciatica pain — they add another layer of treatment to help you find relief quicker.

If you suffer from the tingling, radiating pain of sciatica, don’t just suffer. Seek treatment from our expert staff, led by Dr. Stephen Jochen. Call our Beverly Hills office or book an appointment through this website.

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