We have discussed sciatica in our blogs before, but for those who don’t know…. Sciatica refers to tingling, numbness, pain, or weakness originating in your lower back, traveling along your sciatic nerve.
Each patient’s treatment plan is different, and there is no single treatment that helps all people, but these two things can ease your sciatica symptoms:
- Exercise: When you sciatica pain hits, you probably retreat and rest until the symptoms go away. This can last for very long periods of time, and when you find yourself resting for more than 24 to 48 hours, it can make your symptoms worse. Even a mild exercise plan can help you avoid worsening symptoms due to disuse.
- Use heat therapy: This can help you in a variety of ways. First, it causes dilation of your blood vessels, encouraging a healing process through an increased flow of nutrients and oxygen. It also stretches out your soft tissue, helping to relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Lastly, it provides stimulation of sensory receptors, allowing your brain to focus on your sciatica pain. There are many options for heat therapy, and your trusted chiropractor in Vancouver WA can help you choose the right one.
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