SCIATICA

Wednesday 3/9/16

SCIATICA…it seems like everyone has this condition. 

Sciatica is a general term used to explain a set of symptoms around the sciatic nerve. Technically, it refers to pain caused by compression or irritation of one or more nerves exiting the lower spine that make up the sciatic nerve.  The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back through the back of each leg, and branches off to parts of the leg and to the foot and toes. Sciatic pain can be experienced anywhere along this nerve route, from the low back, the buttock, the back of the thigh, the calf, the foot or the toes.  There are a number of conditions that can cause sciatica…some of which are:

Spondolythesis

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Piriformis Syndrome

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar Herniated Disk

Eighty percent of Americans suffer with back pain.  I myself have suffered with back pain since high school.  I was diagnosed with “spondy” when I was 18.  Back then in the 70’s the doctor told my mother on day I would have to have surgery.  Of course, at 18 you think “one day” is a long time off.

It is my belief to battle the above mentioned conditions one has to maintain a daily healthy lifestyle. 

First, exercise is a must.  I know it seems like if you exercise your back will go out, but movement is the number one thing we must do.  To be effective, the sciatica exercises recommended for specific conditions must be done regularly (typically two times daily), and they must be done using the right form. Close attention to posture and body mechanics is the key to both getting the maximum benefit from the exercises and preventing further injury or pain.  

Secondly, nutrition.  Eating a more plant based diet to help keep our weight down and giving our body the best nutrients possible in order to have energy.  Obesity, compresses our spine and discs causes back pain and poor posture.  

Thirdly, have more body work.  Have a monthly chiropractic adjustment and massage scheduled.  I don’t care how healthy you are…life is life!  Life can be thought on us…schedule that massage to work on soft tissue.  Our muscles need to be worked on….kneeded, oxygenated, stretched, released and relaxed.

Chiropractic adjustments are needed…our bones move out of alignment from poor posture, poor habits, repeated patterns, sports, injuries.  Adjustments help line the bones up so they work more optimally.

No one has perfect posture, no one has perfect movement all the time, everyone expierences life daily.  The goal is to practice healthy habits daily…to be a pain free as possible.  

I still have my back issues….

But, they are managed thru exercise, Foundation Training, healthy diet and body work.

No pills, bed rest or excuses for me.  Back pain is real! Life can be tough at times!  We all have choices….

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