Ways To Avoid Sciatica

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks and all the way down both legs and ends at your feet. When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, it can cause pain or numbness. There may even be a tingling sensation that radiates from your lower back that travels down your leg to your foot and toes. Some people experience weakness in their calf muscles and in the muscles that move their foot and ankle. Sneezing, coughing or sitting for long periods of time can make matters worse and even unbearable to tolerate.

The pain usually affects the buttocks and legs much more than it does the back yet the ‘hunched over’ stance is very common for people suffering from sciatica. Your chiropractor has very effective treatments for sciatica pain. Early treatment can prevent long-term effects.

There are proper techniques for doing very basic things such as sitting for long periods and for lifting objects that can help prevent recurrence.  Being mindful of sleeping positions and posture throughout the day is also important. Remember that stretching is always a good idea before and after workouts and for keeping the body limber!

Preventing Sciatica

You can minimize your risk of sciatica with good posture, good lifting habits and incorporating exercise and stretching into your daily routines. Simply being aware of sitting properly and to always bend at the knees when lifting can prevent sciatica, too.

Correct sitting position:

Correct lifting position:

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