For those that suffer from sciatic aggravation, sciatic flare-ups can be the most excruciating pain to experience. Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat sciatic pain using non-invasive techniques so as to ease the pain overtime. Dr. Justin Favreau of Stability Health Center recommends a variety of easy moves to alleviate the pain and pressure during a sciatic flare-up.
If you’re dealing with a flare up, one of the most common causes is: Piriformis Syndrome. This happens when the piriformis, a small muscle deep in your hips, becomes tight and compresses the sciatic nerve, often leading to burning pain and numbness on one side of your butt and down the back of your leg.
Remaining stagnant is the worst thing you could do when the pain starts to burn in your back, legs and hips. In order to alleviate immediate pain there are stretches you can do to loosen the tight muscles. Doing these stretches multiple times per week, either in the morning or in the evening, will slowly ease the intensity of the pain over time.
Reclined Pigeon Stretch
Start by lying down on your back. Bend your left leg and pull it into your chest with your left arm. Next, bend your right knee and place your right ankle onto the top of your left thigh. Extend your right arm through your thighs and clasp your hands behind your bent left thigh, stretching. Your hip flexor may feel really tight at first but if you breathe slowly and rock back and forth on your back then the tension will loosen.
This is a simple stretch that is great on your hips, back and for relieving sciatica pain. You can do lunge stretches at work, waiting for your morning coffee or right before you go to bed. To do this stretch, start by putting your body in a runner’s lunge position, with your right leg bent and your left leg out behind you, hands framing your front right leg. Making sure that your front right knee is directly over your ankle place your left knee on the ground with the top of your foot on the ground, extending the leg behind you. Placing your hands lightly on your hips, once you feel balanced raise your hips up and lean forward to feel the stretch in the left hip flexor.
Spinal decompression is an alternative way to release stress and tension in your back, which also plays a large role in sciatic pain. Bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, squeezed nerves, sciatica, and arm or leg pain is frequently caused by abnormal stress and pressure on your discs.
Dr. Favreau offers Spine Decompression Therapy to patients seeking treating beyond these exercises. It is a non-invasive and offers gentle decompression of the disc by using a computerized traction table.
In addition to treating patients with sciatica pain, Dr. Favreau is also certified in a well-regarded specialty known as Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB). Unlike regular chiropractic that mainly focus on immediate pain relief, CPB goes one step further to also correct the source of the problem. That’s why most patients under the care of a CBP chiropractor not only report relief from pain and discomfort, but as their posture begins to align, they notice other conditions clearing up as well.
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