Many people are seeking to find natural answers for sciatica and back pain instead of constantly taking medication. While medicine can help temporarily, the back pain is still lurking in the background, waiting until the medicine wears off, to show up again.
At Schrier Family Chiropractic, we strive to help patients by correcting the underlying cause of back pain. This is often a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. The body compensates for this problem by shifting the bones, muscles, and tissue of the neck and back, leading to lower back pain. By correcting this misalignment through a gentle method, many patients see a great improvement in symptoms.
One thing that a person can do at home if he or she is suffering from sciatica is to do some mild stretching exercises. Of course, it is a good idea to check with me before performing these exercises to make sure they are right for you.
Stretching Exercises for Back Pain
- Lie with one’s back on the floor with the affected leg crossed over the other leg at the knee, keeping both knees bent slightly. With a gentle pull, bring the lower knee towards the shoulder on the same side until a stretch is felt. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
- Lie on the back with the legs flat. Raise and bend the affected leg so that the foot of that leg is on the floor outside the other knee. Gently pull the knee of the bent leg across the middle of the body (using the hand or a towel) until the stretch is felt. Do not force the knee in any way. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
- Lie on the floor with the legs flat. Bring the affected leg towards the chest by holding the knee with the hand on the same side and grasping the ankle with the other hand. Using the ankle to lead, pull the knee to the opposite ankle until the stretch is felt. Do not force the ankle or knee. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
These stretches will reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve and increase blood flow, helping the body to heal. By doing these stretches in combination with seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, back pain should soon become a thing of the past.