4 tips to do right now to stop Sciatic Pain from interfering with Exercise and Work.
The most common thing that we discuss at HealthStrong of the 1000’s of patients we see each moth, is that the pain they are having, like leg pain, lower back pain, sciatic nerve pain, and leg numbness and tingling, is not just annoying, but at times, it’s getting in the way or stopping certain activities. Things like exercise, work, enjoying time with family. I am constantly making videos, examples of encouragement to get out and enjoy life, and let people know that we are here to help them do it. But at times, it’s not enough!
So here are 4 of the TOP things I would recommend to start the process of getting out of your painful day to day, and back into your life!
1.) Stop thinking about it and just do it. Yup the longer you wait the worse it’s getting. On a daily basis I go over a patients X Rays and Exam with them, and make recommendations on what it will take to correct tteh problem and get them back into the gym, loosing weight, and enjoying life. I’m shocked at just how many people have to think about it. What is there to think about? Sure there is some cost involved but we offer payments. Sure there is some time involved, but 20 minutes a couple days a week is slim compared to the amount of time that most have been suffering. So think of it like this, for each day you wait, is a day longer it will take for you to heal. BAM!!
2.) Every pound extra on your body, is 10 pounds extra on your spine.
Yeah, it’s just simple gravity. The extra pressure on your spine, on the discs and on possibly on the nerves if they are already being pinched or compromised makes your original problem even worse, and it will take even longer for it to heal. Even if weight loss is not your goal, just get started!
3.) Start the Habit of stretching every night, not in the morning.
So in the morning your body is just getting started, and it seems to be the most popular time for most people to stretch. But it’s not ideal. The best time is at night, right before you head off to sleep. Why? Well if you stretch before laying down to rest, it helps to keep your body in the elongated , stretched state instead of stretching and heading out to your stressful work day. And remember, let your body get used to the stretch and don’t force it. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds to a minute.
4.) Sit with your feet flat on the floor.
I”m still amazed at times that so many people sit in chairs at work, and at home that are way too high. Their feet barely touch the ground, and they are putting abnormal pressure on certain areas of their spine that are not ideal. When you sit for longer than 15 minutes, make sure your feet are flat on the floor, and the thigh area is parallel with the floor. This makes a huge difference!
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