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Posted on 12-10-2016
Sciatica Pain Management from Your Chiropractor Serving Bangor and Brewer
Sciatic nerve pain radiates into your legs and buttocks due to pinched nerves in your lower back. Sciatica is often a classic symptom of spinal nerves being pinched outside or inside of your spinal canal. Herniated discs, piriformis syndrome, spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis are the most common reasons for sciatica.
Preventing and Managing Sciatica Pain
At-home sciatica treatment offers only temporary relief for sciatic nerve pain, since these treatments do not address the cause of pain. Some ways to reduce leg pain attributed to pinched nerves include:
Applying ice packs or heating pads to your lower back, buttocks or backs of the thighs may provide some relief. However, since pinched nerves are embedded deep within your lower back and buttocks, heating or cooling skin won't alleviate deep inflammation.
Taking NSAIDS or prescription muscle relaxants may ease discomfort but you can't keep taking these medications indefinitely. They can cause long-term side effects harmful to your health.
Although receiving steroid injections several times a year into your lower back may prevent or reduce inflammation and pain, this type of sciatica treatment should be used cautiously. Continuous use of steroids is known to cause loss of bone density, increase risk of chronic infections and promote development of gastrointestinal ulcers.
Safe and Effective Sciatica Treatment with Chiropractic Care, Massage, and Acupuncture
To remove pressure on a pinched sciatic nerve, your chiropractor in Bangor and Brewer offers holistic pain relief with adjustments, therapeutic massage and evidence-based acupuncture.
Therapeutic massage techniques such as deep tissue, sports and myofascial massage for sciatica not only encourages release of endorphins for natural pain relief but manually exercises muscles and ligaments to enhance cell metabolism and the generation of new cells within inflamed tissues.
Acupuncture also eases sciatic nerve pain as well as other health issues caused by disruption of the body's natural flow of energy. By releasing your body's natural pain-killing hormones, particularly endorphins and serotonin, through the insertion of tiny needles at certain points on your body, your chiropractor in Bangor and Brewer can can help you manage sciatica pain without medications or surgery.
Call us today to make an appointment for holistic sciatica treatment: 207-947-8077.
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