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Chiropractor at Prime Health + Wellness Providing Specialized Care for Sciatica

Chiropractic is a therapy that can help those who suffer from sciatica. Sciatica refers to the irritation or compression of the spinal nerve roots in your low back that runs down each leg, ultimately connecting to your feet. It often occurs when there’s weakness in muscles supporting the spine. And it may be brought on by an injury or activity like lifting something heavy. 

The chiropractors at Prime Health + Wellness are experts at diagnosing and treating any underlying causes of sciatica. Dr. Zachary Langgle is the head chiropractor at Prime Health + Wellness. We incorporate several interventions for holistic chiropractic care.

What is Sciatica?

Illustration of Sciatica Condition Showing Nerve Compression in Lower Back Leading to Leg Pain

Sciatica is a common ailment that comes from the irritation of a sciatic nerve. The pain can range in severity. It may be caused by anything ranging from minor to major sources of discomfort. Sciatic pain usually occurs when there has been an increased compression on the lower spine. These likely cause symptoms, such as numbness or tingling sensations due to the tight compression of sciatic nerves against each other.

There are many misconceptions about the term sciatica and its relation to general back pain. In reality, sciatica is not just limited to one's lower back. It extends through both legs as well. The longest nerve in your body runs from the spine down each leg until it ends below your knee joint. Anyone who experiences any sort of injury or inflammation on this nerve will experience significant discomfort throughout their entire limb.

To diagnose the root of your sciatic pain, it is important to figure out which limbs are affected. Our chiropractic treatment focuses on correcting misaligned joints in both spine and other areas that may be contributing to improper alignment. Dr. Langgle conducts a comprehensive medical assessment and may require physical examinations. Then, he identifies the causes of the pain and determines the non-surgical intervention for you.

The symptoms of sciatica can be difficult to diagnose, and this is because there are many different types. One type has a more sudden onset which includes intense pain that makes it hard for someone to stand up or sit down without being in severe discomfort. The other factors involve the gradual onset where people experience throbbing sensations on one side of their lower back and increased mobility when they're sitting down but not standing up.

Chiropractic Adjustments and Sciatica

Chiropractic Treatment Focused on Sciatica Relief, with Chiropractor Adjusting Lower Back

Spinal adjustment is a specialized skill practiced by chiropractors. While techniques vary, the goal of spinal manipulation is to restore the misaligned vertebrae in your spine and return you to normal alignment as quickly as possible. In most cases of Prime Health + Wellness, chiropractic adjustments helped patients to address sciatic nerve pain.

Some of our patients experienced quick and effective relief of their sciatic pain when they receive adjustments for the spine. However, it is important to continue getting routine treatments until your body has settled into proper alignment. Continuous treatment lessens muscle contractions which may be hindering recovery from this condition. Practices such as deep tissue massage therapy or acupuncture can help expedite this process by promoting muscle relaxation and lessening a reflexive response that might contribute to any further injury during active movement.

Other Treatments for Sciatica by Prime Health + Wellness

Heat and Cold Therapy

Illustration of Heat and Cold Therapy Application on Body for Pain Relief and Inflammation Reduction

If you are suffering from sciatica and want to avoid medication, hot and cold pain relief therapy might be the treatment approach taken by chiropractors.

Chiropractic Exercises

Diverse Range of Chiropractic Exercises Demonstrated for Spinal Health and Posture Improvement

Dr. Langgle knows the best exercises for recovering from sciatica and strengthening your spine. Our chiropractors will diagnose you to see the condition before they start any treatment. Upon diagnosis, exercise routines might be a practical option to relieve sciatic pain. A proper stretching routine lessens the pressure on spinal discs to improve mobility. Besides, exercises are great natural ways to increase endorphins and activate our body’s own natural pain reliever system.

Counseling

Counseling Session in Progress with Counselor and Client in a Comfortable, Supportive Environment

Poor postural habits, workplace practices, and strain on the back can often instigate back pain. In some cases, they can even impact your sciatic nerve. Dr. Langgle will help you develop healthy habits that look after your body to prevent future injury or unnecessary pain, too.

Get To Know Dr. Langgle

Dr. Langgle graduated from Palmer College. He believes in holistic care and wants his patients to feel great. He also leads them to a healthier life through chiropractic care and promoting lifestyle changes.

Health and Wellness Center Focused on Personalized Exercise Programs for Optimal Health

At Prime Health & Wellness Center, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals. We provide chiropractic care and individualized exercise programs for your back.

The core of the body is one of the most vital components in maintaining good health. Strengthening your core will help you to avoid injury and improve your posture and range of motion. Core exercises are also a great way to burn calories and lose weight. The post outlines effective exercises that anyone can do, plus includes tips on how to get started with this new routine.

At Prime Health + Wellness, we’ll help you get the best results with our care! We find that patients commit themselves to get better and achieve their goals.

Why Do We Need Core Exercises?

HEALTHY BACK

Low back pain is one of the most debilitating aches that you can suffer from.  Exercises are proven to help prevent low back pain before it even starts. When a person does experience lower back problems, they should do core strengthening workouts as part of their treatment regimen with professional guidance. Dr. Zachary Langgle of Prime Health + Wellness has expertise in providing exercise routines.

BALANCE AND STABILITY

Your core is what makes sure you can stand up straight, walk on uneven ground, and not lose balance. Your core stabilizes all of your movements. Viewed this way, your exercise routine strengthens the muscles to facilitate their full function.

GOOD POSTURE

Weak core muscles contribute to slouching. Good posture trims your silhouette and projects confidence, which will help you have a better mood overall. It lessens spine complications and allows full breathing patterns. Besides, good posture can make exercising more beneficial for our bodies. 

Relationship of Exercises in Chiropractic Care

Exercise is an excellent way to heal your back and relieve pain. You should start with controlled, gradual exercises tailored for you that don't put too much pressure on the spine. Resting in bed or stopping strenuous activity can make things worse. Both of them disrupt proper healing.

An excellent routine of back exercises should be personalized.Exercise routines are of high importance as other health interventions. Dr. Zachary Langgle can customize exercise based on a variety of factors with different results for each individual.

The Best and Effective Exercises

Your core muscles support the spine to prevent injuries. Without a stable core, you may experience low back pain. This is preventable through proper core exercises. The following are some easy exercises recommended by Dr. Langgle:

FOREARM PLANK

Forearm Plank focuses on the rectus abdominis, internal, and external obliques. Simply put, the front and side abdominal muscles.

Start by lying face down on the ground with your legs straight behind you. Prop yourself up with your elbows and toes. Both of these fingers are in contact with the ground as well. This will help to give some support when it starts getting difficult. Keep your neck long, and remember not to slouch or over-extend. Hold for 60 seconds if you can sustain the plank. You can always increase the duration by 10 secs every few days until you reach a comfortable level.

SIDE PLANK

This plank exercise emphasizes the obliques. For beginners, use bent legs. Once you have mastered the side plank, you can proceed to use straight legs. It provides an emphasis on oblique muscles, but it may be too difficult for some.

Lay on the ground and then prop yourself up with an elbow, keeping a straight line from head to toe. Bend your knees so that they are behind you and hold this position off the floor for 20-30 seconds before switching sides three times in total.

BIRD DOG

Begin by kneeling on your hands and knees with your palms under shoulder-width apart. Squeeze the abdominal muscles to support the back, then tighten all of those gluteal muscle groups to keep balance while lifting both arms beside one's shoulders. Simultaneously lift both legs. They must be parallel from ground level and keep the hips square at a 90-degree angle when doing this exercise. Try to repeat the bird dog eight times in three rounds before resting briefly. 

Dr. Zachary Langgle provided practical and easy-to-follow exercises. Despite being effective, some of the exercises might not be the best routine to address your condition. To experience a more comfortable and healthy core muscle, consult with Dr. Langgle at Prime Health + Wellness for the safest and most appropriate exercise routine made just for you!