Over the past couple of weeks Sciatica has been our hot topic. We discussed what the common causes are structurally and also what you can do at home to help the healing process. However, if sciatic pain was something a simple fix at home could cure, you would already have the pain resolved! But unfortunately it takes a little more than a few stretches to permanently solve the dysfunction. Lucky for you, Dr. Hester and I thoroughly understand the condition and have a tool box full of treatments to address the issue. We also provide several different services in the office to assist our care to make sure you and your body are getting exactly what you need. Here are the 3 most common therapies we use for sciatica:
Yoga. We have a truly exceptional yoga program here at Back to Health of Anthem and we owe that to our blessing of a yoga instructor, Tracy. She is beyond knowledgeable in not only yoga but the body as a whole and the energy it brings. We firmly believe yoga should be a regular activity in everyone’s lives. We carry so much stress and tension whether we realize it or not, and that all gets stored in our muscles. Yoga is a way to release it while also gaining flexibility and mental de-stressing as well. There are several different yoga poses you hold in each class that specifically target those usual sciatica causing muscles so this is not only helpful in relieving sciatica but also helps in preventing it too!
Massage. Now when we utilize massage therapy as a treatment for specific musculoskeletal conditions, you can totally forget the typical spa like image you commonly associate with massage. Although a relaxing technique is useful in certain circumstances, when it comes to sciatica, it won’t do much for you. Our massage therapists are skillfully trained on specific techniques that focus on individual muscles and the hypertonic (too tight) state they are in. Many times, this will include some deep breathing because I can promise you, if those muscles are so tight they are causing sciatica, they are not going to be happy initially when the therapist starts to work through them. But pain is gain in this situation because the effects are completely worth it.
Adjustments. This is the only thing that is going to induce motion into those bones in your lower back and pelvis that are not currently moving. Proper biomechanics of your structure is the foundation for the entire process therefore it is the most important. This is why we choose to take motion study x-rays in our office. We want to examine exactly which vertebra are moving incorrectly so we know where to target. This makes our adjusting much more specific and successful with our sciatica patients.
Sciatic pain can be a complex condition that requires consistent and diverse treatment to truly solve the underlying cause. If you or someone you know is living with sciatica flare ups and not getting the proper treatment, schedule an appointment today! 623.551.6677. The longer you let that nerve continue to be agitated and compressed, the longer it will take to heal, and further, more permanent damage will be caused.
Dr. Courtney Knight is a recent Doctor of Chiropractic graduate of National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, Florida and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2013. Go Blue! Dr. Knight was born and raised in a small town in southwest Michigan where her sense of community and wellness drove her to pursue a career in the holistic health field. She saw the inconsistency in what society was being told was "healthy" and desired the research on how to truly correct one's diet to fuel their body rather than feed cravings. Dr. Knight focused her studies on the anti-inflammatory diet, discovering that our bodies are in a state of chronic inflammation due to the food we are eating which in turn, is the underlying cause of so many diseases plaguing our world today.... see more
Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
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