• Lifestyle Tips to Avoid Sciatica Pain

    by Dr. Joe Kielur
    on Apr 20th, 2018

Living with the pain of sciatica can make even the slightest movements difficult and interfere with your quality of life. At Mass Avenue Chiropractic, Dr. Joseph Kielur offers a variety of effective treatments to reduce the strain on your lower back and prevent the pain of sciatica from disrupting your life.

In addition to professional chiropractic treatments, Dr. Kielur also provides the following lifestyle tips to help you avoid sciatica pain:

Stay out of bed

While you might be tempted to lie in bed to reduce the pain in your lower back, you may actually be doing yourself a disservice. Prolonged bed rest can actually weaken your back muscles and cause additional injuries. It’s better to stay on your feet and monitor your movements during your usual activities.

Do your exercises

Physical activity is good for your back. Even 30 minutes of walking outside or on a treadmill each day can help relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve, while keeping you physically fit. Low-impact aerobics are another way to get your heart rate up without hurting your back. Or try swimming or biking to help you keep your muscles strong and manage your stress.

Manage your weight

While physical exercise is helpful for taking pressure off your sciatic nerve and strengthening your back muscles, regular exercise is also necessary to maintain a healthy weight. Carrying excess weight on your frame can have a serious impact on your level of sciatica pain. With an exercise plan and a good diet, you can effectively manage your weight and improve your overall health.

Quit smoking

Smoking cigarettes has been shown to contribute to the deterioration of the spinal discs. It can also contribute to repeated back injuries caused by episodes of coughing. To keep your spine in optimal condition, quit smoking now. In addition to keeping your back healthy, you can also enjoy the many other benefits a smoke-free life brings.

Take breaks

If you work at a job or do activities that require a lot of standing or sitting for long periods, get up and move around every hour. Short walks around the office or outside can relieve some of the pressure on the nerves in your lower back. When standing, try to take breaks where you can sit for a few minutes.

Prepare your space

When you have to sit or stand for a while, be prepared to ease the load on your back beforehand. Request a lumbar-supportive chair or add a supportive cushion to your sitting area. If you stand for long periods, invest in a pair of high-quality shoes that offer back support and avoid wearing high-heeled shoes.

Avoid heavy lifting

If you suffer from chronic sciatica pain, you may not be able to continue in a job where heavy lifting is required. Dr. Kielur can work with you to find alternative job duties that won’t put your back at risk for repeated injury.

When you must lift a heavy object, make sure you’re using the proper lifting methods. Use your knees for leverage instead of placing the heavy load on your back. And ask for help from others or use equipment to help you lift and move heavy objects like furniture.

If you have children, be careful about how you pick them up. Have your child stand on a chair to avoid bending and twisting your lower back.

Pay attention to posture

If you constantly slouch when you sit or stoop when you walk, you may be placing unnecessary pressure on your lower back. Be mindful of your posture at all times. You can even try a training brace to help you achieve better posture.

Making these changes to your lifestyle can go a long way toward preventing sciatica pain. With these tips and Dr. Kielur’s professional chiropractic services, you can live a healthier, pain-free life.

Author Dr. Joe Kielur Dr. Joe is the leading Chiropractor at Mass Ave Chiropractic. He founded Mass Ave Chiro over 16 years ago, and has been happily treating patients ever since.

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