5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Sciatica

Sciatica describes persistent pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down through the buttock, and into the lower leg.  The Sciatic Nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body.  Sciatic pain usually develops as a result of general wear and tear and use of the lower spine, not as a result of injury.

Low pack pain imageThe 5 Best Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Sciatica are:

  1. Maintain proper posture:  People who have good posture allow their body to have proper nerve and blood flow, which can be impaired by prolonged poor posture.  Poor posture can cause aching, pain, and impaired nerve function over time.
  2. Exercise regularly:  The risk for sciatica decreases when the muscles and tissues of the body are strong and healthy.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet and weight:  I know, the last thing you want to hear.  But it is true!  The better you eat, the better the body works, and a proper weight puts less pressure on nerves and blood flow, which can directly affect sciatica.
  4. Use good body mechanics when lifting:  Injury is less common as a reason for developing sciatica, however, when injury is involved, poor lifting techniques are a common reason for the injury that leads to sciatica.
  5. Get regular chiropractic care:  Chiropractic adjustments offer a non-invasive, drug-free treatment option and preventive care for sciatica.  The goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore or maintain spinal movement, thereby improving function while decreasing any pain and inflammation.  Depending on the cause of the sciatica, your chiropractor may also use ice/heat therapy, TENS, ultrasound, and rehabilitation exercises in addition to chiropractic adjustments in your treatment.


While it is not always possible to prevent sciatica, these suggestions improve spinal health and overall health of the body.

The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and wellness care for sciatica and many other conditions.  We provide service to patients in West Jordan and the Salt Lake City Metro area.  Come experience the difference at The Institute!

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