Back pain combined with sciatica is the number one cause of temporary disability worldwide. The spine is a complex interconnected system that supports the entire body. Being overweight does not help. Losing weight can help relieve sciatica and prevent future episodes. It can be done through chiropractic health coaching. According to research, overweight individuals have a higher risk of developing sciatica. The more weight the body carries, the more stress is placed on the spine and joints, which can irritate/inflame the sciatic nerve.
To understand how sciatica is affected by the body’s weight, one needs to understand how it works. A breakdown of the causes and symptoms.
Being overweight can indirectly cause sciatica. When the body has to support added/extra weight, it can cause problems. That extra weight also stresses the joints, especially those in the spine. The lower back takes most of the force from this stress, which is how sciatica develops. The stress slowly pulls the spine out of alignment and compresses the discs between the vertebrae, which then compresses the sciatic nerve, causing pain and discomfort.
Keep in mind that weight loss is not a cure for sciatica. Weight loss will surely help relieve sciatica pain, but other issues at work are combined with excess weight and are causing sciatica. Weight loss is only a step in the right direction. The most recommended and effective ways to lose weight and relieve sciatica pain are having a healthy diet, exercise, and chiropractic health coaching. Other things that can be done to relieve sciatic nerve pain include:
Regular exercise will help reduce the symptoms and strengthen the body’s core and leg muscles. There are a variety of things that make sciatica worse like:
Exercise is the best antidote to sitting too much and living sedentary. Exercising with sciatica does not mean a full gym routine but doing the right exercises that will not worsen the condition. The important thing is staying active. Avoiding exercise will only make sciatica worse. For example, yoga is great for sciatica and health in general. A 30-minute session of yoga 3 times a week combined with another form of exercise twice a week can produce optimal results.
Weight training will work with sciatica with certain adjustments and avoiding specific exercises that can cause pain and should be discussed with a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist, depending on the individual’s sciatic condition.
This includes improving posture, workstation setup, adjusting sitting routines, and limiting activities that cause back pain/sciatica.
The full-body approach outlined is how chiropractic treats sciatica. Chiropractic can quickly relieve pain with massage, spinal adjustments, and physical therapies. This is why chiropractic health coaching is ideal for those who have difficulty making nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes on their own. Numerous studies show that chiropractic promotes weight loss, reduced pain, improved posture, and increased well-being. And it is done in a safe, non-invasive, medication-free way.
When eating out, there is a tendency to consume excess empty calories and increase fat storage. This is why preparing food is so important. It gives the individual direct control over what is being consumed and allows trying out different dietary approaches to see which one works best for improving body composition and gut health. Even for those that don’t enjoy cooking, consult a chiropractic health coach to see what options are available.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (2020.) “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.” www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet
North American Spine Society. (2012.) “Clinical Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation with Radiculopathy.” www.spine.org/Portals/0/assets/downloads/ResearchClinicalCare/Guidelines/LumbarDiscHerniation.pdf
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