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Exercises to Complement Chiropractic Treatment: Speed Up Your Sciatica Recovery

By September 19, 2023 sciatica
man treat lumbar disc. man lying on massage table while his physical therapist doing special exercises for physical therapy for sciatica and pinched nerve problems

Regular exercise is an important part of our chiropractic treatment strategy in Bentonville. Chiropractic exercises can help in many ways, alleviating severe pain caused by chronic conditions such as sciatica, or injuries. At Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center, our experienced chiropractors can create individualized treatment programs that include corrective exercises that can complement the treatment we provide and help speed up the recovery process.

Patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as sciatica, or patients recovering from an injury can benefit from exercises in many ways. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, however, exercise has been proven to help build core strength and strengthen muscle groups. Therapeutic exercises combined with chiropractic care can help alleviate your pain during the recovery process, improve mobility, and offer a wide range of other benefits.

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Treating Sciatica

People suffering from sciatica can benefit from chiropractic care and prescribed exercises in many ways. Light stretching and therapeutic exercise can relieve the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve, helping to alleviate symptoms. Unfortunately, bed rest can cause the muscle fibers to tighten further, worsening sciatica symptoms.

At Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center, our chiropractors can pinpoint the cause of your sciatic nerve pain and create a treatment plan that will help address it. This can provide immediate relief from pain and prevent sciatica flare-ups in the future.

What Issues Can Chiropractic Exercises Help With? 

Chiropractic exercises are geared toward creating normal biomechanics. This can mean increasing muscle tone, in addition to providing pain relief. Therapeutic exercises, using biomechanics and the knowledge of anatomy, can address the compensations the body makes as a result of an imbalance, to improve a patient’s quality of life while alleviating symptoms.

When done consistently, chiropractic exercises can help to:

  • Improve range of motion
  • Eliminate sciatica-related pain, including inflammatory pain 
  • Improve joint stability and function
  • Increase coordination
  • Minimize the risk of injuries
  • Improve flexibility

These exercises can ensure that the musculoskeletal system functions optimally.

The Benefits of At-Home Chiropractic Exercises 

Chiropractic exercises provide an additional way for patients to seek relief from this sort of pain and other common symptoms while speeding up the recovery process.

Other benefits of these prescribed exercises can include:

  • A faster recovery
  • Pain management
  • Strengthened bones
  • Strengthened muscles
  • Reduced soreness
  • Prevention of future injuries
  • Reduction in stress

Complementary At-Home Exercises 

Depending on the location of the pain and irritation, different exercises are utilized to target all the nerves that are associated with specific symptoms. For sciatic pain, there are a couple of key exercises that can help to improve comfort, while reducing pain during a flare-up.

Knee to chest: This stretch involves lying on the back with the legs extended. One leg is bent at the knee. Using the hands, the knee is gently pulled toward the chest while kept in line with the hip.

Seated sciatic nerve floss: This exercise is performed by sitting upright with the feet and knees shoulder-width apart. One leg is extended straight, with the foot flexed toward the body. The head is tilted backward. To release the exercise, the head is brought back down, with the chin toward the chest, and the leg brought back slightly past 90 degrees toward the buttocks.

Performing these effective exercises as often as prescribed by your chiropractor can help provide relief from sciatica symptoms while helping to speed up the recovery process. 

Active Release Techniques (ART)

Active release techniques (ART), is a type of therapy that involves manipulating the soft tissues, including the nerves, fascia, and muscles, to achieve a certain goal. With sciatica sufferers, active release techniques can be utilized to minimize spasms and remove adhesions of muscle that can entrap the nerve. Once the adhesions are removed, the nerve can slide better under soft tissues. This can help alleviate sciatica symptoms quickly. The ART chiropractors at our facility offer treatment that can minimize sciatica symptoms for a natural way to manage your pain. 

Contact Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center to Schedule an Appointment Today

If you’re suffering from sciatica pain, another type of chronic pain condition, or recovering from an injury, contact Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced, licensed chiropractors. At Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center, we can provide quality sciatica treatment and create an individualized chiropractic exercise plan to help ease your pain, improve flexibility, and speed up the recovery process. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr Ryan

Author Dr Ryan

Dr. Ryan Carlson is a leader within the chiropractic profession, as he teaches thousands of doctors on 4 continents every year how he is able to achieve such great results at Deep Roots Health Center. Originally studying to be a pharmacist, Dr. Carlson experienced firsthand the suffering that people go through when on the merry-go-round of Western Medicine, constantly being given another pill or surgery. In an effort to help fix our broken healthcare system, Dr. Carlson graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University and opened one of Northwest Arkansas’ only neurological-based chiropractic offices, focusing on specific and scientific adjustments to help the NWA community with their health. Before opening Deep Roots Health Center, Dr. Carlson was honored to be hand-selected for a position in Southern California at one of the busiest and most esteemed chiropractic health centers in the world. Here, he worked closely with several types of patients: corporate executives, moms and families, babies and children, seniors, and even numerous professional and Olympic athletes. Dr. Carlson not only holds a prized Advanced Proficiency certification within his neurological-based technique system, but also has completed a post-graduate course in auriculotherapy from the American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders in order to better serve those patients who struggle with different forms of addiction. Dr. Carlson is also a published author in an effort to better serve and teach other doctors all over the world how to provide exceptional care for their patients and communities.

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