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August 7, 2018

 

Improving Sciatica with Physical Therapy

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from sciatica, physical therapy can help you manage your symptoms. With regular movement and targeted therapeutic exercises, patients are less likely to experience pain on a day-to-day basis. The experts at Haven Physical Therapy are here to assist all patients who are suffering from sciatica. Read on for more information about sciatica and what Haven can do to help.
 

What is Sciatica? 
Sciatica is a medical term used to describe symptoms of leg pain, including tingling, numbness, or weakness in one or both legs. Sciatic pain usually starts in the lower back or hip area and works it way down the leg, resulting in persistent and unpleasant symptoms for patients. Sciatica is not a specific medical diagnosis, rather, it is a term for a collection of symptoms of another underlying condition. Possible underlying conditions may include a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, among other possible diagnoses.
 

How Can Physical Therapy Help? 
Surgery is generally not the first choice for treating patients who experience sciatica. Physical Therapy is an excellent first step for those who suffer from sciatic pain. Your physical therapist will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to address the discomfort that you may be experiencing. Strengthening exercises, stretching, and aerobic exercise are key elements for feeling better, but your plan may also include acupuncture, massage therapy, hot and cold treatments, or other strategies that are specially selected to improve your wellbeing. With a good plan, physical therapy can relieve the symptoms of sciatica and prevent them from returning in the future.
 

What Exercises are Involved? 
The exercises that will be a part of your plan will be carefully selected for you by your team at Haven Physical Therapy, so each exercise will be comfortable and beneficial for your unique situation. 

Strengthening Exercises for Sciatica will help to build strength and resilience in the muscles of the lower back, hips and legs. Abdominal strengthening exercises are a very good way to stabilize the lower back and hip area, improving the underlying problems that cause sciatica.

 

Stretching for Sciatica improves your range of motion by working out muscle tightness in affected areas. Reducing muscle tension and sensitivity in the lower back with basic stretching exercises can help to stop sciatica where it starts, so you have fewer instances of pain. 

 

Aerobic Exercises for Sciatica improve blood flow in targeted areas and throughout the body, reducing tension and inflammation that cause sciatic pain.  Aerobic exercise also releases endorphins, a natural painkiller produced by your body to reduce your pain and improve your mood.
 

Do You Need Physical Therapy? 
If you are experiencing sciatica pain, or you have other concerns about aches and pains, speak to the experienced professionals at Haven Physical Therapy.  We will work to understand your symptoms, identify underlying causes, and develop a personalized physical therapy plan that will help you feel better.  Haven Healthcare offers excellent physical therapy services, as well as a range of healthcare services for seniors, so contact us today to see how we can help! Contact us at (417) 731-7094 to learn more.

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