How Your Weight Affects Your Sciatica Pain

Chronic sciatica pain can take away your enjoyment of life and your usual activities. At DMC Healthcare, Bryan Weddle, DC, offers comprehensive care for sciatica pain and ensures you have the resources to implement changes in your life that complement the chiropractic services you receive.

One of the biggest factors in the development of sciatica pain is also incredibly important for finding relief of your chronic pain. Your weight plays a significant role in the condition of sciatica.

Why you have sciatica-related pain

Sciatica is a condition that develops when the nerve in your lower back is irritated or inflamed. This nerve, known as the sciatic nerve, runs from your lower back in through your buttocks and travels into your legs and feet.

When this nerve is compressed, you can experience sudden jolts of pain, as well as weakness and numbness in your legs. This pressure is often the result of underlying medical conditions like:

However, pressure from being overweight can also increase the likelihood you’ll develop sciatica pain, as well as the spinal conditions that eventually contribute to sciatica.

Being overweight or obese places unnecessary pressure on all structures of your body. In addition to irritating your sciatic nerve, this excess pressure can also affect the long-term health of your joints, muscles, tissues, and other nerves.

Chiropractic options for managing sciatica pain

Unfortunately, by the time you develop sciatica pain, it may be too difficult for you to stay physically active and engage in exercises that help you lose weight.

In this situation, Dr. Weddle can use special chiropractic techniques to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve due to existing spinal issues. Some techniques include electromyostimulation that relaxes muscles and eases spasms that put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Manual chiropractic adjustments can also be beneficial for realigning the spine and releasing pressure on the nerves in your lower back. Dr. Weddle uses lumbar disc decompression techniques to provide you with long-term relief of chronic sciatica pain.

The lifestyle changes you should make to prevent sciatic pain

Once you receive your chiropractic adjustments, it’s important you also make necessary changes to your life and diet to support healthy weight loss.

As pain is reduced following your treatment, you should start incorporating more physical activity into your daily schedule. Even a 30-minute walk every day can go a long way to helping you achieve a healthy weight. Dr. Weddle can also recommend other low-impact exercises to improve your physical fitness without further irritating your sciatic nerve.

What goes into your body is just as important. Adopting a healthy eating plan that’s low in fat and calories is a great way to shed excess weight and improve your overall health. Eating more fresh vegetables and fruits and limiting processed foods is a great way to maintain your weight loss success and reduce the frequency and severity of chronic sciatica pain, joint pain, and a variety of other chronic conditions impacted by obesity.

If you’re looking for solutions for chronic low back pain from sciatica, call DMC Healthcare today or request an appointment online now. 

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