What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica can be recognized by the pain that starts from the lower back and runs down the leg. In most cases, the medical condition affects a single leg, but it is not unknown for its symptom to appear in both legs at the same time. Depending on the exact cause of the sciatica, the leg pain can be accompanied by lower back pain as well as both numbness and the weakness in the affected leg.
Most of the time, sciatica is caused by a spinal disc herniation pressing upon the roots of either the lumbar or the sacral nerves. However, there are other potential causes, with examples ranging from tumors to the spinal abnormalities that can develop as a result of degeneration or advancing age. However, pregnancy has another more common cause. baby positioning where the head or rear is compressing the sciatic nerve, or the spinal structural changes that happen as a result of ligaments being stretched can cause sciatic pain.
What Can Pregnant Women Do About Sciatica?
Fortunately, there are a number of things that pregnant women can do about their sciatica:
- Sitting for prolonged periods of time increase their chances of developing sciatica because it puts enormous pressure on both your back muscles and spinal discs. This is all the worse when you sit in a hunched position with their shoulders forward because this puts even more pressure on their back with all the associated consequences thereof.
- Good posture is critical for ensuring that stress is distributed throughout the human body instead of concentrated in certain points such as the lower back. For example, a good sitting posture means sitting with the feet flat on the floor, the shoulders over the hips, and the chin aligned with the chest. Furthermore, a good standing posture means standing with the feet at shoulder width, the shoulders squared, and the head back and out.
- Regular exercise plus stretches can help pregnant women keep their lower backs in excellent condition. Lunges, crunches, and tiger push-ups are but some of the options available to interested individuals, but they should make sure to seek out professional advice in order to make sure that their exercise routine is right for their needs and desires.
Finally, it is important to note that pregnant women can seek out a skilled and experienced chiropractor such as Dr. Tompkins, who can provide them with effective and efficient treatment via safe and gentle techniques. By doing so, they can be sure of getting relief from their symptoms as soon as possible instead of having to put up with sciatica for a short period of time. For proof of Dr. Tompkins’ ability to help, look no further than the long string of satisfied patients over the years.
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