Back & Neck Plus: Sciatica and Back Pain

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Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body STAND UP TO SCIATICA Feel Younger. Move Better. Get Stronger.

INSIDE: • Seek A Natural Treatment For Back Pain • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight • DAVID Spine Restoration Program

Do you experience pain in the buttock, leg, or even your foot? If so, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers. People frequently have questions about what sciatica is, why it occurs and how to find relief from the intense pain it can cause from the low back down to the feet. If you are suffering from sciatica, it is important to find its root cause. Many people often think an x-ray or expensive MRI is first needed to figure out what is causing pain. Having a lot of tests doesn’t mean you will find its root cause. Recent studies show that nearly 1 million of MRIs done for sciatica fail to find a treatable cause. With a new imaging technique called magnetic resonance neurography, 69% of the patients were found to have a trapped sciatic nerve deep in the buttock by a muscle called the piriformis. It is known that in about 25% of the general population, the sciatic nerve pierces through the piriformis muscle and can be susceptible to abnormal pressure and irritation.

Why Does Sciatica Occur? If there are changes in posture, muscle strength or pelvic alignment, the nerve can be compressed which leads to the quite common low back and sciatic nerve pains. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your body. It even reaches down to the foot and therefore, can be irritated anywhere along its path. With sciatica, the consequent ache can be felt anywhere from the base of the spine, the buttocks or the back of the thigh and legs. Even tingling sensations in the toes can be attributed at times to the impingement of the sciatic nerve. If you, or someone you care about, is suffering from back pain/sciatica give us a call today!

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Bad Habits Can Increase Your Pain Some seemingly harmless habits can also contribute to the irritation of the sciatic nerve. A frequent bad habit is crossing of the legs for extended periods, which puts pressure on the nerve. In addition, sitting for long periods is bad for your spine. It is possible for you to prevent or relieve sciatica simply by improving your posture. Physiotherapy Relieves Sciatica The specialists at Back & Neck Plus play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our physical therapists are medical experts with years of training to evaluate your back problem, finding the root cause of your sciatica. An individualized treatment plan is created to guide you through the recovery process and maximize your success using the EVE (Evaluated Exercise Professional). When coming to Back & Neck Plus, our friendly and knowledgeable therapists spend time with you. We train you on specific and easy exercises that will relieve the pain in your back and legs. In addition, our DAVID spine restoration program helps to gently loosen tight muscles and joints in your spine and legs. Your pain is relieved and your flexibility restored, so you can feel like yourself again. Our DAVID spine restoration treatments are doctor recommended and are specifically designed for you to reach your healthcare goals. Knowing all this should give you a head start in warding off painful sciatica. After all, it may be as simple as learning to stand tall.

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Exercise Essentials Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

INGREDIENTS • 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats • ½ cup of ground flax seed • 1 tablespoon of black chia seeds • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon • ½ cup of raw honey • ½ cup of peanut butter • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder • ½ cup of dark chocolate chips

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SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH Lie on your back and bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Keep your lower back pressed to the floor. Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times with each leg.

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Add rolled oats, ground flax seed, chia seeds, cinnamon, honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and vanilla protein powder to food processor. 2. Pulse until ingredients are blended (about 7-9 times). 3. Add mixture to a large bowl, add in chocolate chip. Stir to combine. 4. Form energy bite mixture into 1” balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. 5. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours. 6. Serve! Author: Krista@https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-energy-balls/

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Patient Success Spotlight

“This was my second bout with back pain, both treated at Back and Neck Plus. The first occasion four years ago, led to significant pain relief. This time, the pain was much more acute, so much so that I could not walk more than 50-75 yards at a time. I happened to be on a 14 week trip to London when the pain was at its worst, and I consulted three Harley street specialist, 2 of them spine specialists and one osteopath, along with a physical therapist. Three spinal injections brought little if any, relief. When I returned to Little Rock, I asked my doctor for another stint at Back and Neck Plus. To my great relief----and some surprise, the pain is completely gone. I leave my London purchased walking stick at home, and now I’m working on getting back my endurance and stamina after a year and virtually complete inactivity. The DAVID Spine Program worked perfectly for me!” – Alan E. The DAVID Spine Program worked perfectly for me!

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