Avoid, Treat and Manage Sciatic Pain: Tips that help

  If you have had sciatica, you know how painful it can be. The pain is generally in the lower back and can shoot all throughout the buttocks and even down the leg to the foot. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body that originates in the spinal column of the lower […]

sciatic pain

 

If you have had sciatica, you know how painful it can be. The pain is generally in the lower back and can shoot all throughout the buttocks and even down the leg to the foot. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body that originates in the spinal column of the lower back. Sometimes sciatic pain can be triggered by moving incorrectly or lifting something heavy. Some causes of sciatic pain include herniated discs (slipped disks), spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the canal that holds the spinal cord), spondylolistheses (where a disk shifts over or behind another disk), a pinched sciatic nerve, piriformis syndrome (which causes the nerve to become buried dead in the buttocks), osteoarthritis, or pregnancy.  Some factors that may make you more susceptible to developing sciatic pain include obesity, aging, prolonged sitting, and a sedentary lifestyle.

If you find yourself in pain you can treat sciatic pain at home using the following tips: avoid sitting on a soft low chair, do not bend or lift incorrectly, use ice to alleviate the inflammation (you may also try alternating ice and heat), try having a massage, lay on a firm surface with a pillow between your knees and your back straight, or try taking over the counter pain meds such as Advil, Tylenol or Aleve. If none of these are working for you, physical therapy may be a viable option.

The best way to avoid developing sciatic pain includes using proper lifting techniques, maintaining flexibility, include walking, yoga and Pilates in your exercise program, keeping your weight in a healthy range, and avoid sitting in one position for too long.

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Sophie Pratola

704-604-1518

Personally Trained By Sophie

Edema: signs, symptoms, causes and relief for the swelling

  With it being summer you may have noticed some swelling in your extremities especially in your hands, feet, legs, ankles, and arms. Excess fluid under your skin that is trapped in your body tissue is known as edema. You may have edema if you have swelling or puffiness directly under the skin, have stretched […]

edema

 

With it being summer you may have noticed some swelling in your extremities especially in your hands, feet, legs, ankles, and arms. Excess fluid under your skin that is trapped in your body tissue is known as edema. You may have edema if you have swelling or puffiness directly under the skin, have stretched or shiny skin, have a distended abdomen area, or press on your skin and it stays indented several seconds after you stop pressing on it. Edema can be caused by many things including PMS, pregnancy, certain medications, sitting in one position for too long, eating too much salt in your diet, or an underlying medical condition such as heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or kidney disease. Edema may also be a side effect of certain medications including estrogen, NSAIDs, steroids, and certain blood pressure and diabetes medications. Sometimes edema may be mild and occasionally it may be severe. If you suspect you have a serious case be sure to see your doctor because it may be an indicator of a more serious medical condition (heart failure, cirrhosis, kidney disease/damage, or lymphatic system issues). Your doctor may prescribe a diuretic to help. Mild cases of edema usually clear up on their own, however, if you need to reduce the swelling try these techniques: elevate extremities, get moving (exercise more and don’t sit in one position too long), massage (make sure strokes go up to the heart), compression (you can use compression hose, sleeves, or stockings), and reducing sodium intakes.

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Sophie Pratola

704-604-1518

Personally Trained By Sophie