When I had sciatica pain, it was terrorizing. I would fall a lot, which made it to where I was afraid to do anything that involved walking. Falling in public is especially embarrassing as bystanders have no idea why I fell. Most people just kept on walking anyway or laughed at my expense. I finally got sick of it and decided that there had to be some exercises to relieve sciatica pain.
No one was going to fix this for me. The first neurosurgeon wanted to do surgery! I went for a second opinion by the top neurosurgeon at Indiana University School of Medicine, and he informed me that surgery only had a 30% chance of working! He said that doing surgery without trying less invasive interventions first was downright controversial. He recommended that I try physical therapy to learn some exercises that would help to relieve sciatica pain.
I complied (reluctantly, I hate exercise) and gave it a shot. Exercise and physical therapy helped more than I expected. It was during that time that I learned about how chiropractic care could help me. That’s when I met Dr. Guevara.
Dr. Guevara taught me three simple exercises that would help open up the spine and relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Then I talked him into making a video, check it out:
Relieve Sciatica Pain In As Little As 10 Minutes a Day
So what did you think of the video? Be sure to let me know in the comments below. Do you think that you can do these? I wondered myself and thought, is this all I need? These exercises helped to relieve the pain and decompress the spine. But, gravity is a law, and eventually, things settle back to their normal (compressed) state.
Any relief is good, and these exercises can be done anytime as often as needed, so I’m a fan. Dr. Guevera put together a more comprehensive program for ending sciatica pain, but it costs money. Dr. ‘G,’ as he likes to be called, puts out so much free stuff, I’m okay with him being compensated for his time that he put into his sciatica relief program. If you want to know more, >>Click Here<<
The Low Back Hates Gravity
It seems like the older we get, we shrink. I notice it in older people. When I checked my height recently, it turns out I’ve shrunk by half an inch too! Is it disc disease or gravity.
Well, it’s both. Gravity is pulling down on our body and the spine, especially the lower back, handles most of the weight of it.
Here’s my stab at anatomy; in between every vertebra (the bone part of the spine) is a rubbery disc that is filled with a thick fluid. My neurosurgeon said it’s a bit like toothpaste. Anyway, the discs in the spine are our natural shock absorbers. These discs deal with the weight of our bodies and all of our movements every day without much rest.
At night, when we lay down, our spine gets a break from gravity and gets to decompress and reabsorb fluid and nutrients. This is one of the many reasons why good sleep is essential.
Fun fact: Astronauts get taller in space because they don’t have to deal with gravity. If it means less pain, where do I sign up?!
Anyway, after years of gravity and abuses on the back such as car wrecks, improper lifting, etc. the discs break down and can’t absorb like they used to. Think of a tire that is low on air, or flat.
Spinal Decompression With an Inversion Table
I got to use an inversion table in physical therapy. This contraption holds your feet while you roll backward and hang upside down for a few minutes at a time. It’s a bit scary at first, but as soon as you do it once you feel completely safe. The gentle stretch and decompression of the spine make it worth it.
Dr. Guevara says that there is a study that reports inversion therapy reduces the need for surgery by 71%!
I decided to buy one of my own. I also thought that inversion tables would be super expensive and that, perhaps, I wouldn’t be able to afford one. I checked Amazon and got some recommendations and found that the prices were reasonable.
I got the Teeter Hang Ups EP-960 from Amazon. I’ve been using mine several times a day for four years now, and it still looks and works like new. It was easy to set up, but I did need help because of the weight of things. I didn’t want to screw up my back even worse than it already is! Anyway, here’s a link to the one I bought at Amazon. There are cheaper options. Just be careful and read the reviews.
I think that the price is worth it when you think about how much surgery costs. And of course, it helps to get rid of back and sciatica pain!
For More Information
For more information on exercises to relieve sciatica pain, surgery, and videos by Dr. G, >>Click Here<<
That’s it for now; I hope to have helped.
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Also, note – I am not a doctor, and anything written here should not replace the medical advice of a professional.
Be well and in good spirits today!