Intermittent claudication and sciatics are leg pains having many beginnings like disc herniation and spinal stenosis. Soft Health and Healing Clinic’s chiropractic care offers a solid treatment plan for your leg pain relief, but we’ll also discuss the imperative role of exercise to relieve and manage your leg pain. We’re a team with the same goal: pain relief and prevention!
Sciatica – Leg Pain Due to Disc Herniation
Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows you wouldn't think it, but exercising when you hurt helps. It really does! In people with leg pain due to a disc herniation, researchers find that patients who exercise get better strength and flexibility and report less pain. (1) Really!
Now, one study puts forward isometric exercise – exercising against resistance - at day 14 after the leg pain outbreak. (1) Don’t be surprised if Soft Health and Healing Clinic gets you started sooner with exercise. This passes some of the management to you. (Of course, don’t start any exercise until we talk to you about it!) But you can help yourself, and we want to help you do that. Soft Health and Healing Clinic is here as your ally in healing as well as prevention of future back pain as well as related leg pain. It’s your body and back ultimately!
Intermittent Claudication – Leg Pain Due to Peripheral Artery Disease or Spinal Stenosis
Intermittent claudication cramps not just your legs, but also your Brooks lifestyle! To improve walking, walking is recommended. We know, it’s obvious, but it works. But resistance training and weight lifting may also help improve walking. (2) The intent of these exercise options is the same: get the blood flowing!
“But, Doc, I Hurt Too Much to Exercise.”
Oh how often we hear that at Soft Health and Healing Clinic! We comprehend that and empathize. However, we have a suggestion, a research-based suggestion no less! If you are in too much pain, consider exercising in the water. Researchers note that water exercise is less stressful on muscles. Not too surprising, but they documented it! So start with aquatic back exercises and move to land as you feel less pain and strengthen your muscles. (3) Check out the Brooks pools near you. You’ll be glad you did!
Review these reference articles about the benefits of exercise for leg pain relief. Chat with Soft Health and Healing Clinic about the exercises appropriate for you, then try some water-based exercise and build up to doing them on land or the exercise ball.
We look forward to your progress with Brooks's chiropractic treatment and exercise!