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The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog

5 Sciatica Pain Relief Treatments You Can Do at Home

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

Having sciatica makes it challenging to get around and feel comfortable while sitting or lying down. The bad news is that this condition indicates that something is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve that runs from your lower back to your feet, which is why you feel pain. The good news is that sciatica usually doesn’t last long and can often be treated with self-care measures at home. That means you shouldn’t have to worry about having to take prescription pain medications, receive steroid injections or undergo surgery. The following are some of the ways that you can treat sciatica at home.

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Topics: sciatica, Back Pain, stretches for sciatica, Home Remedies, Natural Treatments

The Best Stretch For Sciatica.

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

I recently appeared on a TV show in Chicago called “You and Me this Morning.”  On the show the host asked me what is the best stretch for back pain?  I love this question because knowing the best way to perform an activity ensures very often you can get people to actually do the activity.  This is because we like the power of one.  Do one thing and get the result is what we are all about in America.  Give me the best and I don’t have to fool with the rest and I can get back to living my life.

    • There are several reasons this stretch is considered the Best!

As many of you know I suffered with back pain and sciatica for years...… over 10 years to be exact.  I as a result know firsthand all the exercises and stretches, this is one of my personal favorites.   I wrote an article called the "The 8 Most Important Things You Must Know If You Are Dealing With Sciatica!" In this article I mentioned that the leading cause of sciatica is the dreaded herniated disc, and it’s also one of the leading causes of back pain.  This stretch helps both back pain and the cause of sciatica; this is one of the reasons why it qualifies as the best.

This stretch is good for taking the pressure off the disc, and by taking pressure off the disc you ultimately start to take the pressure off the nerve that is being pinched. (The sciatic nerve.)  We live in a culture where we spend a large part of our day sitting.  The days of working on our feet are mostly gone. So now when we sit, we do 2 things that are bad for our spines, we flex our spine slightly resulting in a flat spine, and we load our discs. It’s because everybody sits that the stretch also qualifies as the best……. it’s good for everybody.

This stretch will eliminate both the flattening of the spine and the overloaded discs.

The exercise is known as the sphinx.

  1. Start by lying flat on your stomach; put your hands in front of you and your elbows under your shoulders.
  2. Then lift your head and shoulders up with your forearms on the floor.
  3. Settle into it for 30 seconds at least.  Perform about 5-10 stretches at first.
  4. After a long day of sitting at work I recommend patients perform these 10 minutes daily at home. It will help. 
  5. When you start to gain some of your flexibility you want to extend higher by pushing your shoulder up and straightening your arms.

This stretch will take some time to start to get the tissues to relax but if you give it some time you will start to feel a little better.

Make sure you have your condition evaluated by a healthcare practitioner.

Dr. Jeff                  Sciatica Resource Center

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Topics: best treatment for sciatica pain, sciatica, stretches for sciatica, sciatica stretches, sciatica relief, Home Remedies, sciatica exercises

Multiple Bulging Discs, Herniated Disc & Leg Pain From Sciatica – Cheryl Meyer

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 @ 01:50 PM

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Topics: multiple bulging disc, sciatica pain location, treatment for herniated discs, sciatica, herniated disc, treatments for bulging discs, herniated and bulging discs, Home Remedies, best treatments for sciatica, Natural Treatment, leg pain from sciatica

Home Remedies to Reduce Neck Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 @ 01:38 PM

For every inch your head moves forward of your upper back the strain on your neck increases exponentially! Thus, it is essential to try and maintain a more erect posture when working at a desk, driving a car, or performing arm activities (such as carrying things). Your body's musculature serves two functions – to produce movement and to control or guide that movement. The large, superficial muscles produce movement and are usually very active and easy to train. The deeper muscles that guide movements are important for preventing injury and they often become weak when you are in pain and thus require specific therapeutic exercises to activate and train them.

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Topics: remedy for neck pain, sure for neck pain, Home Remedies, Home Remedies, chronic neck pain, reduce neck pain, Natural Treatment, chicago neck pain, pain between shoulders and neck

Looking for a Natural Treatment for Herniated Discs? Try Functional Disc Rehyrdration

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

If you’re frustrated after years of living with back pain or neck pain from a slipped disc, there’s hope on the horizon. Herniated discs create havoc in the lives of many people, like you, who’ve almost forgotten what a pain-free back feels like. Functional Disc Rehydration™ is a breakthrough treatment that fixes the problem at its source, without drugs or risky, invasive procedures.

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Topics: herniated disc, Functional Disc Rehydration, Back Pain, Home Remedies, Natural Treatment

10 Tips for Healing Stenosis Naturally

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Aug 02, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

The vast majority of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives, especially in the lower back. Lumbar spinal stenosis is often the culprit. The fact that you’re not alone in your suffering doesn’t lessen the pain, but you would think it might lead to a definitive cure that works for everyone. Unfortunately, there isn’t one. Healing stenosis naturally, however, is a promising option. Natural treatments offer an excellent way to relieve symptoms and enhance your quality of life in general.

Stay the course

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Topics: Home Remedies, Natural Treatment, healing stenosis naturally

How to Relieve Tension When You Have Sudden Onset Lower Back Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 09:48 AM

Lower back pain, especially the type that occurs suddenly, is stressful. The stress is both emotional (alarm and worry due to the sudden pain) and physical (muscle tension which contributes to the pain). To get relief from sudden onset lower back pain, calming both forms of stress is important.

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Topics: Back Pain Tips, Back Pain, Home Remedies, Natural Treatment

You don't need surgery: 6 Ways to Start Healing Stenosis Naturally

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

The human spinal column is an architectural wonder. It consists of bony structures; called vertebrae, stacked one on top of the other like building blocks. Inside the blocks is a canal that allows nerves to run from the brain down the back and act as a messenger system that controls sensation and movement.

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Topics: spinal stenosis, Back Pain Tips, Home Remedies, stenosis, Natural Treatment, healing stenosis naturally

Back Pain Illinois - Healing Instructions

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 02:39 PM

There are a few things that you need to be aware of as you go through the healing process at the Illinois Back Institute.

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Topics: Back Pain Tips, illinois back pain, Home Remedies, back pain illinois, back pain solution, back pain doctors in chicago, radiating back pain

Sciatica Treatment at Home Remedies

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 @ 01:53 PM

At the Illinois Back Institute we treat patients suffering with sciatica. Through Functional Disc Rehydration we are able to relieve the pressure off the spine and allow the nutrients to flow back into the disc. Click here to read more “Treat Sciatica Pain at the Illinois Back Institute” for more on how we treat your sciatica pain.

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Topics: sciatica, Functional Disc Rehydration, dealing with sciatica, sciatica illinois, super sciatica relief, sciatica treatment at home, sciatica homeopathic, Home Remedies, Stretches