Exercises for Sciatica and Back Pain

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back at L1-S1, goes through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg. Next Tuesday we will be talking about what causes this and what you can do to help manage and prevent it.

Our June workshop is coming up NEXT Tuesday June 11. We will begin with a short anatomy and physiology review, where Dr. Karo will explain how your lumbar spine works, and how it integrates with your hips and lower extremities.

Afterwards we will get interactive, and go through some of the foundational exercises for improving the function of your lower back and hips.

Wear athletic type clothing that you can move freely in.

RSVP below. Space is limited, but friends and family are always welcome!

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Sciatica, Lower Back Pain, Leg Pain

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back at L1-S1, goes through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg. At Platinum Chiropractic we approach this problem from the roots.

Sciatica, Lower back pain, leg pain …. it is likely that yourself or someone you know has or is currently experiencing one or more of these symptoms. But what is sciatica really? 

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back at L1-S1, goes through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg. Irritation to this nerve bundle anywhere along the pathway may cause lower back pain and, or leg pain, muscle weakness, or foot drop, just to name a few. Because of the wide variety of potential secondary conditions, sciatica is a very loose diagnosis with no effective long term treatment under standard medical care.

However, the way we approach this problem at Platinum Chiropractic is from the roots. Since these nerves originate from the lumbar spine, our first assessment is of the lower spinal vertebrae. We asses for Neuro-Structural shifts that could be irritating the nerves running down the leg. Usually, when we can correct the problem at the cause, the secondary symptoms such as leg pain, cramps, foot drop, etc. tend to go away on their own. We also include specific exercises to address any imbalances and help strengthen after we’ve corrected the problem. This is why we get such great results with our patients who have sciatica, or back pain in general. 

We invite you to our next workshop, June 11 at 6:30: Mobility for Low Back Pain to learn more. RSVP below:

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Fish Oil (Omega 3's)

How to know you are getting the best

Let’s say that we have two different (brands) of fish oil sitting side-by-side. Each bottle has 1,000 mg capsules. Are the capsules the same? The answer is NO. 

Here’s why: With regards to Omega-3 there are HUGE differences with regards to sources, quality, and quantity. The best source of Omega-3 oil is from cold salt-water fish such as sardines, anchovies, herring, and mackerel. Warm water and fresh water are not acceptable sources. Does that mean that eating warm water and fresh water fish is bad? No, they just aren’t good sources of Omega-3. 

With regard to quality, much of it has to do with the extraction process of the oil from its source, as well as the elimination of PCB’s, dioxins, furuns, PAHs, mercury, and of course other heavy metals. You obviously want to remove unwanted junk while still preserving the quality of the oil. 

When it comes to the right amount, here is what you need to know: At the very least, an average adult should be taking 1000 EPA per day. We did not say 1000mg of omega-3 fish oil per day. We are specifically saying 1000mg of EPA.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids (FAs), EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). EPA (Eicosapentaenic Acid) is the heart and soul of fish oil. It, along with DHA (which is much more important for little ones and nursing moms), are what counts when it comes to omega-3 oil. Two 1000mg capsules may have very different levels of EPA. Some have as little as 70 mg, and others have as much as 750mg. EPA and DHA are important structural components of cell membranes, affecting membrane fluidity, flexibility, and permeability, as well as the efficiency and character of cellular signaling. Omega-3 FAs are especially critical for proper immune system function, and help to maintain cardiovascular and joint health. Omega-3 FAs are concentrated in eye and brain tissues, where they help to promote proper function of the central nervous system and support eye health. The point? Oil…is not oil…is not oil.

There should also be a natural balance of EPA and DHA as you would find in nature, like when you eat a fish. Most other brands either have low EPA/DHA, or they hyper inflate one or both using chemical processing. You should strive to be as close to nature as possible with an 18:12 full complement fatty acid profile. This way your body can utilize it efficiently. 

Now, we all know what to look for in our Omega-3 oil. In our practice, we carry only the finest quality omega-3 oil, in both liquid and soft gels. We take pride in carrying high quality products and we are constantly looking for the best. You can learn more about our Protocol for Life Balance Ultra Omega-3 here or by clicking on the images above.

Learn more about Omega 3s by reading our article on Good Fats vs Bad Fats here.