Intermittent claudication and sciatics are leg pains having many beginnings such as disc herniation and spinal stenosis. Watertown Wellness Center’s chiropractic care offers a solid treatment plan to ease your leg pain, but we’ll also discuss the vital role of exercise to relieve and control your leg pain. We’re a team with the same goal: pain relief and prevention!
Sciatica – Leg Pain Due to Disc Herniation
Watertown Wellness Center knows you won’t believe it, but exercising when you hurt helps. It really does! In patients 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 Watertown Wellness Center gets you started sooner with exercise. This passes some of the control to you. (Certainly, don’t do any exercise until we talk!) But you can help yourself, and we want you to do that. Watertown Wellness Center 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 Watertown 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 goal of these exercise options is the same: get the blood flowing!
“But, Doc, I Am In Too Much Pain to Exercise.”
Oh how often we hear that at Watertown Wellness Center! We identify with 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 Watertown pools near you. You’ll be glad you did!
Review these reference articles about the benefits of exercise for leg pain relief. Chat with Watertown Wellness Center 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 Watertown's chiropractic treatment and exercise!