Intermittent claudication and sciatics are leg pains having many causes like disc herniation and spinal stenosis. Johnson Chiropractic’s chiropractic care offers a solid treatment plan for your leg pain relief, but we’ll also discuss the critical 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
Johnson Chiropractic 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 introduces isometric exercise – exercising against resistance - at day 14 after the leg pain outbreak. (1) Don’t be surprised if Johnson Chiropractic 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. Johnson Chiropractic is here as your partner 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 Richmond 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 purpose 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 Johnson Chiropractic! We appreciate 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 Richmond pools near you. You’ll be glad you did!
Review these reference articles about the benefits of exercise for leg pain relief. Chat with Johnson Chiropractic 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 Richmond's chiropractic treatment and exercise!