Causes and SymptomsTo understand how sciatica is affected by the weight of the body one needs to understand how it works. A breakdown of the causes and symptoms.
- The sciatic nerve runs from the lower spine, through the glutes, down the back of the thigh, and is attached under the foot.
- The nerve becomes compressed or irritated where it exits the lower spine. This can be caused by a bulging or herniated disc, narrowing of the spinal canal, or bone spurs.
- Symptoms include a sharp pain that spreads out from the low back and down the back of the leg. It also causes tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Indirect Cause Being OverweightBeing overweight can indirectly cause sciatica. When the body has to support added/extra weight it can cause problems. That extra weight also places tremendous stress on the joints, especially those in the spine. The lower back takes most of the force from this stress, which is how sciatica develops. The stress slowly pulls the spine out of alignment and compresses the discs between the vertebrae, which then compresses the sciatic nerve, causing pain and discomfort.
Sciatica and Weight LossKeep in mind that weight loss is not a cure for sciatica. Weight loss will surely help relieve sciatica pain but there are other issues at work that are combined with excess weight and are causing sciatica. Weight loss is only a step in the right direction. The most recommended and effective ways to lose weight and relieve sciatica pain is having a healthy diet, exercise, and chiropractic health coaching. Other things that can be done to relieve sciatic nerve pain include:
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Home remedies
Exercise With SciaticaRegular exercise will help reduce the symptoms and strengthen the body’s core and leg muscles. There are a variety of things that make sciatica worse like:
- Sitting too much
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Wearing shoes with no support
- Lifting, bending, twisting, reaching, overuse