Causes of sciatica | Prime Chiropractic

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Identifying the causes of sciatica is critical if you’re suffering…

In this article, you’ll learn the different cause of sciatica and what to do about them.

It’s important to understand that stretching, foam-rolling, etc. just relieves the symptoms, but never fixes the underlying problem.  Admittedly, there can be numerous reasons for this problem.

However, most people don’t realize that sitting is one of the most common reasons for sciatica.

Our bodies weren’t designed to sit for long periods of the day.

Unfortunately, the majority of Americans do just that.  We go to work, plop down at our desk and then don’t get up until it’s time to go home, or if we’re lucky, a 30-minute break at lunch.

In the meantime, while we’re sitting, our glutes(muscles in your buttocks) turn off, and the stress goes directly to areas of our body that weren’t designed to carry that sort of weight.

When we get up to move around, the glutes are still turned off and weak.  This makes us much more prone for injury, or symptoms.

Some experience sciatica.  Others experience low-back pain, or numbness and tingling, or worse.

It’s possible that the sciatica symptoms are not the only problem occurring due to your sitting.  You may also experience digestion and eliminative problems.

After all, when there is stress applied to the lower half of the body on a continual basis, how could the organs possibly work as well as they should?

What can be done for this issue?

The main factor when it comes to causes of sciatica is:


The more time you spend off your butt, either moving, laying on your stomach, or standing, the less stress you apply on your low-back and hips in disproportionate ways.

For many office jobs, there is no way of avoiding the act of sitting.  So, take breaks…

Every 30-minutes, set an alarm on your phone to jolt you out of the working daze you get in…

Stand up, move around for a few minutes, and then resume your work.

This simple break will go a long way in helping your body reduce the amount of negative stress put on it from sitting.  Click here for the ultimate guide to sciatica pain relief.

If you’re tired of dealing with sciatica, set up a complimentary consultation with Centennial chiropractor Dr. Matthew Pennetti.