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Dave Foreman

LOWER BACK PROBLEMS-SCIATICA


by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Sciatica occurs when there is pain, numbness or tingling in the lower back or down one leg, sometimes all the way to the foot. This discomfort comes from pressure on the sciatic nerve as it goes from the spinal cord into the lower back. So what causes the pressure that leads to sciatic pain? Occasionally, it can be caused by trauma, but the more frequent reason is that the lower spine is out of alignment. How it usually starts is that a muscle group above the area of discomfort is in spasm (usually on the buttocks on the side that is painful), while a muscle group below the area of discomfort (usually in the bladder region on the opposite side of the body from your pain) is simultaneously in spasm. It is this tug-of-war that causes your spine to come out of alignment, pinch the nerve as it leaves your spine and in turn cause your sciatic pain.

For example: You have pain in your right hip and maybe even down your right leg. Usually a muscle high on your buttocks – I call it a hotspot – will be sensitive to moderate pressure with your thumb. This is one of the areas that need to be relaxed or massaged. On the front side of your body on the left side down into the pelvic region you will find another hotspot. Formost, this area is located near the bladder. This muscle group also requires massage. When these two muscle groups finally relax, the spine will go back into alignment and the pain will be resolved.

What causes these muscle spasms?

This is a great question and the answer is: it depends. Although trauma and degenerative issues can be contributing factors, I have learned that most sciatica sufferers have underlying bladder or bowel problems such as:

• Diarrhea
• Constipation
• Incontinence
• Overactive Bladder
• Chronic Bladder Infections (more than 2 per year)
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and related health challenges
• Pregnancy (supplements mentioned in this article are not intended for use during pregnancy)

The modern medicine approach is usually to address the inflammation and suppress the pain. My approach isn’t much different except my treating inflammation is a temporary fix until my other support supplements take over. I believe that if you get rid of the root of your problem, the body will heal itself.

Let’s take a look at how to fix your aching back.

I. Address inflammation and pain: To make an immediate impact on your discomfort, supplements like Celadrin, Zyflamend, and FlexNow are a good start. The benefit of Celadrin is that you can use both the oral form and a topical form for a one-two punch. I have also used yucca root as a way of dealing with this issue as well. Dosing is sort of strange in that I have people start out on five to six grams per day and slowly decrease by a gram per day until they get to a 1 gram per day dose. I also like the addition of fish oil when fighting inflammation. Two to three grams of omega-3 fatty acids from fish can also give you the added support you need. Systemic enzymes such as Wobenzym and serrapeptase also provide support for fighting inflammation.

II. Relax themuscles: My herb of choice is passion flower (not standardized). Passion flower possesses muscle-relaxing properties. I recommend anywhere from 250mg to 1500mg at bedtime. The higher dose is used to make sure you sleep well and relax the muscles. I follow this nighttime dose with a smaller dose (250mg to 500mg) mid-morning and mid-afternoon. The lower dose will hopefully maintain some of the relaxation effect, but without the drowsiness associated with a higher dosage.

III. Get a massage: This is the key to a quick recovery. Supplements can do the trick, but to get the relief you want, going for a massage at least once a week will speed your recovery.Make sure to stress the importance of the two muscle areas I mentioned above. A quality massage therapist will already know what I am writing about.

IV. Treat the root of your problem: There’s a strong possibility that you don’t have a back problem (unless it is from trauma) and need to resolve what is truly triggering your muscles and spine to react the way they are. Treat your bladder or bowel health issues naturally. If your problem stems from exercise, then change your workouts or make sure to stretch before and after. Whatever it is—take care of it naturally. Other issues such as being overweight, poor posture, bone spurs, etc. should all be addressed in order to prevent chronic or recurring back problems.

Achy Back?

Here are some quick tips that can help soothe the pain:

• Get a massage
• Sleep on your side
• Start your supplements
• Wear low-heeled shoes
• Alternate between hot and cold on the affected area
• Practice good posture while walking, standing and sitting
• Avoid sitting (or standing depending on which causes more pain)

 
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