Sciatica is a problem that many of our patients at Backbone Wellness suffer with, but how do you know when your sciatic pain is improving?

For many, the pain of sciatica can possibly be the worst pain they’ve ever felt.

And when sciatica is at its worst, it can feel like nothing can ever help…

So, when you’re going through it, the hope of your sciatic pain getting better can be your greatest wish.

What Is Sciatica?

Nerves don’t like to be touched, so when something is pressing on your sciatic nerve – that causes the pain of sciatica.  

Sciatic pain from that irritated nerve is most often felt from the glutes, down the back of the leg, and sometimes all the way down to your feet (and sometimes even into your toes!).  

What Causes Sciatica?

The most common cause of sciatica is a slipped disc. A disc putting even a little pressure on your sciatic nerve can cause you to feel a tremendous amount of pain.   

There are certain factors that raise your risk of developing sciatica. The most common factors for developing sciatica include:

How Can I help to Ease My Sciatic Pain?

Here’s the problem, unlike so many other times in our lives – resting just doesn’t seem to do the trick. When you’re suffering with sciatic pain and quit moving, not only does the disc stay slipped, but the muscles of your core and lower back become weaker with disuse, providing less support (studies have found that coma patients who are unable to move at all, quickly lose an alarming amount of muscle).  

So, let’s think about sitting less. Now, I know what you’re going to say… ‘sitting doesn’t make it worse’, but we have found that in many cases, patients will sit in a modified or slouched way to avoid their pain.

This uncomfortable-looking posture can contribute to making your pain last longer, and posture distortions can continue even after the original back trouble has gone.  

Keep Walking

Doing anything you can to keep yourself moving is our highest recommendation. As soon as you can, and as easy as necessary – anything that gets you moving helps. 

Easy and gentle walking can do wonders for people suffering with sciatica because it releases of pain-reducing endorphins and reduces inflammation.  

Walking is often overlooked but let me assure you it’s one of the best ways to get moving, and becoming healthier, while only costing you the price of a pair of shoes. 

Heat followed by Ice

Using heat followed by ice therapy, can provide relief from sciatica. Heat brings blood flow to the affected area, easing painful muscle spasms. This is followed by ice, which reduces inflammation to the surrounding tissues.  

Stretch It Out!

Every day, wake up and even before getting out of bed, do some light stretching. Doing something small to help yourself to stay active is a great way to keep yourself from getting more and more stiff.

Becoming more immobile and losing flexibility in your spine and core increases your likelihood of suffering from things like sciatica and other life-changing pains.  

We’ve added a video of Dr. Garda’s top tips to relieve back pain!

Is My Sciatica Improving?

Determining if sciatica is getting better is pretty straightforward.

Though overall pain is a good indication of healing, even more important is the actual location and movement of the pain.

Is your pain ‘retreating or going’ is what to look for.

What that means is, if the pain is in your glute today and down the back of your leg the next, your sciatica has more than likely got worse and it’s not improving.

And, if the pain is ‘leaving’, or moving up from where it was before, then that is a good indicator that the sciatica is improving.

It is also important to note - for most people, sciatic pain usually lasts between 2-6 weeks with acute pain lasting around 1-2 weeks.

Does It Get Worse Before it Gets Better?

Yes, your sciatic pain can get worse before it gets better – but we have seen, hundreds of times over the years, it can get better.

Good daily habits, healthy movement (and of course, chiropractic care) can help. It might be painful at first but if you persist, your body does have the ability to be healed.

Would You Like To See A Chiropractor For Free?

We realize some people want more than just some free health tips… That’s why we offer expert advice – for FREE, in under 30 minutes.  

Here are just a few of the things you will learn in one of our free discovery sessions:    

  1. What is the underlying cause of your back pain? (Hopefully nothing too serious!)   
  2. Roughly, how long will it take to fix my problem?   
  3. What to do to help – which doesn’t include painkillers, resting or surgery etc.   
  4. What other, natural, drug-free methods are there to speed up recovery alongside treatment?   

Our discovery sessions are great for anyone that may be “unsure” if a chiropractor is right for them, and they give you the opportunity to ask questions and see for yourself if we can help you.  

If you would like one of our limited discovery sessions –

please give us a call at 513 891-2111, and mention this blog post to see a chiropractor for free. 

Or follow this link:

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We’re Here To Help… 

If you’re in pain and would like to talk to us about getting some help, some specialist advice, or if you are looking for a diagnosis, remember we are always here to help you…. and we’re offering you the chance to have your first session with a chiropractor for FREE (with a discovery visit).  

If you would like to get one of our limited discovery visits slots, please click here or CALL us at 513 891-2111.

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When I was 9 years old (2 years before my paper route 🗞️ would make me flush with cash) Dad sent me to the store. 🏪

When I got home, he asked me for the change except there was one problem. 😐

I spent the rest of it on comic books. Whoops! 🤭

So, I don’t know why they can’t pull off a good Fantastic Four movie 🎥 but, I do know there are 4 essentials of life.

And, that when these 4 life essentials are maintained, they will maximize 🏆 your health potential.

Hint, it’s the same four things we need in order to be alive.

Food 🍔

Water 🌊

and Oxygen 🏃‍♀️

How long can we live without Food? 4 to 8 Weeks? 📅

How long can we live without Water? Maybe 3 days? 🌅

How long can we live without Oxygen? 5 minutes? ⏱️

Ok, so how long can we live without a nerve impulse? 🔌

Good question! It’s kind of the definition of life 🧬 isn’t it?

I’m Dr. Clinton Garda and I believe in thinking 🤔 differently about healthcare.

I believe that God intended for you to be vibrant 💖 and Pain-free and that you, achieving success, health and happiness begins with your health. ☺️

💙 We're here to help!

Backbone Wellness Institute, 9879 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH, (513) 891-2111

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Where does health come from, anyway? 🤷

Can it be found in a pill 💊 or at the end of a scalpel?

Let’s consider for a moment… if I move my hand ✋ what controls that?

Any guesses?

My brain 🧠 of course!

But it doesn’t do it by satellite 🛰️ it does it by cable! 🔌

My brain 🖥️ generates life and energy and transmits it through my brainstem, down my spinal cord to my peripheral nervous system.

And, my nervous system directly and indirectly controls and coordinates 🚦 the function of every cell, tissue, and organ of my body.

In order to be healthy, does it make sense that pathway should be clear?

I agree! 👍

I’m Dr. Clinton Garda and I believe in thinking 🤔 differently about healthcare.

I believe that God intended for you to be vibrant 💖 and Pain-free and that you, achieving success, health and happiness begins with your health. ☺️

💙 We're here to help!

Backbone Wellness Institute, 9879 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH, (513) 891-2111

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Back pain ⚡ can affect every aspect of life.

Sleeping 💤 working, exercising 🏃‍♀️… any normal activity can be affected.

But, when Sciatica starts radiating down your backside and leg, it can feel like holy water on Dracula 🧛‍♂️ and can have a real impact on quality of life.

Spinal discs are like a jelly donut 🍩 and if the jelly leaks out, and compresses the sciatic nerve exiting the spine, that’s Sciatica.

Sitting 🪑 lifting 🏋️‍♂️ or even sneezing 🤧 can make it worse because that can increase the pressure on the disc.

The good news?

Sciatica Can Get Better. 🙋‍♂️

Because we focus is on finding 🔎 the exact cause of the sciatica.

I’m a real spine geek so, we use our technology 👨‍💻  to build a functional picture and helps us find problems that could have been missed in the past.

I’m Dr. Clinton Garda and I believe in thinking 🤔 differently about healthcare.

I believe that God intended for you to be vibrant 💖 and Pain-free and that you, achieving success, health and happiness begins with your health. ☺️

💙 We're here to help!

Backbone Wellness Institute, 9879 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH, (513) 891-2111

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So, if I were to cut 🔪 my arm, what happens?

It would heal 🩹 in a week or two.

What happens if I cut a nerve? 🤔

It might never come back, so Mother Nature 🌬️ is really smart, like Jeopardy smart.

Our central nervous system, our brain 🧠 and spinal cord are totally encased in bone for protection.

Now, the bones 🦴 of our spine are moveable, so we can bend and move and stretch.

And sometimes, because of traumas 🤕 (accident, slip and fall etc.) or microtraumas (repetitive stress injury) these bones can fall into less than ideal movement patterns.

Which can affect the nerves.

Did you know that studies have shown that pressure the equivalent to the weight of a dime 🪙 on a nerve can affect the function of that nerve by 60%?

If only there were a profession that specialized in that sort of thing! 😎

I’m Dr. Clinton Garda and I believe in thinking 🤔 differently about healthcare.

I believe that God intended for you to be vibrant 💖 and Pain-free and that you, achieving success, health and happiness begins with your health. ☺️

💙 We're here to help!

Backbone Wellness Institute, 9879 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH, (513) 891-2111

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I saw a book 📖 for sale titled “Solve 50% of all of Your Problems”

So, I bought 2! 🤣

Anyway… the problem with problems is they usually go on silently 🤫 at first.

Just like driving a car 🚗 without changing the oil, at first everything is fine.

 Eventually the check engine light 🚨 comes on.

What if I just covered that up with a piece of tape. 🤷‍♀️

The problem becomes more of a problem, until one day…

The engine ⚙️ seizes.

Now I have a crisis 🆘 and in order to solve my crisis, I go to Kings Auto Mall and get a brand-new engine installed.

What I should do now, is the same thing I should have been doing all along, right ⁉️

Maintenance. 😎

I need to maintain 🧑‍🔧 the health of my car engine.

And my marriage. ⚭

And my heart health. 💓

And my Spine. 🦸‍♂️

Anything I use and value needs to be maintained on a regular basis to keep it tip top. 🥇

Does that make sense? 👍

I’m Dr. Clinton Garda and I believe in thinking 🤔 differently about healthcare.

I believe that God intended for you to be vibrant 💖 and Pain-free and that you, achieving success, health and happiness begins with your health. ☺️

💙 We're here to help!

Backbone Wellness Institute, 9879 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH, (513) 891-2111

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The gods 🔱 of ancient Greece 🏛️ were believed to be cruel and jealous, so in that context, their punishment of Prometheus makes sense.

For the crime of stealing fire 🔱 and giving it to humanity, he was chained on top of a mountain where every day and eagle 🦅 would eat his liver and every day it grew back.

In fact, Alexander, 10,000 miles from home believed he found that very mountain ⛰️ while crossing the Hindu Kush.

Now as mere mortals 🙋 we lack the power to become whole again after being torn asunder.

And all too often people will find that they will continue to have pain ⚡ after a spinal surgery.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is estimated to occur in 20% - 40% of all spinal surgeries, with that likelihood increasing with multiple surgeries. ☹️

More specifically when it comes to spinal fusions, studies have shown that fewer than half of all spinal fusions are successful, with up to 94% of people still having back pain after surgery.

That’s why, as imperfect clay, we encourage you to investigate 🕵️ less invasive solutions before committing to more invasive.

I’m Dr. Clinton Garda and I believe in thinking 🤔 differently about healthcare.

I believe that God intended for you to be vibrant 💖 and Pain-free and that you, achieving success, health and happiness begins with your health. ☺️

💙 We're here to help!

Backbone Wellness Institute, 9879 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH, (513) 891-2111

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Crassus crushed ⚒️ the slave revolt led by Kirk Douglas who just happened to bear a striking resemblance to Spartacus and amassed a huge fortune for himself.

Already the richest man in Rome 🏛️ he partnered with Cesar and Pompey to dominate the Roman political system.

In his quest for further glory and riches he led an army of 30,000 men into the deserts 🐫 of Mesopotamia.

The result was, him seeing his army crushed, his son’s head the tip of a spear, and in a symbolic gesture mocking his greed, the Parthians killed him by pouring molten gold down his throat. ❌ 🥇

Totally unrelated, did you know that elective spinal surgeries increased by 63% over a 12 year period? 🤷

That meant by 2015 there were 199,140 lumbar fusion surgeries, with a corresponding hospital costs increased 177% during that time.

While the average case ballooned to $50,000 💸 per patient.

I’m Dr. Clinton Garda and I believe in thinking 🤔 differently about healthcare.

I believe that God intended for you to be vibrant 💖 and Pain-free and that you, achieving success, health and happiness begins with your health. ☺️

💙 We're here to help!

Backbone Wellness Institute, 9879 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH, (513) 891-2111

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Apparently, a vampire 🧛‍♂️ can’t enter your home without an invitation.

But I’m not worried make believe vampires.

I do, however worry ☹️ about the real-life vampires of repetitive stress injury, that literally drain people of their health and vitality.

I worry about people standing on concrete 🧑‍🏭 for eight hours a day, leading to back pain and sciatica.

I worry about  Americans sitting for 40-50 hours per week at a desk, leading to neck pain, shoulder pain, headache , and deconditioning.

I worry about tradesmen 👨‍🔧 wearing out their hands, and backs, day in and day out.

The good news is you can fight the vampires of chronic movement patterns leading to chronic pain issues.  

💙 We're here to help!

I’m Dr. Clinton Garda and I believe in thinking 🤔 differently about healthcare.

I believe that God intended for you to be vibrant 💖 and Pain-free and that you, achieving success, health and happiness begins with your health. ☺️

If you have any questions, or have any current pain issues, or message us!

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When I was 4 years old I lived in Grand Cashe, Alberta and my daily entertainment was my mother and I, watching the bears 🐻 🐻 🐻 knock over the garbage cans out our front window.

Growing up, Dad told me that he had heard a story where someone who had gotten too close to a baby cub, tried to escape 🏃‍♂️ it’s momma by running into a trailer and locking the door.

… and the bear opened that trailer like a sardine can 🐟🥫 to get at him.

No wonder Mom didn’t share my good memories… 😬

Anyway… there are far more car accidents 🚗 💥 than bear attacks in this country.

Like 6 million and year.

And, an estimated 38% of people with chronic neck pain 🤕 believe it began with their car accident.

The good news is Research shows chiropractic care 😎 can improve range of motion and decrease the pain associated with whiplash.

I’m Dr. Clinton Garda and I believe in thinking 🤔 differently about healthcare.

I believe that God intended for you to be vibrant 💖 and Pain-free and that you, achieving success, health and happiness begins with your health. ☺️

If you have any questions, or the next time you find yourself dealing with one too many headache episodes, comment below or message us!

💙 We're here to help!

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