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January 30, 2018

5 Exercises That Help Relieve Sciatica Pain

Sciatica pain can be intense, preventing you from working, spending time with loved ones, and otherwise living your life. It has several potential underlying causes, although 90% of cases stem from spinal disc herniation. This presses on the lumbar nerve or sacral nerve roots, generating intense pain. Although many cases remit spontaneously over the course of weeks or months, the pain in the meantime can be almost unbearable.

(Note:  Learn how we treat the root cause of sciatica)


Treatment for sciatica is difficult but not impossible. Physical therapy, weight control, and NSAIDs can help, but you’ll get the most benefit from a properly managed chiropractic treatment plan.


We’ve put together a list of 5 exercises you can do at home that can help reduce acute sciatica pain.  Remember:  exercises alone will not prevent sciatica or cure sciatica.  However, with the right chiropractic treatment plan, you can see significant long-term results.  That said, the right exercises can reduce pain in the short term.

It might seem counterintuitive, but exercise is actually better for sciatica pain than bed rest. Without enough movement, your muscles become deconditioned and weakened, making you more prone to back injury and strain, exacerbating the pain. Exercise programs for sciatica can depend on its underlying cause, but will almost always feature exercises that promote core strength in the back and abdominal muscles.

These 5 exercises can help relieve and prevent sciatica pain.


This stretch helps promote lower back flexibility. Starting on your back with a cushion beneath your head, bend your knees while keeping your feet straight and your legs hip width apart. With your upper body relaxed, bend one knee up toward your chest, grasping it with both hands. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.


Designed to mobilize the hamstrings and sciatic nerve, this stretch begins on a mat with a cushion under your head and neck. With your knees bent and your legs hip width apart, bend one knee up to your chest. Grasping the hamstring, slowly straighten the knee while pulling your foot toward you. Hold for 20-30 seconds.


Lie on your stomach, propping yourself up on your elbows. Keep your shoulders back, your neck long, and your back extended. Then, push down on your hands to arch up your back. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.


Standing up, raise one leg onto a stable object, such as a step or a sturdy chair. Keep the leg straight, with your foot flexed so that your toes are pointing straight up. Keeping your back completely straight, lean forward and hold for 20-30 seconds.


Laying on your back with a small cushion under your head, bend your left leg and rest your right foot on your left thigh. Then, grasp the left thigh, and pull it toward you. Keep your hips straight and your tailbone on the floor. Hold for 20-30 seconds.


Along with exercises and physical therapy, chiropractic treatment has been shown to produce improvement in sciatica symptoms. In one 2010 study, 60% of sciatica patients who received chiropractic care three times a week for four weeks experienced the same degree of relief as those who underwent surgery.

If you’re struggling with sciatica pain, reach out to us any time at Intero Chiropractic. We’re always available for a 100% free consultation, along with a full neurological exam for only $20. For sciatica patients, chiropractic care can be a significant part of an overall regimen to manage and reduce pain during recovery.

January 30, 2018

Sciatica Pain? 8 Reasons You Should Never Take Pain Pills

Sciatica can be extremely painful. Shooting pain throughout your back and your upper legs, weakness, and inability to live your normal life make sciatica pain extremely difficult to manage. Many sufferers of sciatica have turned to pain pills – ranging from low-dose aspirin to intense opioid painkillers.

However, using painkillers to treat your sciatica is a mistake – a smart chiropractic regimen from Intero Chiropractic can provide all of the pain relief benefits of medication at a fraction of the cost – and for a longer period of time.

Here are 8 reasons you should never take pain pills for your sciatica pain.


    The cost of pain medication beyond simple over-the-counter pills such as acetaminophen, naproxen, and aspirin is staggering. If you’re uninsured or your insurance doesn’t cover your medicine, a single pill of Oxycodone – a leading opioid painkiller – can cost you anywhere from $30-$50, making pain medication an extremely expensive treatment method for sciatica pain.


    Almost all powerful pain medications are opioid-based, using the same pharmacological substances as extremely addictive painkillers like morphine, and street drugs like heroin. Even using opioids temporarily can lead to addiction and extremely painful withdrawal symptoms.


    Pain medication will only help relieve your sciatica pain when you’re taking it regularly. If you ever run out of medication, forget to take it, or otherwise don’t have access to your medicine, your pain will come back with a vengeance.


    If your car’s heat gauge showed that it was about to overheat, would you just cover it up with a piece of duct tape and keep driving? This is exactly how pain pills work. They cover up the symptoms of back pain and sciatica, relieving you from the symptoms of your condition – but not offering any kind of long-term cure.


    In addition to the highly addictive properties that opioid-based painkillers have, these drugs have a ton of nasty side effects like nausea, disorientation, and even the danger of death or hospitalization if they are administered incorrectly. Even over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen, aspirin, and naproxen can cause damage to your kidney or liver if taken at non-recommended dosage.


    Doctors are sometimes sponsored by pharmaceutical companies to push their products – their desire for a kickback may cause them to recommend a dangerous or expensive painkiller for your sciatica pain.


    Since your pain medication dulls your senses and relieves you of pain, you may not be able to tell if your sciatica or lower back pain is progressing or getting better, leaving you ignorant to the extent of your condition.


    You can’t take pain pills forever, especially if they’re powerful opioids like Oxycodone and other prescription painkillers. Eventually, you’ll have to resort to other measures to treat your sciatica pain.


If you’re looking for a safe, inexpensive, long-term treatment that can help you relieve your sciatica pain, look no further than Intero Chiropractic.

Our comprehensive spinal treatment plans include physical rehabilitation, stretches, and adjustments that can help you get relief from painful sciatica nerve pain at a fraction of the cost of pain pills prescribed by a doctor.

Come into our Pleasanton, CA chiropractic office for a consultation today, and see how Intero Chiropractic can change your life by relieving you of the sciatica back pain that has been plaguing you for so long – without costly, dangerous pain pills or other treatments.

January 30, 2018

Auto Accident? Here’s How a Pleasanton Chiropractor Can Help

If you have suffered an auto accident you need to act fast! Contacting a chiropractor immediately could save you from long lasting neck and back injuries. Even if you do not feel the collision has impacted you physically, you could have sustained injuries that you are unaware of. These injuries can surface later and can get exponentially worse provided you do not take action as soon as possible.Contacting an auto accident chiropractor at Intero Chiropractic will help determine the severity of your injuries and the steps you need to take to make sure you do not experience any lasting effects.

Residents of California are well aware that auto accidents happen on a regular basis. The chances of you going your whole life without falling victim to a collision are very small. The following are some ways a chiropractor can help you after experiencing an auto accident.

Discovering The Injury

Not all of the injuries you sustain in an accident are clear right away. A broken bone or cut is an immediate injury that is usually obvious to the victim, however other symptoms can take days to rear their ugly head. In the time it takes to notice this, the damage can take on an irreversible effect.

For example, “whiplash” is caused by a sudden deceleration of your vehicle that will not necessarily show signs until days later. Soon enough you will start to feel headaches, stiffness and dizziness without a clear way of recovery. However, a chiropractor can help begin to set this straight. This is one of the most common injuries one can sustain after an auto accident and making regular appointments with a qualified chiropractor can ensure the issue does not become more severe.

To truly rule out the existing possibilities, make sure you take your chiropractor’s advice seriously and follow any steps they have recommended.

Get Treated Without Medication

The art of chiropractic treatment is celebrated for the non-invasive way it helps the body heal, using the body’s own recovery agents. The path is natural and is designed to keep you off of medication that can have addictive properties and can set you back hundreds or sometimes even thousands of dollars. Not all medication is bad, but if you prefer alternate methods of care, then chiropracty is definitely for you. By aligning your spine correctly, your muscles are strengthened by increasing the flow blood throughout your body.

The Dangers Of Waiting

A grand majority of people would rather struggle through a medical issue than seek the help of a trained specialist. You should be careful to not fall into this trap. After experiencing an auto accident, you should understand that the repercussions for not getting a potential injury checked could be detrimental. You could experience chronic pains and aches that could last the rest of your life.

Intero Chiropractic will assess the damage done by the recent auto accident. A team of experts will utilize specialized methods to follow up on nerve damage, back pain and other critical injuries you might have sustained.

January 23, 2018

11 Causes of Shoulder Pain (And What to Do About It)

Shoulder pain is extremely common. It’s estimated that around 25% of all Americans over the age of 50 suffer from some kind of shoulder pain. Given the complexity of the shoulder joints, this comes as no surprise.However, you don’t have to live with shoulder pain – as long as you understand the cause of your pain, and how Intero Chiropractic can help. Let’s take a look at the 11 most common causes of shoulder pain – and discuss your treatment options!

The Most Common Causes Of Shoulder Pain

  • Bursitis – Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs present throughout the body’s joints. They act as “cushions” reducing friction between muscle and bone. Excessive shoulder use can cause these to become inflamed – causing bursitis and shoulder pain.
  • Muscle strain/overuse – This is the most common cause of minor shoulder pain. Overusing a muscle in the shoulder, such as when golfing, playing tennis, or swimming, can cause serious shoulder pain.
  • Rotator cuff damage – The rotator cuff is composed of multiple muscles groups that hold your shoulder and upper arm in place. Overuse and accidents are the most common causes of rotator cuff damage.
  • “Frozen Shoulder” – Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this condition occurs when your shoulder’s connective tissue becomes thickened and inflamed. Over time, movements become painful, and your range of motion decreases.
  • Tendinitis – Tendinitis occurs from shoulder overuse. The tendons in your shoulders can become thickened and inflamed if you are overusing your shoulders – causing pain and stiffness, as well as occasional range-of-motion issues.
  • Tendon tears – The shoulder is very delicate, and it’s possible to tear a tendon without realizing it. An action as simple as reaching into the backseat of your car to grab a heavy bag or arresting a fall by placing your arms in front of you can lead to a painful tendon tear.
  • Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is a very common cause of shoulder pain in older active adults. Essentially, osteoarthritis is just “wear-and-tear” on your shoulder joints, caused by a lifetime of use.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis can cause shoulder pain and inflammation. Approximately 65-90% of RA patients report some level of shoulder pain and stiffness.
  • Impingement – Shoulder impingement occurs when a piece of connective tissue, such as a tendon, rubs against the shoulder blade. The shoulder blade “impinges” on your soft tissue when you raise your arm – causing pain and irritation, and limiting movement.
  • Instability – If you have previously dislocated your shoulder, instability could be the cause of your shoulder pain. Even a partial dislocation can seriously stress the muscles and tendons, leading to pain, unsteadiness, and an increased risk of re-dislocating the shoulder.
  • Fractures – Shoulder fractures are usually caused by accidents such as falls, or automotive/sports injuries. However, minor shoulder fractures may be hard to notice, especially if other issues like dislocation are present.

How Can I Treat My Shoulder Pain?

Well, that answer depends on the source of your pain! Each of the above 11 conditions requires different treatments. A minor shoulder tendon tear may simply require you to rest and minimize use – while serious fractures or rotator cuff tears could require surgery.

If you’ve been experiencing chronic shoulder pain, it’s important to find the cause – and take appropriate action to restore your life to normal! That’s why you should come to Intero Chiropractic today. Dr. Jerry Hsieh specializes in treating shoulder pain, and can help you understand the cause of your shoulder pain.

Don’t wait. Contact us now for an appointment!

January 23, 2018

Pleasanton Chiropractor Holds Charity Event to Help Abused Women

Pleasanton Chiropractor Holds Charity Event to Help Abused WomenThe Tri-Valley Haven Receives Much-Needed Recognition and Support

Pleasanton, CA, April 6th — Dr. Jerry Hsieh and his team at Intero Chiropractic hosted a successful wine tasting and educational event aptly called Wine, Women, and Wellness. The women-only event was designed to benefit Tri-Valley Haven, a local women’s shelter for battered and abused women and their families. Over 20 local businesses gave generously of their time and expertise to make this event a huge success.

Founded in 2014, Intero Chiropractic is shifting the focus away from what most people think of when they think of a chiropractor. “We get a lot of patients who come see us for traditional stuff like sciatica, but after a few sessions, they realize that we’re not just a “pop your back and send you on your way” type of clinic – we actually find and treat the root cause of your pain.” Says Intero founder Dr. Jerry Hsieh.

Intero’s first annual Wine, Women, and Wellness event was a huge success, raising over $300 for Tri-Valley Haven.

According to Tri-Valley’s own statistics, it only takes $30 to feed a homeless child for 2 days, and $200 to have an advocate at the local hospital for an entire week.
Intero Chiropractic is a Structural Chiropractic clinic that believes in giving back to the community. Specialties include treatment for sciatica, whiplash, low back pain, and injuries resulting from auto accidents. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.interochiropractic.com or call (925) 255 5805