Ten Tips to Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain
The sciatic nerve goes across the buttock and runs down the leg clear to the toes. People complain of a pain that radiates from the hip down the thigh clear to the toes and is a pain that is quite difficult to ignore. The inflammation if the sciatic nerve can have many causes including a slipped disc, pinched nerves, and for many improper posture. The sciatica usually heals on its own within a few days or even a few weeks. There quite a few things that can help you feel better when your sciatic nerve is acting up.
Heat and ice
An ice pack may reduce inflammation that is associated with sciatic nerve pain. Heat helps to increase the blood flow to this area. Alternating both cold and heat can give positive results in reducing pain and inflammation.
Over the Counter Medications
Over the counter medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation, reduce pain and act as temporary pain relief.
If the pain gets too intense, some people may require prescribed medications such as muscle relaxants and in some cases, anti-depressants. These medications help by not only blocking the messages of pain the brain receives, it also helps the production of endorphins which is a natural painkiller.
A massage not only helps relax the muscles in the back it can and loosen some of the muscles that are affected by the sciatic nerve. It helps circulation in the back, and if you suffer from chronic sciatic discomfort, massage is a good prevention.
Stretching can offer good support for the back. Certain stretches for the sciatica can help release the tightness and relax the muscles. In addition, stretching is good prevention.
Some people find relief in topical pain relievers. Many of the analgesics have menthol and which can help aid in blocking pain receptors and relax the tissues and muscles.
Sitting in a hot Jacuzzi or whirlpool may enhance circulation and relax muscle tissue which in turn could help inflammation. Heat can aid with muscle spasm and inflammation and movements of the water can act as a gentle massage relaxing the back.
Physical therapy can include a variety of modalities that include massage, electrotherapies, and exercises. These therapies are intended to help reduce pain, inflammation and muscle spasms. Physical therapy also consists of education and training to learn about correct movements and postures that can best help you and your sciatic nerve.
Support and Posture
Sitting on hard or uneven surfaces can aggravate the sciatic nerve therefore, making sure there is good support and posture can help. If you sit at a desk, having a chair that tilts a bit and shifts your weight can reduce stress on the lower back creating less pressure and pain. A firm yet cushioning mattress can help. Sleeping with side bent knees can also help align posture while you are sleeping.
Acupuncture is the use of small needles placed in specific areas to help relieve pain and inflammation. Acupuncture help can reduce muscles spasm and inflammation associated with the sciatic nerve by improving blood flow to the lower back and increasing circulation. It helps relax muscles and may increase flexibility.
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