Sciatic Treatment: What You Can Do
Anyone familiar with sciatic pain knows how disabling it is, and how difficult it can be to find relief.
The burning, the numbness, the pins-and-needles sensations, and the weakness can be treated with one of several medical interventions.
But is there anything else you can do at home?
1. Pay attention to your posture!
You will look better and feel better.
If you need some relief right now, consider a few techniques you can implement yourself.
2. Proper use both of ice and heat can be effective.
Ice to the site of pain helps if you apply it within two days of the onset.
Later in treatment, compressing a heating pad on the tight lower back muscles will relieve strain.
3. S t r e t c h i n g is a very good way to reduce symptoms.
Stretching is effective in sciatic treatment.
Stretch your spine, and take pressure off the discs, and away from the nerves.
4. Spasticity of the prominent muscle of the buttocks, the piriformis muscle, can irritate the sciatic nerve.
♦Lying on one’s back and rolling the trunk muscles toward the unaffected side stretches the muscle. Easy Does It..!
Placing a tennis ball just under the tight muscle and bearing weight for about sixty seconds also releases the contracting piriformis.
Coping well with sciatica from home requires attention to body positioning.
Unless it is a chiropractic chair, in some cases it is much more painful to remain seated than it is to stand.
At the same time, do not rely completely upon the comfort of a chair or a bed.
5. Use pillows to support your hips and lower back if necessary.
6. Good sciatic treatment also includes moving about.
Less-active muscles tighten and become more difficult to use. In fact, being immobile will only exacerbate your pain. Be sure to limit the amount of time you spend lying in bed.
7. Slow your pace, but do not stop.
8. Relax, relax, relax..!
Find time to relax!
Use every tool you can to help support your new Mission to eradicate back pain.
i. Yes, they say it is easier on your back to vary between sitting and standing, with preference to standing. A Sit to Stand Ergonomic Computer Riser can help with that at your desk.
ii. Thick Floor Mats and Floor Pads for your feet complement Computer Risers beautifully. These are especially helpful in the kitchen or places of inactivity.
iii. Portable Tens Units help with tight muscles during enforced inertia.
iv. Although I am not a big fan of covering over pain, there are several temporary but effective Back Pain and Relief OTC-Over the Counter pills to help get thru a day or two.
9. If your muscles are tense, they can not only pull on the spine, but can cause a myriad of other symptoms, aggravating that ever-present, pervasive stress.
For those who can’t seem to wind down, cannot afford a masseuse, or do not have time to meditate daily, a portable Tens Unit can train your nervous system to relax while your muscles follow suit.
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10. Anti-inflammatory pain medications aid sciatica pain relief at home.
These over-the-counter drugs target the swollen irritated muscle tissue causing your symptoms.
Taken as directed, they can enable you to remain more mobile, and better prepared to benefit from additional sciatic treatment options.
Whether this is your first experience with sciatic treatment or your symptoms have recurred, remember these guidelines.
Add your own good habits to your doctor’s expertise, and you will recover quickly.