The sciatic nerve from the spine goes to the feet and provides the capacity and strength to the body to function properly. If you have already experienced sciatica pain, you know how unpleasant it is. Prevention is the best policy, so do not wait until the pain begins. Sciatica pain is difficult to identify and relieve, because the sciatic nerve has ramifications throughout your body. It can be more or less intense and may occur in the lower back or take the form of joint pain or pain in the lower limb. Here’s how to fix it.
Never underestimate the power of ice to your injury. Use a scarf or bandage to comfortably wrap the ice pack around the affected area. Apply it for about 15-20 minutes, once every 1-2 hours if possible. It is recommended to interpose a cloth or paper towel between your skin and the ice.
- Warm compresses
After the ice, apply a warm compress. Heat penetrates deeper than the ice, so it can reach the sciatic nerve more effectively. The combination of hot and cold compresses stimulates circulation.
This alternative treatment is excellent against sciatica pain, because it targets your muscle and neurogenic pain. The insertion of fine needles into your skin promotes energy flow and circulation, relieving pressure and sore nerve.
If you have time and you know a reputable massage therapist, get a massage. Scientific studies show that a good massage can increase the range of motion and significantly reduces sciatic pain. Massage also stimulates circulation, facilitating the natural healing process of your body.
You can do some stretching between two activities; for example, when you watch TV, wait for your children after school or walk your dog in the park. Stretching improves circulation, strengthens your muscles and thus provides a good general fitness. When your body is strong, you are less prone to sciatica; then use stretching as a preventive treatment.
- Good Posture
This technique can give you memories of childhood, but the strict rules of good posture imposed on you may have had some merit. Pulling your shoulders back and sitting up straight is better for your circulation. Keeping your body in a bent position will increase your chances of pinching a nerve.
A tip for bedtime: When you sleep on your back try putting a pillow under your knees, when you sleep on a side place a pillow between your knees. In both cases, the pillow will relieve the pressure on the lower back, which is the most common place to sciatic pain.