Try these newly discovered treatments for sciatic pain!
By ChrisB • November 13, 2017 • Sciatic Treatments
Sciatic Treatment: What You Can Do
If you are familiar with sciatic pain then you know all too well how disabling it is and the difficulty in finding relief. The numbness, burning, pins-and-needles sensations, and weakness can all be treated with one of the several medical interventions. The question is, can you do it at home? If you need some relief right now, then please consider a few sciatica treatments that you can implement yourself.
The proper use both of heat and ice can be very effective. Putting ice on the site of pain helps if you apply it within two days of the onset. Later in treatment, pressing a heating pad on the right lower back muscles will help relieve strain.
A very good way to reduce symptoms is Stretching
Stretching is very effective in sciatica treatment. Spasticity (a condition in which certain muscles are continuously contracted) of the prominent muscle of the buttocks, the piriformis muscle, can irritate the sciatic nerve. Lying on your back and rolling the trunk muscles toward the unaffected side stretches the muscle. Placing a tennis ball just under the tight muscle and bearing weight for about sixty seconds also releases the contracting piriformis.
To cope well with sciatica from home requires paying close attention to body positioning. In some cases, it is much more painful to remain seated than it is to stand. If you have a particular posture that causes excess pain, then limit that activity. At the same time, do not rely completely on the comfort of a chair or a bed. You should use pillows to support your hips and lower back if necessary.
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. Slow your pace, but do not stop.
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Anti-inflammatory pain medications can help 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.