What can I do to relieve sciatica pain?

Tess Thompson

The longest nerve in the human body, the sciatic nerve, can be a source of much pain if it is compressed. The pain is often unbearable, and pain management is sometimes required in order to function on a daily basis.

Many people believe that sciatica pain is a disease whereas it is truly only a symptom of some disorder. The disorder could be related to the spinal cord or a non-spinal muscle called the piriformis.

Generally, sciatica pain occurs on one side of the body and radiates through the length of the sciatic nerve, from the lower back to your toes. Chronic sciatica pain that does not subside within three months can lead to complex physical and mental side effects. Persistent stress of chronic sciatica can bring on a chain reaction leading to further pain since it weakens the nervous system and the immune system.

Management of pain may be categorized in the following main and subcategories:

Conventional Sciatic Nerve Treatment

  • Drugs  
  • Epidurals

Sciatica Alternative Remedies

  • Home Remedies
  • Exercise & Aquatic exercise
  • Alteration in daily activities
  • Improved Nutrition
  • Natural
  • Homoeopathy
  • Ayurvedic herbs and massages
  • Chiropractic
  • Cold & Heat Therapies
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure

Conventional sciatic nerve treatment for pain relief includes pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs. In cases of severe and chronic pain, a physician may advise epidural steroid injections.

Sciatica alternative remedies include a number of options and can be chosen based on personal preferences.  Sciatica is not likely to cure itself over time and while undergoing therapy, it is important to control and manage pain. Exercise helps in healing, and a regular exercise regime can preserve mobility and functionality to a reasonable level.

It is pertinent that you alter the way you go about business in your normal schedule. Care needs to be taken that the back is not harmed and that you maintain safe practices. Make sure to follow these steps:

  • Correct posture while sitting.
  • Use of a low back support.
  • Periodic change in position while sitting to relieve stress.
  • Bend at your knees when you need to lift something. Do not put pressure on your waist.
  • Opt for a comfortable mattress that will support your back.

Nutrition is one thing that we usually do not associate with pain, and you may be surprised to know that water and oxygen are extremely necessary to maintain healthy vertebral discs.

  • Sipping water throughout the day is highly recommended.
  • Caffeinated drinks and alcohol decrease hydration and bring about cramps in muscles. Avoid them as much as you can.

Natural therapies like homoeopathy, chiropractic manipulation, ice/cold therapy, and ultrasound wave induced heat therapy are known to have given good results in sciatica pain management.

Acupressure is a system of applying pressure at vital points called Meridians. This enables free flow of the vital energy force of the body. Acupuncture, on the other hand, attempts to do the same by inserting very fine sterile needle at the appropriate Meridians.

Ayurvedic herbal remedies and massages, extremely popular in India, have a long lasting affect on loosening the muscles that have become stiff. They also help in propping the spinal column.

Some kind of pain management is extremely important since no therapy can guarantee complete elimination of pain. It allows you to manage life in a better manner.

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