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Tips and Tricks for At Home Sciatic Nerve Pain Management.

February 20, 2018 in Sciatica

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10 Ways to Manage Your Sciatic Nerve Pain 

There are a variety of treatment options available today for managing your sciatica pain such as physical therapy, steroid injections, and even surgery. But you may be wondering if there are any sciatica pain relief techniques that you can practice each day from the comfort of your home. Here are 10 simple treatments you can use to manage your sciatica pain at home. Remember to always consult with a doctor before trying any new treatments.

1. TENS Therapy

TENS therapy units are convenient, portable devices that you can use at home to help alleviate your sciatica pain. DR-HO’S Pain Therapy System, allows you to place the treatment pads directly on the problem area such as the buttocks, back of the thigh, or legs, and feel a relieving massage. This is fast and effective pain relief for stabbing nerve pain.

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tips and tricks for at home sciatic nerve pain management

2. Herbal Supplements

You should always consult your doctor before trying medications and herbal supplements, but if your doctor gives you the all-clear, an herbal supplement called devil’s claw has proven to be an effective anti-inflammatory. It works similarly to NSAIDs in that it actually inhibits substances that promote inflammation. This may not be an option for everyone, though, as patients who take blood-thinning medication or who have peptic ulcers should avoid this supplement.

3. Exercise

Lower back and leg pain associated with sciatica can make exercising the last thing you want to do. But staying in bed and not being active can actually make the pain worse. Try taking 15-20 minute walks each day to see if your pain improves. If walking is too painful, water aerobics and swimming are other great options. Exercising in the water puts less pressure on your back than exercising on a hard surface, and it can be effective at lessening your sciatica pain.

tips and tricks for at home sciatic nerve pain management

4. Yoga

Practicing yoga can be an incredibly effective way to achieve sciatica pain relief. Yoga is a gentle, healthy activity that you can practice at home. Yoga incorporates breathing techniques, mental focus and physical movement into one activity, all of which are beneficial when managing multiple types of pain. By improving your flexibility and strengthening your muscles, you’re also less likely to slip into postures that irritate your sciatic nerve.

5. Heat Therapy

The sciatic nerve is buried deep within the muscles and tissues of your buttocks and legs, so applying heat to the surface won’t help with the inflammation. However, it can serve as counterirritants. By applying stimulation to another location on your body, you can lessen the pain you’re experiencing in a different area. Try applying a heating pad to your painful area for 15 minutes at a time for sciatica pain relief.

6. Oral Medications 

Taking oral medications that you can get over-the-counter like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is one way to treat sciatica pain. Drugs such as ibuprofen, reduce inflammation, which is in many cases can cause of sciatica pain. If you experience painful muscle spasms as a result of your sciatica, your doctor may prescribe you additional medications such as muscle relaxants or antidepressants for you to take at home.

Drugs that are prescribed for pain-relief are powerful but can be dangerous. Experts say the United States is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, as more than two million of Americans have become dependent on or abused prescription pain pills and street drugs. It’s essential that you always consult with your doctor and be increasingly aware of the importance of taking drugs as prescribed.

7. Topical Supplements

Preparing topical supplements to apply to the painful area can also help relieve pain related to sciatica. St. John’s wort oil, cayenne pepper cream or plaster and capsaicin are three popular choices. St. John’s wort oil is an anti-inflammatory, while the capsaicin actually prevents the compounds in nerves that cause pain signals.

The ingredient Anica is being used in popular topical ointments, including DR-HO’S own Mobility Cream. Arnica is applied to the skin for pain and swelling associated with bruises, aches, and sprains. Look out for this natural ingredient in products.

8. Massages

Therapeutic massages can apply pressure to trigger points around the sciatic nerve and offer the most sciatica pain relief. Massages help you to relax and take your mind off of the pain. A lower back, buttock and thigh massage can also ease muscle pains in those areas that you may be experiencing as a result of your sciatica.

9. Foods for Sciatica Pain Relief

Your dietary habits play a large role in your overall health, as well as in your main management. Foods that are rich in magnesium and Vitamin B12 may help treat your sciatica pain. Magnesium-rich foods include apples, apricots, lima beans, and brown rice. Foods rich in B12 can be found in a supplement.

tips and tricks for at home sciatic nerve pain management

10. Stretching

Like yoga and physical exercise, stretching improves your flexibility and can strengthen your muscles, which are two important factors when it comes to pain management. It’s also a convenient, easy and quick way to provide sciatica pain relief. Simply stretch for 5-10 minutes each morning when you get out of bed.

Live Pain-Free and Start Your New Routine Today

It's easy to make small changes in everyday life to enhance your well-being and decrease sciatic nerve pain. You can start applying these lifestyle changes to your current routine to start seeing changes in your sciatic nerve pain. The sciatic nerve can often feel its worst in the morning, wake up and use DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System and engage in a morning stretch to boost your energy. For more information visit our Nerve Pain Page here >>

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