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DEALING WITH SCIATICA PAIN

The pain is radiating, like a burning rope starting at your tail bone and shooting all the way to your ankle. You feel your nerves being pinched and pulled and it is intolerable. You are experiencing sciatica nerve pain. Chiropractic spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and even surgery can be necessary means for people suffering from sciatica nerve pain. Fortunately, there are other methods that can reduce high stress levels, assist with your range of motion, protect you from further injuries, and dramatically improve your condition right at home.

1. YOGA AND STRETCHING

HIIT workouts (high-intensity interval training) and heavy weight lifting can further aggravate sciatica pain. The soothing and slow movements of yoga can counter the sensation of stiffness and inflammation while also improving posture. Daily stretching of the spine is an appropriate exercise to ease pain instead of triggering it. Click here to see yoga poses that reduce sciatica pain.

2. GET MOVING

The crippling pain of sciatica makes walking long distances more unappealing. However, sitting for many hours can further inflame the spinal discs and add to existing back pain. Taking short walks and breaking up long periods of sitting with spinal stretches can take the pressure off of your back. Next time you’re in the office, taking a lengthy road trip, or even travelling on a plane, make sure to take a walk, pull over, or even pace the aisle to soften the stress that sitting puts on your spine.

3. BACK SUPPORT

Why is sitting such a nightmare for our spines? Spinal discs cushion the vertebrae but have poor blood supply. Moving allows this blood to circulate, whereas sitting deprives these discs of nutrition and can do long-term damage. For those times that we are required to sit for long periods of time there are means to minimize spinal pressure. DR-HO'S Perfectback ™ Rest is designed to support the natural curve of the spine, massage aching muscles, and improve posture. The portable backrest can be placed atop desk chairs, car seats, and even couches where we are prone to sitting for hours at a time.

4. REDUCE INFLAMMATION 

Inflammation enhances sciatica pain and slows down the process of healing back injuries. You may be especially inflamed if you are tall, overweight, a cigarette smoker, prone to sitting for extensive periods of time, or experiencing high stress levels. The most effective way to combat this inflammation is by engaging in an overall lifestyle change. A nutritious diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and dropping those cigarettes, are a good start to appease your aggravated symptoms. Your body will thank you.

5. HEATING PADS

Heating pads are easy, portable, and effective for instantaneously soothing sciatica pain. Heat therapy dilates the blood vessels around the muscles surrounding the spine, which increases oxygen flow and helps heal damaged tissue. Heat also stimulates sensory receptors and decreases the transmission of pain signals to the brain. DR-HO'S ® Magic Heat Pad can be easily activated and placed on the lower back to stimulate these healing properties.

Get more information on sciatic nerve pain

Download the Free Sciatica Pain Management Plan for more. Discover more detailed information and educational videos by exploring DR-HO'S Living Pain Free content:

Sources:

2016 Dr. Axe. All Rights Reserved. “6 Natural Ways to Relieve Sciatica Nerve Pain.”

2003 Mooney, Vert MD. All Rights Reserved. Spine-health. “Benefits of Heat Therapy for Lower Back Pain.”

2016 WebMD. All Rights Reserved. “How to Wreck Your Back.”

 

 

 

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