One of the most common problems that chiropractors see is sciatica pain. Many people suffer from this frustrating condition. Suffering from sciatica nerve pain can impact a person’s ability to do their job, sleep or just enjoy life. Sciatica pain is a shooting pain that often runs the entire length of your leg. The sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, typically because of a herniated or slipped disc. Pregnant women can also suffer from sciatic pain as the baby puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Poor posture can also contribute to sciatica pain. Fortunately, there are several treatments for sciatic nerve pain relief.
The sciatica nerve runs through the backs of the legs and the buttocks. Massaging these areas can often help decrease nerve inflammation and loosen muscle tension. A good massage helps improve blood circulation and eases built up tension and sciatic nerve tenderness.
Hot And Cold
Sciatic nerve pain responds well to hot and cold compresses. Begin with an ice pack. Remove that and place a hot pad on the affected area. Ice will help reduce the nerve inflammation, relieving the pain and the hot pad helps encourage blood flow and soothe muscle tension.
Over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications can also help relieve sciatica nerve pain. Look for painkillers that help relieve muscle tension and reduce inflammation.
Acupuncture has been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years. It is very effective in treating sciatica nerve pain by relieving inflammation that causes the pain. An acupuncturist uses tiny needles which are inserted into specific pressure points. Sciatica can often include painful muscle spasms. The precise location of these needles helps relieve these muscle spasms. Acupuncture also helps increase circulation and blood flow in the lower back, legs, and buttocks.
If you suffer from chronic sciatica pain, you may want to ask your doctor about prescription pain relief. Your healthcare provider can prescribe certain medications which can help treat sciatica. These medications include higher dose pain medications, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants to help increase endorphin production.
One of the best treatments for sciatica pain is to stretch the muscles involved in the pain. Gentle yoga poses or stretching can help loosen tightened muscles. Regular stretching or yoga helps keep your flexible in your lower back and improves your core strength. Flexibility and a strong core help reduce the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve.
In addition to oral pain medications, there are also topical creams that can help relieve sciatica nerve pain. These ointments are applied directly to the area. They are usually analgesic pain gels and often contain menthol. This is an ingredient that helps relax stiff muscles and blocks pain receptors.
Aids For Back Support
If you are sitting for long periods of time, you may be exacerbating your sciatica pain. Invest in a good chair with strong back support to help relieve the strain and pressure on your sciatic nerve.
These are some of the best sciatic nerve pain relief treatments. You can try them individually or in combination to treat sciatic nerve pain.