Sciatica is a pain that radiates along the sciatic nerves. This nerve originates in the lower spine and can be thought of as a hub for several nerves from your back. It branches out from the spine and splits out to both of the buttocks, and then travels all the way down the middle of your legs to your feet. The sciatic nerves are the longest nerves in the body, and passes between layers of deep gluteal tissue.
The pain can vary from moderate to severe. Even simple things like sneezing, coughing, walking, or even rolling over in bed can become painful. The pain can be excruciating for some, and can flare up unexpectedly.
There are several ways to treat sciatica pain, from medication to lifestyle changes. One of the best ways to manage this pain is to have an active lifestyle and maintain strong core muscles. Be sure to get plenty of rest as well. Here are five ways to reduce sciatic nerve pain:
Yoga is one of the most gentle and effective ways to get in shape and improve your flexibility. Doctors and physical therapists often advise patients to practice certain poses to target the affected area. That being said, you've got to limit stress on your lower back.
The least you can do is to give your back a gentle stretch. The video below shows a quick, one-minute stretching routine that helps to relieve sciatica. You can do this whenever you have a moment to spare.
Sciatica pain can often cause your lower back muscles to tighten up, which only makes the pain and inflammation worse. A nice, relaxing, deep-tissue massage can really help relieve those sore muscles and loosen them back up.
3. Hot And Cold Compress:
Alternating hot and cold treatments for sciatica can really help with the pain. Ice packs help reduce inflammation, while heating pads and warm baths help stimulate blood flow.
4. Standing Up:
With desk jobs being more and more common these days, most of us spend the majority of our days sitting down. Even when we travel by car, trains, planes or ships, we're sitting down. All that sitting can aggravate an inflamed lower back, making it stiff. If you can get a standing desk - that's great! At the very least, however, you should try to stand up as often as possible.
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H/T: Sun Gazing