Sciatica is a painful condition which may be episodic or chronic. Not a genuine condition unto itself, sciatica is, rather, a symptom of an underlying concern.
So, while it’s good to know about DIY solutions to sciatic pain, it’s also necessary that you discuss your sciatic pain with a clinical professional. This serves to apprehend the root cause of sciatica, toward resolving it.
The Sciatic Nerve
While it’s true that the sciatic nerve is associated with problems originating in the lower back, the pain from whatever condition that may be (disc herniations, bone spurs or any anomaly which impinges on the sciatic nerve) radiates down the backs of the legs.
The nerve (which is the largest in the body), originates in the lower back, then splits in two, traversing the buttocks and extending down the backs of the legs to the feet. That’s why the pain may manifest as remotely as in the toes.
The cause? Impingement on the nerve, resulting in irritation and inflammation.
Sciatic nerve pain is usually limited to only one leg.
Managing Sciatic Pain
As I’ve said, DIY solutions can help sciatic pain but they’re not going to address the underlying problem. Sciatic nerve pain is telling you something about the structures of your spine – dysfunction is present. That may be one of the conditions discussed above. Another possibility is faulty spinal alignment.
Once you’ve ascertained where the problem’s coming from, it’s much easier to address the pain effectively.
For some, physical therapy is the best path forward. For others, chiropractic care. Acupuncture is also becoming an increasingly popular solution to sciatica.
And while you’re getting the support of medical professionals, or while waiting for your appointment, there’s plenty you can do on your own to alleviate the pain.
Stretching disciplines like Yoga, for example, are enormously helpful. Strengthening the muscles of the core (not just your abdominal muscles, but your back and gluteal muscles) is another reliable strategy for combatting sciatic pain.
Visiting a physical therapist or chiropractor will also give you access to professional guidance concerning body mechanics which can help you head off misalignment of the spine at the pass by correcting items like gait and posture which may have triggered the problem.
Contrast therapy (alternating the application of cold and heat in 15-minute cycles every couple of hours) is also a proven strategy for soothing the pain of sciatica.
And let’s not minimize the influence of stress on physical pain. If you’re suffering from sciatica, you may need to consider approaches to stress reduction to help your therapy move forward.
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