Is There a Cure for Sciatica?
If you are suffering from sciatic pain, you might be wondering “will sciatica go away?” Well, unfortunately, there is no cure for sciatica, but there are many ways to help manage it so it's not so painful and disruptive to everyday life.
Sciatic nerve pain is a common, but often debilitating condition caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. It can range from a mild ache to severe pain that radiates down the lower back, buttocks, and legs. While sciatic nerve pain can be quite painful and disruptive, there are a number of natural remedies that can provide relief. The first step in treating sciatic nerve pain is to identify the underlying cause of the sciatica leg pain. Common causes of sciatic nerve pain include herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and piriformis syndrome. If the source of the pain is not obvious, a doctor should be consulted to determine the cause and recommend the appropriate treatment. Once the cause of the pain has been identified, there are several natural remedies that can be used to provide relief.
One of the most effective remedies for sciatic nerve pain is heat therapy. Applying a warm compress or taking a hot bath can help to relax tense muscles and reduce inflammation. Moist heat, such as a hot water bottle or electric heating pad, can be applied directly to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
STRETCHING EXERCISES FOR SCIATIC PAIN
Another remedy for sciatic nerve pain is exercise and daily stretching with the help of the Backbridge, a Chiropracter-designed back-stretcher. Below I have outlined 3 of my favorite Backbridge stretches for sciatica pain relief. Additionally, low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming, and yoga, can help to improve flexibility and reduce pain. Many people find sciatica relief with exercise that strengthen the core muscles. You can also try sciatica exercises such as planks and bridges, these can also help to stabilize the spine and reduce pain.
3 BACKBRIDGE STRETCHES FOR SCIATICA RELIEF
Piriformis and Outer Hip Stretch: Place your buttocks on the highest point of the Backbridge and lie back on the mat. With both knees bent, cross one leg over the other. Wrap your hands behind your uncrossed leg (or bottom knee) and gently pull them towards you. Keep the foot of the crossed leg flexed to protect your knee. Switch legs and repeat.
Piriformis Eagle Wrap Twist: Lie on your side with your hip on the highest point of the Backbridge, with your knees bent, and interlock your upper lower leg. Your upper torso and shoulders should remain flat on the mat with your arms out in a "T". Repeat on opposite sides, holding each stretch for 25 seconds.
Piriformis Stretch in Pigeon Pose: Using levels 1, 2, or 3 of the Backbridge (level 3 gives you the deepest stretch), place on the leg below the knee on the Backbridge, keeping it extended straight behind you. Bend the opposite knee beneath you in front of the Backbridge. See photos for different variations of this stretch. Other natural remedies for sciatic nerve pain include massage and acupuncture. Massage can help to relax tense muscles and reduce inflammation, while acupuncture can increase blood flow and reduce pain. Both therapies should only be performed by a trained and certified practitioner.
WHY DO SCIATICA STRETCHES WORK?
Stretching is a way to strengthen your muscles and improve the durability of your joints – both of which can degrade when you are suffering from sciatic pain. Stretching can also loosen muscles that have become inflamed and are pressing on the sciatic nerve. So, for many people stretching is an effective sciatica treatment, but if you have questions, you can always consult your doctor first.
OTHER TIPS TO HELP WITH SCIATIC PAIN
In addition to these remedies, there are several lifestyle changes that can help to reduce sciatic nerve pain. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding activities that place strain on the lower back, such as lifting heavy objects, can reduce the risk of further injury. Standing desks and taking breaks during long periods of sitting also can help remedy pain and discomfort. I have always stressed how important it is important to practice good posture and ergonomics. Sitting for long periods of time can put a strain on the lower back and aggravate existing sciatic nerve pain. Taking frequent breaks and using an ergonomic chair or standing desk can help to reduce strain on the lower back. As always, if your symptoms persist or worsen, a doctor should be consulted as soon as possible to determine and recommend appropriate treatment plans moving forward.