As well as being painful, sciatica can be a debilitating symptom preventing you from enjoying day-to-day pleasures including exercise.
You may be surprised to know that hydrotherapy (using water as a treatment), combined with other methods such as the sciatic pain relief cushion and medication prescribed by your doctor, can be an effective and enjoyable sciatica treatment.
The term ‘hydrotherapy’ covers a wide range of therapies. We’ll look at a few of the most popular here.
Swimming is a great way to soothe aches and pains while keeping fit. The water has a supportive effect, taking the strain off your body. All major muscle groups are used during swimming, including the supporting muscles in the back, so this is the ideal way to build them up with little impact on your body. And don’t forget that the natural endorphins released on exercise will give you a mental boost too.
An aqua aerobics class is just like a regular aerobics class or gym workout but in the pool. Like swimming, the obvious benefit is that your body is supported by the water as you exercise and build up strength. If you’re sociable, you will also enjoy this aspect of the class.
If you fancy something a bit more laid-back, try a dip in the jacuzzi. Many jacuzzi-users report finding the warm water a pleasurable sciatic nerve treatment as the bubbles soothe away the pain. If you are not so active, this could be the ideal introduction to other forms of hydrotherapy.
With any of these methods, you’ll find that your natural buoyancy in water means you could have a greater range of movements than on dry land, and so it will be easier for you to continue to exercise.
As with all exercise regimes, consult your doctor before you start something new, and be sure to tell your teacher about your sciatica pain when starting a class.
If you’re mindful of your body and stop if you feel pain, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy the soothing benefits of hydrotherapy for sciatica relief and for an all-around health boost.