The natural instinct when pain hits you hard is to take medications and then sit or lie as still as possible and wait for the worst discomfort to abate.
With the right level of support for sciatic pain, rest can certainly bring relief.
However, there is a strong body of opinion that this should also be accompanied by gentle exercise such as walking, especially with recurrent sciatica that interferes with daily living.
Steps to relieving sciatic pain
Walking is actually one of the most often overlooked remedies for problems with the sciatic nerve. Especially as this is a medical issue that often manifests itself as searing pain in the leg, and even numbness in the foot.
In fact, low impact aerobic exercise – such as a gentle walk – can be more beneficial than long periods of bed rest and keeping your body immobile.
This is partly as it avoids the discomfort that can originate from keeping your limbs still for long periods! The benefit is also because walking helps release endorphins, a hormone with proven ability to reduce inflammation around your sciatic nerve, so alleviating the pain you feel.
That’s not to say walking always works, as it can worsen your symptoms if you do it ‘wrong’!
It helps if you are careful with your posture. For example, as you ‘perambulate’, keep your body upright and try to let your whole body be part of the forward motion. Scrunching over or holding yourself stiff as you walk could worsen symptoms or add new issues!
Start by going for short walks to alleviate your sciatic pain too and go further if you feel you have the energy and confidence.
In praise of rest
The same attention to how your body is supported applies to resting to help remedy sciatic pain of course. For instance, curling or leaning incorrectly compresses the areas around the sciatic nerve, making it more likely to hurt!
Our Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is designed to help when you’re driving or working, but also when resting.
No single way of managing sciatic pain works equally well for everyone. The trick is to explore various remedies to find one or a combination that brings you relief.
So step forward or sit down and aim for good posture.