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Top easy tips and tricks for relieving sciatica pain

Top easy tips and tricks for relieving sciatica pain

Top easy tips and tricks for relieving sciatica pain

Sciatica pain can be debilitating for some people, as the pain extends beyond the spine and into the legs and arms. However, you don’t have to put up with the pain and there are many tips and tricks that you can incorporate into your lifestyle to lessen the pain related symptoms associated with sciatica. Here are 5 things you can try for yourself:

1. Stretch and exercise in your bed

Treatment can begin before you even get up in the morning and there are several stretches you can perform from the comfort of your plush mattress. When you’re in pain, movement of any kind is the last thing on your mind but the pain relief these initial gentle exercises provide will be worth it in the long run.

2. Use a pain relief cushion while you drive

Driving even a short distance can cause sciatic pain to flare up and this gets even worse when you’re on a long distance journey. Stopping regularly to stretch your legs is one solution, but another trick is to use a cushion specifically designed to treat sciatic pain. They will relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve so that you can look forward to driving once again.

3. Have a massage

Use your pain as an excuse for a pamper session as a back massage can help you to relax and relieve some tension in your muscles. It doesn’t even have to be a professional massage, light some candles at home and ask a loved one to help you.

4. Swim therapy

You’re much more weightless in the water, which makes it the ideal environment for exercise when you have chronic pain. A gentle swim or even just wading through the water can loosen your muscles and increase blood circulation, all of which can help to reduce your pain.

5. Elevate your knees as you sleep

For some people, sciatic pain gets worse at night, leading to disrupted sleep and unproductive work the next day. Making subtle changes to your sleep routine, such as elevating your knees with a cushion, can drastically improve your sleep quality. This relieves pressure on your nerves giving them a chance to temporarily heal and recover.

4 Comments

  1. Gloria Jones on May 17, 2019 at 7:47 am

    I find I cannot stand for more than a minute or two. The pain from The back down through my leg is crippling. If I sit I seem to need to put my weight n the opposite side. I take strong pain killers (prescription based) and use iboprufin gel but don’t get much relief.
    I have never experienced such severe pain.

    • SPRC on May 17, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Gloria, sciatica can be incredibly painful, but thankfully for the vast majority of us the pain does subside. Any little thing that helps take the edge of the pain is move in the right direction. We really hope you are feeling better soon.

  2. Sue Atter on July 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I think my pain is sciatic pain. This is a new, different pain to me, it began about 2, to 2 and a half weeks ago,.It started in lower back, then moved through buttock, its actually not too bad sitting down, but if i have to go anywhere, even just to the bathroom is traumatically difficult & excruciatingly painful, luckily ? i have crutches, as they are useful, although walking at all is bad, just moving my leg is painful, and putting foot to the floor is excruciating, the pain is made worse by my other medical conditions [Secondary Progressive MS, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, and Hypothyroidism] the first 2 are painful in their own right, so i already take heavy doses of pain medication, – Fencino patches, [had morphine before the fencino, but that made no difference what so ever,] & Gabapentin, are just 2, but they would not really touch this pain. so having spoken to 1 of my GPs today, he explained that apparently they cut off about 8 of the pain receptors, but there is still a couple left, so new medication for that. [Diclofenic] apparently i might see a difference by tomorrow, but i should be having a steroid injection on Sat.. Day to look forward to, i feel. I just hope it works, as this pain is unbearable. I have looked through your list of helpful things, but there was nothing in there which i could do, MS precludes a lot of exercise, even swimming is out , as the MS fatigue sets in, so it looks like medication is all there is for me.
    So i am really hoping that the Diclofenic will help, and that the steroid injection will finish it off.

    • SPRC on July 6, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      Hope the Diclofenac works for you. Best regards.

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