Sciatic nerve discomfort can be extremely painful and even debilitating, but there is good news for those of you who are suffering. There are various ways in which you can get rid of sciatic pain, and when used in combination, you will find some much-needed relief.
Yes, massaging is a great way to help relieve sciatic pain. One massage will only relieve pain temporarily, but regular massages can do a lot more than that. One reason this helps to decrease pain and inflammation is by promoting healthy blood flow. A good massage for the back of the legs and the buttocks will help get rid of some tenderness and decrease tension due to a pinched or injured sciatic nerve. Keep in mind that these massages can be painful, but the long-term benefits are usually quite large.
Heat and Cold
Another fairly effective way to help relieve sciatic pain is to use both heat and cold as a treatment. It is usually recommended to use cold treatment within 72 hours of any injury occurring, while heat is usually recommended for injuries that are a bit older. Try an ice pack or a heated pad wrapped in a towel, but be careful not to burn or freeze your skin. To be clear, some people benefit more from cold, while others benefit more from heat, so you may need to do a bit of trial and error with this one.
There are poses that can help to relieve sciatic pain. It’s all about rotating the hip externally to relieve severe sciatic pain. Here are some of the best poses and stretches to help provide some relief.
Reclining Pigeon Pose
To do this pose, lie on your back and pull your right leg up to a right angle, and clasp your hands behind your thigh. Then, lift your left leg and put your right ankle on your left knee. Hold the position for a few seconds, then repeat with the other side.
Sitting Pigeon Pose
For this pose, sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Bend your right leg and put your ankle on the left knee, then lean forward and move your upper body towards your thigh. Hold this pose for a few seconds, then repeat with the other side.
Forward Pigeon Pose
Kneel on the ground with your hands on the ground, so you are on all fours. Take your right leg and move it forward on the ground. Your lower leg should be horizontal to your body while your right foot needs to be in front of your right knee.
Stretch out your left leg so it’s all the way out behind you on the ground, then shift your body weight from your arms to your legs. Sit straight up with your hands on either side of your legs. Finally, lean your upper body forward over your front leg, using your arms to support your weight.
Knee to Opposite Shoulder
Simply lie on your back, bend your right leg, and clasp your hands around the knee. Bring the right knee up to your chest and then rotate it to the left across your body. Hold it there for a while, then repeat with the other side.
Sitting Spinal Stretch
Sit on the ground, back straight, legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee upwards and then move the right ankle over the left knee. Follow this by rotating your torso to the right, place your left elbow onto your right knee pushing it slightly to your left, hold the position, and then repeat with the other side.
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Find an object that is roughly hip height, place your right ankle on it with your leg stretched out, and slowly move your torso down while holding your right ankle. Repeat for both sides.
What we talked about above more or less amounts to yoga, at least somewhat. However, you may not be able to, or even know how to perform some of these poses and stretches properly on your own. Therefore, a good solution to help relieve sciatic pain can be to see a physical therapist. They will help to create an exercise and stretching routine to help relieve sciatic nerve pain and target specific areas of the body. You may even learn about some specialized stretching techniques that you can then do at home.
Not all people may want to resort to pain-killing drugs to get rid of sciatic pain, but then again, if nothing else works, you may need something that will help get rid of the pain. Over-the-counter painkillers such as Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, and similar options can all help temporarily relieve this kind of pain.
It’s more of a band-aid and not a permanent solution, but you will get a few hours of relief at least. If over-the-counter drugs are not working, you may want to consult a physician or specialist and seek a more powerful prescription pain relief option.
Acupuncture is often regarded as an Eastern type of medicine, and is not 100% proven to work in all cases, and there may be more scientific study required on it, but a lot of people with sciatic pain swear by it. Those tiny needles inserted into your body at specific pressure points are said to help balance energies and help relieve various forms of pain and inflammation. It’s not something that works for everybody, but is worth a shot.
Soaking In Epsom Salts
Epsom salts are known for having some fairly beneficial effects for people with sciatic pain. A hot bath loaded with Epsom salts will provide your body with a lot of magnesium, which in some cases can help relieve pain and inflammation, especially in combination with a warm, soothing bath.
If you have sciatic pain, and one form of treatment doesn’t work for you, don’t give up, because there are many available paths out there. You just have to find the right one, or a combination of them, which work best for you.