Seven Ways To Relieve Sciatica

sciatica relief advice fro our stoke chiropractorThe sciatic nerve is the longest and widest single nerve in the body, running from the lower back, hips, buttocks, down the back of the thigh to the heel and sole of the foot. Sciatica is the term used to describe pain or symptoms originating from the sciatic nerve usually due to the nerve being compressed or irritated.

Sciatica can in some cases be extremely painful. Typically, sciatica symptoms are felt along the path of the sciatic nerve and may include:

  • Pain: The pain experienced can vary from a mild ache to a constant burning sensation or shooting pains from the lower back down to the foot.
  • Numbness: Numbness may often be experienced in the back of the leg accompanied by a tingling sensation or weakness.

Most commonly sciatica will affect one side, with the leg feeling heavy on that side. Sitting, standing up, bending forward, twisting or lying down can make the symptoms feel worse. Sneezing or coughing may also make symptoms worse.

A mild case of sciatica will usually get better within 4 to 6 weeks. There are effective ways that can help relieve sciatica and speed up recovery. However, you should visit your GP if the pain continues for more than a few weeks or is getting worse or is stopping you from doing your normal activities.

In this post, our Stoke chiropractor shares some of the effective ways for relieving sciatica.


Ways To Relieve Sciatica

#1 – Get Moving And Start Gentle Exercise

The last thing you may be thinking when you are suffering sciatica is to move around and start doing some gentle exercises. However, sitting or lying down for long periods is not going to help you.

Taking gentle low intensity exercise every day can help. Walking is a great example of a low intensity exercise.

If your pain level is severe or if you are experiencing extreme tingling, numbness, or sensitivity to touch see your GP immediately.

Also, if you are experiencing other health conditions or have not exercised in a while, you should check with your GP before commencing a new exercise program.


#2 – Stretch Daily

Incorporating gentle stretches into your daily routine can be helpful for combating the symptoms of sciatica.

Get into the habit of stretching when you wake in the morning and just before you go to bed. You can also stretch during the day while at work or relaxing in front of the television.

This video shares a few stretches, however, you should check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your condition before undertaking these stretches.


#3 – Reach For The Heat Pad and Ice Pack

Alternating between using a head pad and ice pack can bring relief from the sciatic nerve pain. Apply the ice pack every hour for 15 minutes, then apply the heat pad every 2 to 3 hours for 15 minutes.

Remember to use a barrier, such as a towel, between your skin and the ice pack and heat pad.


#4 – Improve And Vary Your Posture

Your posture may be contributing to your sciatica. Check your posture throughout the day and if you find yourself slouching, straighten yourself up. Also, to help take the pressure off your spine, adjust your position every 20 minutes.


#5 – Visit Your Pharmacist

Visit your pharmacist and ask their advice about medication that could help relieve the pain.


#6 – Deep Tissue Massage

Massage can help release any muscular tension which may be contributing to your sciatica. It can also help reduce pain levels and restore mobility by improving blood flow to the muscles in the lower back.


#7 –  Visit A Chiropractor

Chiropractic treatments can be effective at relieving the symptoms of sciatica. A chiropractor can perform spinal manipulation and mobilisation techniques that provide pain relief. As has been covered, exercise is important and a chiropractor will be able to advise on exercises you can do at home.


Visiting Our Stoke Chiropractic Clinic

If you are suffering sciatica or believe that you may be, seeking an early accurate diagnosis is important to ensuring that you get the right treatment. When you visit our chiropractic clinic, your chiropractor will undertake a comprehensive consultation and physical examination to diagnose your condition and find the root cause of your problem.

To book an appointment with one of our chiropractors at City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke, call 01782 848 184 or you can book an appointment on our website here.