5 overlooked sciatica remedies that could help you Anyone who has ever experienced sciatica knows what an agonising pain it can be and how it can impact on daily life.
Sciatica is defined as pain or discomfort associated with the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down and buttocks down into the back of the legs to the feet. It's the longest nerve in the body! Pain occurs when there's pressure on, or damage to, the sciatic nerve. The most common cause of sciatica is a disc prolapse also known as disc herniation or slipped disc, but lumbar degenerative disc disease, bone spurs, lumbar spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, piriformis syndrome, or spinal tumors can all result in sciatica. A cold pack can reduce inflammation, which is associated with sciatic nerve pain, whilst heat helps to increase the blood flow to this area. Alternating both cold and heat can give positive results in reducing pain and inflammation. Roger Henderson, our resident GP, says: ''Initially, you might get relief from a cold pack placed on the painful area for up to 20 minutes several times a day. Use an ice pack or a package of frozen peas wrapped price of oakley sunglasses in a clean towel and do not apply for more than a few minutes. After two to three days, apply heat to the areas that hurt. Use hot packs, a heat lamp or a heating pad on the lowest setting. If you continue to have oakley dart sunglasses pain, try alternating warm and cold packs.'' 2. Try stretchingStretching exercises for your lower back can help relieve nerve root compression, advises Roger. He says to avoid jerking, bouncing or twisting during the stretch, and try to hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds. He says that if he knows the sciatica is not a result of a serious back injury, such as a disk prolapse, he will use a technique called neural flossing. ''Nerves don't stretch, and they're not a big fan of tension either. Nerves need to be able to slide and move freely without becoming 'snagged'. This snagging of the sciatic nerve creates tension in the nerve, and this can often lead to sciatic pain. Neural flossing is a method by which you can mobilise the nerve and ease any tension placed on it. With neural flossing it's important the nerve isn't put under further tension. Instead, it is 'flossed'.'' 3. Get a massageA massage will not only relax the muscles in your back, it can help oakley sunglasses sale loosen muscles, tissues that are effected by the sciatic nerve, whilst also improving blood flow. Michele Pernetta, one of the UK's leading yoga teachers and founder of Fierce Grace says oiling the body is incredible for nerve pain. She says: ''Use sesame oil or buy the Pukka "Mahanarayam oil" from a health food store, heat it and massage it in all over the body especially affected area and the soles of the feet. The effect on sciatic pain is less clear, but Michele says that the heat in hot yoga can be good for it. ''Oil the body before and/or after, but do the modifications to not overstretch the hamstrings. Stop stretching your legs as this can aggravate sciatica. Stretch your lower back with your knees bent.'' 5. Take it easyDon't forget to take it easy, says Roger. But don't simply lie in bed because this has been shown to actually worsen the condition. ''Do activities you are able to tolerate, and do not expect to feel better overnight.'' The materials in this web site are in no way intended to replace the professional medical care, advice, diagnosis or treatment of a doctor. The web site does not have answers to all problems. Answers to specific problems may not apply to everyone. If you notice medical symptoms or feel ill, you should consult your doctor for further information see our Terms and conditions.
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