Sciatic pain can be extremely painful, and can affect anyone young or old.
Some people are told by doctors that there is no cure for sciatica and that they must learn to live with the pain.
While there is no single cure for pain associated with the sciatic nerve, there are treatments that can be done to reduce the pain to a much lower level, allowing people to live as if they had never suffered from it!
Sciatic pain comes from the sciatic nerve which runs right down the lower back, through the buttocks and all the way down the legs into the feet.
It can strike at any time and be very painful, however the following treatments are available to ensure your sciatic pain become manageable and easier to live with.
1.Heat and ice treatments
Changes in temperature can help ease the pain of sciatica, applying a heated or ice pack to effected areas will sooth the pain and helps loosen the muscles.
Visiting a physio or chiropractor can help the pain of sciatica in the long-run. There are many treatments available such as soft tissue therapy, exercises, joint mobilization, and manipulation that you can be helped with.
3. McKenzie exercises
These are specific exercises designed to help sciatic pain that are used by physiotherapists. The diagram below shows how to complete the movements.
The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture is proven to reduce pain and pain associated with stress and tension in the body. Needles are inserted into very specific places in the body which release endorphins into the body, decreasing the pain.
5. Lumbar Spine Traction and Decompression Therapy
Special therapists have equipment which decompresses the spine, allowing the disc vertebrae to become loose and then re-absorbed into their proper position. This treatment should be considered in extreme cases.
6. Anti-inflammatory and NSIAD’s
Pain medication is sometimes necessary to treat long-term painful conditions such as sciatica. Some people are put off by taking painkillers long-term but they can reduce the pain to a very manageable amount.
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