Obtaining and maintaining relief from sciatic pain is an ongoing daily process. Once you’ve been diagnosed with sciatica, a daily exercise routine (usually morning and evening) of stretching and strengthening the lower back is essential. It’s not enough to get through the initial acute phase of sciatic pain; it’s important work diligently to prevent future episodes of lower back injury as well.
Minimizing the stress on the lower backis a necessary part of long-term sciatic pain relief. Supporting the lower back while sitting and avoiding standing for prolonged periods cannot be emphasized enough as effective ways to get relief from sciatic pain. Likewise,good posture at all times helps spread out the support responsibilities of the vertebrae, which reduces pressure on the affected area.
One thing that is not generally recommended for sciatic pain relief is complete bed rest. It’s important to maintain good muscle tone, especially in the lower back.Better muscle tone means the spine is not doing all the support work – it’s shared by strong muscles.
Sciatica Home Treatments
If the compression is caused by swelling, you can reduce your pain by applying a Freezie Wrap® when the pain first occurs, to alleviate the swelling that is causing the compression on the nerve. Once the initial pain is reduced, treat the soft tissue inflammation with cold compression therapy for relief of sciatica pain.