To reduce the risk of sciatica pain initially or to prevent the pain from recurring you can follow a few tips to help maintain a healthy back.
- Avoid doing too much too soon while recovering from sciatica pain. Do not lift heavy items, sit, or stand for long periods of time.
- Exercise reguarly to maintain strong abdominals and lower back muscles. Ask your doctor to recommend exercises that are appropriate for you to avoid injury.
- Always lift items correctly! Keep your back straight and bend at the knees when picking up a heavier object. Avoid twisting or bending as you lift.
- Warm-up before activity. Stretch your lower back and leg muscles before exercising.
- Be aware to use proper posture when standing, sitting, or sleeping.
If standing for a long time, rest one of your feet on a stool occasionally to redue the strain on your lower back and try not to bend forward while working. Use a supportive adjustable chair with arm rests and place your feet flat on the floor while at your desk. Sleeping on a firm mattress will help give your muscles the alignment they need while you rest.
Sciatica Home Treatments
Compression of the sciatic nerve can occur in various locations and the exact cause and location is not always known. Treating the symptoms can be helpful to manage the pain but treating the source of the compression will result in faster sciatica relief. We recommend that you see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and to determine the cause of the compression on the sciatic nerve.
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 therapeutic Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ for lasting relief of sciatica pain.