Sciatica Pain

Sciatic nerve pain management

There is nothing worst than having a pinched sciatic nerve, here are some basic self management techniques to help give some relief.

Sciatica pain is caused by an irritation, inflammation, pinching or compression of a nerve in the lower back. The most common cause is a herniated or slipped disk that causes pressure on the nerve root. Most people with sciatica get better on their own with time and self-care treatments.

Sleeping with your knees elevated may alleviate your painful symptoms by minimizing the pressure your lumbar discs place on your nerve roots. Lie flat on your back—keep your heels and buttocks in contact with the bed and bend your knees slightly towards the ceiling. Place a pillow or rolled up towel under your knees while sleeping. 

Place a pillow between your legs. Research suggests that sleeping on your side may be protective against spinal pain. If you’re a side sleeper, placing a pillow between your thighs or legs may help reduce pressure on the spine.

How do you untrap your sciatic nerve?

Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out straight in front of you. Bend your right leg, putting your right ankle on top of the left knee. Lean forward and allow your upper body to reach toward your thigh. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. ..Repeat on the other side. This helps stretch the tiny piriformis muscle, which sometimes becomes inflamed and presses against the sciatic nerve, causing pain.

Alternating heat and ice therapy can provide immediate relief of sciatic nerve pain. Ice can help reduce inflammation, while heat encourages blood flow to the painful area (which speeds healing). Heat and ice may also help ease painful muscle spasms that often accompany sciatica.

Applying Heat,  A hot bath, hot water bottle or wheat bag placed on the painful area or a muscle rub such as deep heat or Tiger balm applied to the painful area will help relax the muscles that may be constricting the sciatic nerve.

Acupressure points for relieving hip pain, lower backaches, and sciatic pain. Having these acupressure points both illustrated on an anatomical drawing and seeing how to press them in a photo – makes it clear where these points are located as well as how to press them. 

For best results press down and inward gradually, towards the center of your pelvis, and hold firmly for a couple of minutes, then release gradually. So many people suffer from pain deep in this pelvic area. 

Acupressure point location for B 48 is one to two finger widths outside the large bony area at the base of the spine (sacrum) and midway between the top of the hipbone (iliac crest) and the base of the buttocks.

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