11 Effective Ways to Relieve Sciatica Pain

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 22, 2014

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Sciatica refers to the pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful. Here are the best ways to relieve it.
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    Sciatica

    Sciatica refers to the pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful. Here are the best ways to relieve it. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Avoid Heavy Lifting

    It's good for your sciatic nerve to stay in shape and healthy. You should stay active and exercise regularly. However, avoid any sort of heavy lifting as it may compress the nerves causing mild to severe pain. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Acupuncture

    Take frequent acupuncture sessions from a professional as it can help you a lot with the pain. Make an appointment with an acupuncture expert and have someone drive you and carry you if necessary. You can also ask the expert to use moxa and herbal remedies along with acupuncture. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Ice

    Ice packs work wonders with sciatica pain. Apply an ice pack on the lower back near the buttocks and place another ice pack across the front hip area. Place the ice there for around 20 minutes. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Heat

    Once you get relief after using the ice packs, replace them with heating pads. Changing temperatures promotes circulation and improves healing process. However, apply the heating pad only after keeping the ice pack for about 20 minutes. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Back Brace

    Wear a back brace to support your back while you perform heavy exercises or other physical activities. It will reduce the strain on the nerve. Avoid sitting or standing for long without the back brace as it can compress the injured area even more. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Massage

    Stimulating the nerve with a massage can provide immediate relief as well as assist the muscles out of spasm. Deep tissue massage or localized deep pressure massage from a professional or a friend can be very helpful. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Medications

    Take medications prescribed by your medical care provider to reduce swelling. It will not only reduce the inflammation but also reduce pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be purchased over-the-counter and are effective in relieving pain due to minor sciatica. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Stay Hydrated

    Drink loads of water to replenish the fluids and reduce inflammation to help the nerves. After increasing your fluid intake you will soon be able to ease the pain. However, make sure you drink more water and avoid unhealthy drinks. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Herbs

    Use anti-inflammatory herbs that are considered very effective for the nerves to soothe the pain. Determine the dosage based on your history with such treatments, severity of the pain, and sensitivity to such herbs, other medications you are taking and your body weight. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Rest

    The best way to treat sciatica pain is to get ample rest and sleep. Avoid standing or sitting and stay in a comfortable lying position for as long as you can. Also make sure you get at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Breathe

    Deep breathing brings oxygen to every cell in the body, and allows you to initiate healing without moving. Follow these effective steps to quickly ease your sciatica pain. Image Courtesy: Getty

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