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5 Effective Ways for Dealing with Sciatica Pain
September 27th, 2017 MagniLife

One minute, you’re fine, and the next minute, you have a burning, tingling, and numbing pain that starts in the low back and radiates all the way down to your knee. That pain is sciatica, and you’re hardly alone. It’s estimated that 5%-10% of people who deal with low back pain are victims of sciatica nerve pain, and it can be debilitating. While some of those people end up having surgery to relieve this pain in the lower back, buttocks, and legs, many are able to get the relief they need on their own. From exercises to over-the-counter medications, you can take your health into your own hands.

Do Some Yoga

You might not feel like moving around if you have burning, tingling, and numbing pains, but a little movement can do your body some good. In a study published in the journal Pain, researchers discovered that Iyengar Yoga therapy reduces pain intensity by 64% and functional disability by 77% in people who experience pain in the lower back. Yoga helps you become more flexible, and you can learn to avoid postures that aggravate your sciatica nerve pain. That’s a great reason to grab your yoga mat and head to the local gym.

Do Your Stretches

The right stretches will reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve, which means you will have less pain moving forward. It’s a good idea to do some stretches every day to limit your pain.

The sitting spinal stretch is a great way to start your routine. Sit down on the ground and extend your legs straight in front of you. Flex your toes toward the sky. Then, cross your right leg over your left one, keeping the right knee bent. Put your right foot flat on the ground. Then, place your left elbow on the outside of the right knee, turning your body at the same time. Hold this position for a full 30 seconds, and then repeat it. Switch sides to stretch out the other side of the back.

The standing hamstring stretch will also help reduce sciatic nerve pain. Find a surface that comes up to your hip, such as a chair or a staircase. Put your right foot on top of the surface, pointing your toes to the sky. Keep your leg straight and then rotate your body forward at the hip, grasping your toes with both hands. Hold this pose for a full thirty seconds and then switch sides.

Improve Your Posture

Have you ever noticed that your leg and back pain gets worse when you sit? That’s because the act of sitting puts a lot of stress on the sciatic nerve. Reduce the stress by sitting with proper posture. This might take some practice, but it will pay off.

Elevating your feet is an easy way to reduce the stress on your sciatic nerve. You should also sit up straight with your back and your buttocks pressed against the back of the chair. If you find yourself moving out of this position, correct it.

Get Up and Move

Even if you have the right posture, you can’t sit the day away. If you do, you will feel more of that awful burning and tingling pain in your lower back, buttocks, and legs. Get up every hour and walk around, and consider getting a standing desk to limit your sitting.

Take Over-the-Counter Medications

Over-the-counter medications are a quick and easy way to zap painful sciatica symptoms. Medications like Leg & Back Pain Relief provide fast relief without the side effects that come with prescription narcotics. This medication comes in both,  ingestible and topical form, and it can be used to treat pain or to prevent symptoms from occurring. With no known side effects and fast relief, this is an excellent way to eliminate pain in the lower back, buttocks, and legs and get your life back under control.

Sciatic nerve pain can be debilitating, but it doesn’t have to control your life. Working with your doctor, the right combination of over-the-counter medications, exercise, and lifestyle modifications will reduce the pain and give you some power back. If you feel out of control, try these techniques. You will be amazed by how well they work.