We get it, and we’re here to help. As you continue working with your chiropractor, here are some things you can do in the meantime that may help you temporarily squash the pain. And remember: each body is different. What may work for someone else, might not work for you. We know it’s tough, but it’s important to keep your mind open—you’d be surprised what kind of therapies could help you!
Here are some to try out:
Gaining popularity in the last few years, this therapy utilizes needles to stimulate the body’s healing process. In a study on acupuncture and sciatica, a test group of patients exposed to warming acupuncture found relief from sciatic symptoms because the therapy helped increase their pain threshold. They showed significant improvement when compared to two other test groups exposed to medication.
Stretching and Yoga
When it comes to sciatica and exercise, avoid the strenuous; you need to take it easy. However, inactivity can be equally as damaging, not just for your condition but your whole body. Stretching and yoga both lengthen the spine and work on posture while reducing inflammation, helping stiffness and strengthening. Plus, studies show that it’s safe and effective for those with sciatica!
An Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Inflammation of the sciatic nerve can lead to a whole litany of pain and problems. To help combat this, a change in eating habits may be in order. Taking a diet high in refined sugars, oxidized cholesterol and trans fats and replacing it with one based in whole, organic foods will help reduce inflammation. The best foods to try are fatty fish, leafy greens, dark berries and fermented vegetables.
Heat and Cold Therapies
Utilized correctly, heat and cold therapies can be very useful for many types of pain, including sciatica. When to use which depends on what kind of pain is being experienced. Heat can dull pain, loosen tight muscles and increase circulation—perfect for aches and pains. Others prefer ice, which restricts blood flow and reduces inflammation, swelling and spasms. You can also choose to alternate if need be.
Epsom Salt Soaks
Epsom salt baths are known for having restorative properties—they help draw toxins out of the body and relax the nervous system. In combination with warm water, increasing circulation and reducing inflammation, the two work together for a relaxing experience that many find beneficial for sciatic pain.