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Sciatic Nerve Relief - Pain Relief from Sciatica

Updated on March 14, 2010

Back Stretch for Sciatic Nerve Relief

Sciatic Nerve Relief - What You Need to Know

Looking for sciatic nerve relief? Sciatica is actually a very common back-related problem in which the sciatic nerve, a major cluster of nerve endings that send signals from your lower back all the way down to your ankles, is being pinched somewhere along its path, and you experience a painful, sometimes tingly sensation of pain radiating downward through your body, sometimes all the way to your toes. Pain medications can help dull the pain, but if you keep going about your daily life like normal, your sciatica back pain probably won't go away anytime soon. So what do you need to do?

First you need to understand the problem so you can fix it. The most common reason people need pain relief from sciatica is that a disc in your spinal cord is out of alignment somewhere, and the pressure of its unnatural position is forcing the disc into an elongated shape that puts pressure on the nearby sciatic nerve.

Spinal Discs and Sciatia

A herniated disc is almost exactly the same situation as a bulging disc, except more severe. Basically, you have the nucleus of the spinal disc having actually broken out, and the contents slipping outside of their protective shell and pressing against the sciatic nerve.

Another common cause is injury or putting too much strain on your back, and actually physically pinching the sciatic nerve by having your body move in ways it's not accustomed to. Sciatic pain due to car accidents is especially common.

Now that you know what's creating your sciatia pain, how do we fix it? Well, the good news is that in most cases your body will be able to heal itself in a few weeks. Even people with herniated, or full breached, discs find that the nucleus of the disc will return to its original position if it's given the chance.

What To Do to Get Pain Relief from Sciatica

Anything that pulls your spine tighter, like sitting, will probably be the most painful for you, so you should try to stay standing or being lying down as often as possible. If you must sit, there are some ergonomic office chairs that lean back pretty far so that your spine can be as expanded as possible.

Gentle walking is one of the best things you can do to speed along your recovery and get pain relief from sciatica. Many yoga activities also focus on stretching the spine, which will provide you more pain relief by creating more space between each disc in your spinal column. Doing back stretches will move your spine around, and might help get everything back in alignment to reduce your pain.

As long as you don't put any stress on your back, and don't do anything that compresses your spine more than you absolutely must, you should feel significantly better within three weeks. If you don't, it may be time to visit a spine specialist. There are a few types of back surgeries that may correct your sciatica problem and fix your spine, but those options are best consulted with a qualified physician.

For the most part, pain relief sciatica can be found through stretches, resting your back, and gentle exercise to keep your body strong enough to stand straight and keep some space between every vertebrae in your back.


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