Key Sciatica Pain Relief Techniques

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There are many tried and true ways of non-invasive treatment for sciatica pain. Like anything, all it takes is time and patience to encourage healing and fully rehabilitate. After this, one can return back to work feeling alive again.

Sciatica is a symptom of pain down your leg as a result of the nerve being pinched somewhere along its length. Most likely it is being pinched by a tissue in your spine that is supposed to be acting as a shock absorber between the bony parts of your spinal column. What you many not know is how to treat this injury properly so it can heal back into place again. You want to feel normal again and the best way to do this is to fix the source of the pain so to get complete sciatica pain relief.


New Injuries Cause Inflammation so treat it

With a new injury deep within your lower back this injured site is going to swell even if you don’t see it. Start taking a cold compress and apply this once in a while you rest onto your lower back to bring down the swelling. You can also take anti-inflammatory medication but don’t let this fool you into thinking you can go back to work and vacuum the entire house because you have a serious injury that can get worse with long periods of sitting, bending, lifting, or even standing. For the next few days rest and used cold compress and then alternate to hot compress. The cold will reduce swelling and the heat will increase circulation to the injured area. For true sciatica pain relief you need to prevent any activity that will worsen the symptoms and allow time for healing to start happening.


Stretches and Gentle Exercises for Sciatica Pain Relief

Always engage your core muscles in your abdomen to stabilize your lower spine especially when stretching or taking on activities. There is soft tissue in your spine that has been injured and this should not be irritated by too much movement. The symptoms down your leg need to be reduced not exacerbated by overdoing a stretch or workout. Start with waking up each morning lying on your back with your legs bent then drop these legs side to side to gently move your lower spine before getting out of bed. This will gently move your pelvis to reduce swelling and encourage circulation to the injury.

After rocking your pelvis a few times grab one of the bent legs and gently bring it towards your body then slowly straighten that leg to stretch out the calf and hamstrings. This is also called the nerve glide as it stretches the actual sciatic nerve. You will want to hold for 10 seconds then release and repeat 10 times on each leg.

Two stretches done and you still haven’t had to get out of bed! Now just roll onto your belling and begin to do what’s referred to in yoga as the cobra stretch. This encourages the natural lumbar curve in your lower back and should be done frequently throughout the day. Simply lift your upper body up by resting on your elbows if you can. Just go to the point that you feel a good stretch without increasing the pain down your leg. Eventually you want to be able to do a full cobra stretch that arches your spine way back by going from your elbows to your hands.

Sciatica Pain Relief Cobra Stretch

Now you are set to get out of bed and start your day with a gentle walk around the block or a light swim at your local pool. Staying active is important to encourage circulation and healing and especially to hydrate your intervertebral discs in your spine so keep being active but as soon as you start feeling your pain down your leg increase stop what you are doing and ice your back if you can. You only want to do low impact exercise and frequently stretch your spine with the cobra.


Muscle Pain and Tightness

A natural defence mechanism of your muscles is to tighten up to protect the spine from further injury and this is called guarding. Initially this is ideal for reducing your range of motion so you don’t cause more injury, however, weeks and months of tight muscles means added compression to your spine and counteracts our goal of stretching out the spine to give your injured disc more room to go back into place. Start treating this with massage, intramuscular stimulation, and lumbar traction. You may not have heard of intramuscular stimulation or lumbar traction before and if so it is important for you to learn about it when trying to get full sciatica pain relief.

Intramuscular stimulation is known as IMS and only physicians and physiotherapists trained in this modality can practice it. It is the best way to target tight, guarding muscles that are relentlessly giving you pain in your back, buttock and leg muscles. The Physiotherapist will use an acupuncture needle to insert right into the heart of the knotted muscle. This will instantly stimulate the muscle to contract then relax. You will instantly be gratified and over repeat visits your range of motion will increase in your lower back. With relaxed muscles, stretching out the spine becomes much easier and less compressing pressure will be placed on the injured disc.

Another term that might be new to you is call lumbar traction or decompression. It simply means pulling your lumbar spine apart for a deep stretch that actually creates more space for your injured disc. With lumbar traction you will get the best sciatica pain relief by far and will notice a difference after one or two treatments. Your body is strapped into a unit that will pull your hips away from your upper body so as to stretch out your lumbar spine. It would be of most value to you to learn more about lumbar traction so you can save your spine from the effects spinal degeneration and compression of your intervertebral discs.

There is plenty of hope of getting sciatica pain relief with the help of a well trained physiotherapist, proper stretching, and lumbar traction. This is all at your disposal and even in your most frustrating times of pain there is always a way to rebuild your back and have the life you want.




Sciatica Relief with Lumbar Traction

When I was battling lower back and leg pain and seeking treatments from chiropractors, physiotherapists and massage therapists no one made me aware of treating my condition with traction. Now that I know about it and have benefitted greatly from it I want to share it with every person I meet that suffers from sciatica down their leg or radiculopathy down their arm.

What is Traction?

Simply traction is the action of pulling something. In the case of lumbar traction your hips are pulled away from your upper body to give a deep stretch to your spine and counteract the years of constant gravitational compression of our vertebrae. With cervical traction the pull is placed on the neck so as to stretch apart the vertebrae in the neck instead. As you create more space discs within the spine can reabsorb moisture and nutrients needed to keep they hydrated, flexible and strong.

How do you get Sciatica Relief from Lumbar Traction?

The sciatic nerve is a collection of nerve roots that have exited the lumbar region of the spine. This is the largest nerve in your body and is most likely injured at the level where the nerve roots exit the spinal column. How they are injured is typically by compression of a spinal segment that can narrow the “exiting door” for the nerve root or cause the disc (shock absorbing padding) to bulge onto the disc and choke the life out of it so to speak. Compression of the spine over time from poor posture, long sitting, and the pull of gravity leads to spinal degeneration. The best way to counteract this is to pull your spine and stretch it out again. You will experience sciatica pain relief as soon as you get rid of this compression and the bulging disc off your sciatic nerve root. Lumber traction will give you this deep stretch and encourage the bulging disc to actually suck back in through negative pressure. Over the first few treatment sessions you will begin to see improvement and sciatica pain relief at last.

Other forms of Sciatica Relief

The first few days of initial injury it is advised to stop work and rest then gradually return to your normal activities without exacerbating the symptoms. During these days it can help to apply cold compress to the back to reduce swelling then alternate to hot compress to encouraged circulation and healing.

Along with the symptoms of lower back and leg pain your body will be trying to protect the injured area by stiffening your lower back muscles. Your muscles are actually guarding the area from excessive movement so the new injury can heal which is good at first but chronic guarding that is not treated can cause more spinal compression. Lumbar traction is excellent for stretching out these muscles but also massage, a physiotherapist trained in IMS (intramuscular stimulation), or use of a tens machine will work on relaxing these tight muscles and make it easier to increase your range of motion.

The most basic and essential exercise for sciatica relief is to immediately start stretching backwards. To do this lay on your belly and lift only your upper body gradually off the floor with your arms to the point of a comfortable stretch without exacerbating the symptoms down your leg. Stretching back in this way helps regain the natural lumbar curve that we tend to loose with long periods of sitting and frequent bending.

For most people finding a treatment that will finally get rid of their pain would be a major blessing. If you start with seeing out the professional help of a physiotherapist that preferably has training in IMS you are starting on the right track. If you find yourself at a plateau in your recovery like I did trying out lumbar traction could just be your ticket to full recovery. Ask your therapist about traction and if they have it available for you to use for free in their clinic. Otherwise you can find a Saunders Lumbar Traction retailor by clicking here.