Chances are if you are an active person, like myself, you’ve probably suffered from one injury or another. Damage to the sciatic nerve can occur doing the most trivial and mundane of tasks. Case in point: my injury derived from lifting a decent sized box (properly, I might add). If you are suffering from a damaged sciatic nerve, my heart goes out to you but so does my advice. There is little to help relieve sciatic nerve pain but I have found natural methods to be just as useful as pain medicine you may receive from your doctor.
Sure, the first day of the adjustment is painful but the following day is an answered prayer. Everyone’s body is different and that also applies to chiropractic adjustments. Make sure you choose an accredited and experienced chiropractor. The contortions he/ she will use will feel strange initially but a realignment can help take additional pressure off the sciatic nerve and allow you to thrive. Only so many alignments should be allowed in a week so do your research.
I have to take precautions on a daily basis and icing the location of your pain is quite possibly the best. Prevention is your best friend. Ten minutes out of your day assure an easier twenty-four hours.
Stay active. If you were a runner, continue to run but keep in mind you will need to be patient with your body as it recovers. You can still do exercises and actually, walking is advised. Stretches are life savers. I do stretches my chiropractor advised at least twice a day. Ask your chiropractor for potential moves to help stretch the muscles that may swell and cause the pinched nerve. Whether this method works for you depends upon the source of your injury. There is temporary damage to the sciatic nerve and permanent damage. Thankfully, mine was temporary.
Also, be careful what you lift! Doctors will tell you, depending upon the seriousness of the damage to your sciatic nerve, how long you should refrain from lifting anything. In my case that meant not lifting anything heavier than a pencil for two weeks. If it sounds impossible that’s because it almost is.
Use over-the-counter products at your local pharmacy that help alleviate pain by creating a cold sensation. I swear by this spray: Perform Biofreeze. Know it. Love it. Try not to caress it in your sleep.
Two words: INVERSION TABLE
This is nothing short of a miracle! God bless its inventor! The first two days I used my inversion table, my back ached. After that, I noticed a remarkable difference in the amount of time I could sit (which often irritates the injury by putting pressure on the sciatic nerve) and a lower level of pain. The inversion table works by taking the pressure off your sciatic nerve as you essentially lay upside down. It takes a while to become accustomed to the blood rushing to your head but you can control the level of your hand stand to make it an easier transition for you. You can purchase one online or at your local Academy. Be prepared to dish out some cash. The cheapest and reliable brands start around $90. In my case, it was a worthy investment.
When I know I will be required to sit for longer than an hour, I rest my tush on a sciatica pillow similar to this one. I ordered mine online for $12. Yes, it resembles a bicycle seat and may feel hard but there are other options out there. A co-worker of mine has one that feels like foam and silk wrapped into one. Find one. Use it. It will take the pressure off the sciatic nerve.
I have yet to find the Tens Units others have suggested, primarily due to the fact that they sell out before I reach the store. (Surely, that’s promising, right)? I have one author friend who swears by them. Really, if it could help, why not give it a try?
Your pain is controllable and anything you can do to aid in pain relief would is beneficial (as long as it’s legal, of course). Unfortunately, healing takes time. Patience is a must. Find the combination that works best for you and be certain to ask as many questions as you can from your doctor and chiropractor. Here’s to healing.