Sciatica

What is Sciatica? 

Sciatica is a condition of the sciatic nerve which is the longest nerve in the human body. It starts from the lower back and goes down towards the hips and thighs and toes. Sciatica, thus, mainly impacts your lower body.

Sciatica has a lot to do with poor posture and lifestyle habits which exert undue pressure on one’s spinal column and lower body. Factors like poor posture, sitting at a desk all day, and obesity can lead to developing this condition. It is one of the more common ailments found in adults and that is partly due to the lifestyle of the modern-day office jobs.

Fortunately, due to its prevalence in adults, there exist many ways and mechanism to control sciatica. Many fitness centres and health clinics like Incline Health offer packages and procedures to treat and reduce sciatica.

Ways to Treat Sciatica

1.   Cryotherapy

Also known as ice therapy, cryotherapy involves applying packets of ice or applications of liquid nitrogen to the areas where the pain is most profound. Cryotherapy is among the more recognized solutions to controlling sciatica because the coldness of the ice helps to bring down inflammation, swelling, and pain in the nerve and allows it to relax while numbing the area. It is not all that different from applying an ice pack to an injured eye.

2.   Ultrasound Treatments

Did you know that apart from its usual purpose of getting an internal picture, ultrasound is also employed in other medical procedures?

Sound waves are strategically used to increase the flow of blood in the pained and inflamed areas. Increased circulation of blood promotes rapid healing and pain management and also reduces swelling and stiffness.

3.   Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is one of the best and most recommended ways to control sciatica because it is concerned with changing your lifestyle. Doing stretches or yoga and exercising your body can bring great benefits to control sciatica since it improves posture and weight distribution along with blood circulation in the body. It also boosts the immune system and releases positive chemicals. There are multiple programs and exercises that you can follow to control sciatica.

Massaging and rubbing the affected areas can also help and bring relief and pleasure as the pressure on the affected area is redistributed and dispersed. Massages bring the muscles and nerves into alignment and relax them from the stress of the daily grind.

4.   Chiropractors

Sciatica is all about proper alignment of the spine and nerves. Therefore, chiropractors can greatly help to provide immediate pain relief since the whole practice is concerned with aligning and positioning the joints. This releases pressure due to improper posturing and provides instantaneous relief.

Conclusion

Sciatica is a particularly painful condition but it can be managed both at home or professional clinics and centres. However, the best way to deal with this painful and uncomfortable condition is to bring about a few lifestyle changes to lead a healthy life.