How to treat sciatica – instant relief
Sciatica exercises that stretch the muscles in the body will relieve the pain and help condition the body to prevent future flare-ups of sciatica pain. Physical therapists or chiropractors can design a specific progressive exercise routine based on the cause of the patient’s sciatic pain. In addition to the previous treatment methods, many sciatica sufferers find relief with this simple-to-use sciatica relief guide. Once a diagnosis of spinal stenosis or herniated disc is determined, the right stretching exercises will be taught to the patient.
Bed rest may be needed at the first signs of the sciatica acting up, but stretching exercises will relieve the pain better than rest. Pain will get worse with inactivity, because the muscles in the back and spine will lose their strength to hold the body up naturally.
Most exercises will strengthen the back and abdominal muscle, giving the back more support. Tight and rigid muscles need stretching exercises to alleviate the pain. With the proper strengthening exercises that stretch the muscles safely, patients will recover quickly and are less likely to have future problems.
A physical therapist or chiropractor may recommend sciatica or stretching exercise to relieve the nerve pain. Stretching gives the patient more cellular oxygenation and increases the patient’s blood circulation. The patient can perform an exercise on the bed or floor that will stretch the hamstring and gluteus muscles. Patients should lay flat on their back and bring one knee up to the chest. Keep this position for about 20 seconds. Then grab the leg by the knee and bring it back up to the chest. Patients may need to use both hands to hold the knee at the chest.
Patients with a herniated disk may use a different exercise. The patient should be on their back and knees bent. The pelvis needs to tilt up and the pubic bone rolls up so that the back is flat on the floor. This will cause the tailbone to curl. Move the abdominal muscle while breathing out. The breathing will help to flatten the spine and get the tailbone off the floor. Take another deep breath every few seconds. This will help to relax the tailbone back down to the floor. These exercises should be done eight to ten times a day. There are many different types of exercises that can be done to stretch muscles. Patients should consult with their physical therapist or chiropractor for the exercises that are best for their situation.
Walking is a great exercise for the lower back. Walking has a low impact on the legs, back, and can be very beneficial for all patients. A brisk walk of about three miles a day is as beneficial as doing aerobic exercises.
Patients, who are only experiencing temporary relief from their pain after trying many different options, may consider having an endoscopic procedure. There are minimally invasive options that can be done as an outpatient procedure. Patients with bulging disc, herniated disc or bone spur problems; can now be treated safely with percutaneous endoscopic discectomy, a laminotomy or a foraminotomy procedure. Endoscopic procedures are effective for relieving the patient of debilitating pain.