Understandably to all, if you are in pain when in motion then you will naturally want to avoid movement. However, too much rest when you have sciatica or back and leg pain will actually make your situation worse. Exercise needs to become an integral part of your day. The whole secret to it is ensuring you do not exaggerate. Be gentle with yourself. See the Top 5 Exercises for Sciatica Pain.
Stretch all the time. Whether you are doing your gentle exercises or you are in the middle of your favorite blockbuster movie, take the time to stretch. It is the best way to make sure your spinal flexibility is not being hampered.
- A Song of Ice & Fire
Switching between heat and ice has already been proven to be a very good pain reliever for lower back and leg pain. Ice as we all know, will help prevent inflammation of the area while heat improves your blood flow which in turn translates into speedier recovery. Both heat and ice ensure that you will have less muscle spasms and if you do get them, there will be less pain. Get a compression wrap that can help with your therapy. WARNING: Do not sleep while using either of these therapies.
- Posture Refresher
Regardless of what you are doing, do not stay in the same position for too long. Staying in the same position for more than 20 minutes will lead to painful spikes in your sciatica. Keep switching positions to ease the pressure on your spine.
As much as we would all rather avoid medication, ask a physician for the best over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that you can use. Not only will you counter pain but you will also reduce inflammation which is golden in the long run.
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