6 Top Solutions for Sciatica Pain Relief
1. Strengthen Your Core
The court is the most underdeveloped body part for many people. This is due in part to your default posture when you’re not paying attention to it. Many people fail to zip up their abs when they’re walking or even when sitting down at the computer, putting more pressure on the back.
This sort of misalignment is going to contribute to your sciatic pains. To counterbalance this, simply make an active effort to engage your core while sitting or walking, as well as add some core exercises
into your workout routine. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel here, simply doing crunches will do.
Just make sure that whatever core strengthening program you engage in targets both sides of your body equally. If you only strengthen one side of your body, your sciatica is going to get worse.
2. Eliminate Bad Habits
There are a couple of common bad habits that can lead to sciatica or prevent your sciatica from healing. Obviously, you’re going to want to eliminate them from your lifestyle. Some of the more common culprits include: reading in bed while on your side (or by elevating yourself above a few pillows), or walking around with a backpack or handbag around one shoulder. Speaking of you + your bed + sciatica, check out my guide on sleeping with Sciatica if you’re interested.
Both of these activities encourage imbalances in your body to form, leading to a worse sciatic pain. There’s no quick and easy solution for this, besides becoming more aware of your habits in daily life and how they affect your body’s balance. You likely have the constant pain from sciatica to remind you when you’re engaging in an activity that is making it worse.
3. Fix Your Posture
This is something that I briefly mentioned when I talked about engaging your core, but in general you’re going to want to make sure that your chest is out, head is straight, and that your legs, back, and glutes are in alignment. For further reference, check out the image below.
It’s easy enough to do a posture check by looking at your profile in the mirror. From there, learn what it feels like to be in perfect posture, and make an active effort to hold this posture while in your daily life. Fixing your posture has a variety of health benefits, not just entirely related to sciatica.
Most people don’t start to look for sciatica stretches until their already dealing with the problem. In retrospect, it could’ve been avoided altogether if they had been stretching their body beforehand. Stretching is fantastic because it corrects your posture, eliminates muscle tightness, and overall lengthens your body.
Yoga is an effective way to get into stretches, will also increase your mental capacity as well. Check out the guide I wrote on sciatica relieving yoga poses!
Although simply telling someone to relax is often counter-intuitive, it’s important to note that allowing stress to affect to your muscles to which we can also have an impact on your asymmetry. Take the time to relax (again, meditation/yoga will help out in this regard) and allow yourself some peace every now and then.
6. AVOID Prescription Drugs!
The problem with Prescription drugs is that many of them are designed to keep you coming back for more, are entirely too expensive, or just deal with the symptoms of Sciatica (like pain relief) rather than addressing the root causes. You’re going to want to deal with the problem, not it’s symptoms. To this regard, I advise that you look into more natural methods instead, such as the Sciatica SOS Program, or even you can check out my free ebook guide to treating Sciatica.