Sciatica is a term used for pain along the sciatic nerve, which runs from buttocks to legs. This often results from irritation of the sciatic nerve and complaints are felt along the course of nerves. You may experience pain, burning sensation, numbness or tingling sensation in buttocks, behind the thighs and legs.
Sciatica can be an outcome of improper posture, problems with intervertebral disc or trapped nerves. Seek medical opinion if you feel the pain is unbearable.
Here are some lifestyle tips to deal with sciatica
- Hot and cold compresses - Applying ice pack can help to relieve pain, particularly in acute stage. Using warm compresses to relax the muscles can give some comfort, especially in chronic pain. Alternating hot and cold compresses too gives very good results.
- Gentle massage – Giving a gentle massage to the back, buttocks and legs from behind. It helps to relax strained muscles and improves circulation.
- Stretch yourself – Nerve pain is due to trapping of nerve under tensed muscles or prolapsed discs. Stretching exercises improve the elasticity of the muscles and relieves the pressure exerted on the irritated nerves.
- Follow a healthy routine – Eat nutritious foods, fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy to get all vitamins and minerals. Diet rich in whole grains, eggs, fatty fish and lean red meat can help. Read about foods that heal sciatica.
- Maintain your posture – Avoid sitting on hard surfaces. Choose a firm soft base while sitting for work and sleeping. Make sure you keep your back straight when sitting and travelling. Support with braces, if required.
In addition to this, regular exercises, swimming and water aerobics can be helpful.
Written by: Dr. Snehal
Edited by: C. Soni