Tips On How To Keep Away From Sciatica

By Gordon Kuang

Sciatica is a term used to refer to the pain that starts in the lower back just above the buttocks. It's from the lower back that it spreads right down the limbs to the feet. As peculiar as this might seem this pain is real and it can be the source of great discomfort if you've never experienced it before.

The name sciatica is derived from the sciatic nerve, the longest and thickest nerve in the human body. And like the rote followed by the pain it stretches from the back to the lower limbs, perhaps even to the feet. Like any other nerve it carries and transmits sensations of either pleasure or pain, but in this case pain and discomfort.

And just like hemorrhoids sciatic pain is caused by a relentless amount of pressure being applied against the sciatic nerve. The resulting compression makes the sciatic nerve swell and a distortion of sensations results. Pressure can be applied against the sciatic nerve in a variety of ways. One such example is when a person sits for too long in an improper pose that can only cause damage to the nerve over a long period of time.

Apart from swellings emanating from improper sitting positions they can also be caused by the bone structures in the spinal column vertebrae. When the vertebrae in the spinal columns slip out of position and fall over the sciatic nerve pressure is applied on the sciatic nerve. Inevitably a distortion of sensations will occur and the tingling sensations will result.

Sciatic pain is a very normal form of pain, it's the name that makes it seem like it is a complicated condition. Owing to this the treatments are very much simple. One remedy is the ice pack. Fill a plastic with ice and tie it close. After this take the ice-pack and rub it gently over the places you feel the most pain. Do this three times a day and you'll be feeling a lot better by the morning of the next day.

An alternative is the heat pack. The heat pack is usually a plastic tube that you fill with hot water, more like a bed warmer for cold winter nights but slightly hotter. Fill it up with hot water and then rub it against the areas where you feel pain just like the ice pack. Pain relief can begin within hours if administered properly.

Alternative treatments are available in the form of back massages. Find a good massage therapist and allow here to release the tension in your sciatic nerve and lower back. A massage also results in the release of feel good hormones called endorphins. Another thing you can try out is acupuncture. Acupuncture brings about an increased blood circulation and the further release of endorphins. - 32188

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