There are numerous treatments (some considered alternative) and exercises that can be performed in treating the painful condition of sciatica as well as long term prevention of back pain. Many of these treatments have proven effective in providing long term pain relief for patients. I will cover some of the most common forms of treatments that include massage therapy, chiropractic manipulation and acupuncture.
Many people scoff at this at first. In addition, this practice appears scary for some patients. Acupuncture deals with the flow of energy through specific pathways in the body and is not as scary or painful as one would think. Hair-thin needles are utilized by inserting them into openings of the skin near the area of pain that occurs with sciatica. Acupuncture is approved by the FDA as a certified treatment for back pain and this is great news for sufferers. The National Institutes of Health recognizes the practice of acupuncture as an effective back pain relief. I have personally seen people come out of acupuncture therapy with increased movement and relief.
This type of manipulation is performed by trained medical personnel such as Chiropractors, physical therapists and osteopathic doctors. They provide spinal column adjustments that aid in addressing underlying conditions that put pressure on the sciatic nerve and cause intense pain.
No matter what type of treatment you seek for the back pain, you really should consider massage therapy to help with the overall treatment. The manual manipulation is performed by addressing the right indications that create better healing environments for patients. There are certain forms of massage therapy that provide numerous patients with back pain relief. Other great result from this type of therapy is relaxing of the muscles that release endorphins which have been proven to be a body’s natural pain relievers. Another wonderful result of massage therapy is muscle relaxation and achieving better blood circulation.
For sciatica treatment, some type of physical therapy is a must for relief of the pain and long term prevention. For many patients, the great news is that sciatica more times than not improves on its own with the healing time taking a few days to a couple of weeks to improve depending on the severity. When patients seek reliable pain relief, they find that programs such as physical therapy in conjunction with daily exercises alleviates the pain associated with this condition.
Physical therapy exercises that are included in Sciatica exercises in conjunction with pain relief are as follows:
- Aerobic exercises and conditioning
Patients have found that engaging in effective physical therapy regimes, they recover more quickly from sciatica pain and they are less likely to experience future episodes of Sciatica pain.
Sciatica exercises typically entail the following areas of concentration
1. Stretching – This is highly recommended to decrease pain from sciatic pain. Stretches for this medical condition target muscles that cause pain that prove inflexible and tight. The hamstrings are stretched which proves of the utmost importance when performing sciatica exercises.
2. Strength training – Numerous exercises can aid in strengthening the back, in particularly, the spinal column, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Strength training focuses on the lower back, buttocks, hips and stomach muscles. The training associated with these regions of the body provides pain relief due to increasing support of the spine and keeping it aligned. This type of sciatica exercises decreases the chance of damage and or injury to the spine.