12 Of The Best Ways To Outsmart Sciatica Pain

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Are you, or someone you love, suffering from the pain of sciatica? Have well-meaning people told you that the numbness, tingling, and pain are something that you just “have to learn to live with”?

It’s been estimated that as many as 40 percent of all Americans experience sciatica pain at one time or another. The good news is that you don’t have to learn to live with it; there are plenty of things that can be done to ease your painful and annoying symptoms. You can have a pain free life once more.

Sciatica is caused by an injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve. This is the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve starts at your hip, goes through the back of the leg, ending in the foot. When this nerve becomes pinched or damaged, it sends out  pain signals as well as feelings of burning, weakness in the affected leg, numbness, cramps, or tingling ‘pins and needles’, types of feelings. Many types of sciatica pain are linked to an underlying problem such as a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis.

You don’t have to live with this problem, however. There are plenty of ways that you can outsmart that sciatic nerve so that it stops being such a pain in the ….leg.


1.  See a Chiropractor

Many people find that regular visits to a chiropractor can help to take the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Spinal manipulation can help to restore mobility, reduce inflammation, decrease pain, and encourage natural healing. Although the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments has shown mixed results in scientific studies, millions of sciatic patients report significant reduction in their pain.


2. Strengthen Abdominal and Core Muscles

Your core is so much more than just abdominal muscles. Core muscles include just about every muscle except for arms and legs. Many people fail to develop their core muscles and after years of inactivity, they develop numerous problems with their spine. When you strengthen your abdominal and core muscles, you provide support for your back muscles and spine. This will prevent injuries such as sciatica. Yoga is excellent for strengthening your abdominals and core muscles. Yes, it will seem like a lot of work at first but over time it gets easier and your pain will decrease if you keep it up.


3. Acupuncture

This is an effective alternative treatment in which needles, around the thickness of a single human hair, are inserted into the body at specific points.  This will stimulate the energy flow in the body and improve nerve function. Many people find relief from their sciatic pain after just one session, and many more report that they had complete relief from their pain after several sessions. Be sure that you are seeing a certified and licensed acupuncturist. Ask your doctor for a recommendation.

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