To get sciatica relief you need to understand more about sciatica pain. The term “sciatica” typically refers to a sharp or steady pain that radiates up and down the back of the leg (i.e., through the hamstring), or “sciatic nerve.”
Pain also can occur in the lower back, buttocks, and feet.
This pain has also been described as a burning, tingling, or traveling, either on one side of the body or both sides at the same time.
Sometimes, lower back pain is experienced, as well. Most back-pain sufferers and even many medical doctors incorrectly consider sciatica a medical condition.
In reality, sciatica isn’t a condition itself, but rather a symptom of another underlying condition–like a herniated disc, piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis, or another back problem.
Therefore, it is important to find out just what is causing the condition before you can effectively treat it.
Most of the underlying causes of sciatica mentioned above are caused by muscle imbalances that have been getting worse over time.
Other problems with your body, mind (e.g., stress), and/or diet all can contribute by making what would otherwise be a low level of pain much worse.
Traditional treatments for sciatica include cortisone injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and applying hot packs.
However, these treatments address only the symptoms, not the underlying cause or any muscle imbalances.
While there are short-term treatments that provide relief, it’s important to understand that a long-term sciatica treatment program may require two or more different types of treatment, including far infrared heat, Muscle Balance Therapy, Inversion therapy (to improve blood flow and reduce pressure on the nerves), and changes to your diet.
Temporary Sciatica Relief — Action Plan
Read about all the elements of a successful temporary pain relief action plan
These are the three you should begin today, in order of importance
- Far infrared heat therapy
- Pain-relief cream
- Natural anti-inflammatory (e.g., proteolytic enzyme supplements)
Long-Term Sciatica Relief — Action Plan
Written By: Updated: March 3,2014
6 thoughts on “Your Sciatica Relief Action Plan”
Hello, I had a laminectomy 20 years ago. In the last few months I have had needles in my back to help relieve the pain but in fact the pain has changed and I think it is worse. Kind regards, Dorothy Livett
Dorothy, Please understand that even with the Laminectomy 20 years ago you can still work to improve the function and stability of your spine, the first step we suggest is that you educate your self on your options and to do that we have written a new book called The 7 Day Back Pain Cure, you can click on this link to order the book
I was told that my MRI showed severe pinched nerve L4-L5 and doc is recommending injection and said I may need surgery. I have had severe sciatic pain that seems to be getting worse, esp after working 12hours shifts. I would really rather try something else first, got your book. How long should I expect it to take to see improvement and how do you feel about injections?
When you say you got our book, are you talking about The 7 Day Back Pain Cure
our Lose the Back Pain Manual
Expatiation regarding improvements are 100% proportional to your efforts, can you tell us what you are doing in regards to your treatment protocol?
Injections are not the answer, but they can take the pain away for a little bit, if you are willing to let some of the surrounding muscle tissue die from the injections…
I fell 8 years ago which I now have bulging disc from L-2 thru L-5, I have had steroid shots, burned the nerves with doing therapy & water therapy. I am 64 & feel like 84. On the fall I ended up with fibromyalgia. I don’t know what to do anymore. My muscles hurt & twitch constantly & I’m in so much pain I am not able to function anymore. Sometimes I just want to give up! I have started reading your book & having problems with focusing due to fibro fog. Can you direct my thinking? My next stop will be a nursing home!!
Cynthia, I would direct your to one or more of the many “emotional freedom techniques”
ie. ho’oponopono, Sedona Method and or EFT, Neural tones, ect ect All the Best