The Best Kept Secret for Sciatic Pain Relief and Treatment – Sciatica Stretches
Let me tell you one of the best kept secrets about sciatica pain
relief. For most sufferers, sciatica stretches and sciatica exercises are the gold standard for pain
relief and not the prescription drugs, surgery or bed rest that is often considered first.
Why do you get Sciatica?
Remember, the reason why you get sciatica in the first place is that the sciatic
nerve has been irritated or is too tight or compressed.
This can be due to whole host of reasons (link to first article), and is related
to weak back or abdominal muscles, which leads to misalignment of the back and general muscle
Best Treatment for Sciatic Pain
ReliefFor long term sciatica pain relief, sciatica stretches and
exercises are the best way to treat and maintain a healthy back, because they address the primary reasons behind
most causes of
sciatica, unlike prescription drugs and surgery.
What about Bed Rest, Prescription Drugs and Surgery for Treating
As far as bed rest goes, it was previously thought that staying in bed and
not being active will help in healing the condition. While a day or two may be in order initially, it is now known
that bed rest can actually make it worse and prolong the recovery period.
On the other hand, powerful prescription pain killers can provide immediate
relief, but they do not address the underlying causes of sciatica (link) and does nothing to ensure that you are
treating the conditions that caused sciatica in the first place, nor help avoid getting sciatica
Finally, surgery, while often recommended and considered, is not necessary other
than for structural defects that cannot be addresses otherwise. Surgery does provide pain relief, however, it may
not necessarily lead to permanent elimination of the problem which caused the pain initially and the pain may come
back after some time. Studies have shown that up to 90% of all sciatica
sufferers are better served by avoiding surgery as the first and second course of treatment.
Difference between Sciatica Stretches and Sciatica Exercises
Often sciatica stretches and exercisers are used interchangeably. They are not the
In my mind there is a fine distinction between stretches and
stretches are for creating greater flexibility of the sciatic and back muscles.
They are ideal for immediate relief and treatment of sciatica pain and overall
maintenance of the affected area so as to remain pain free.
As a result of this increased sciatic nerve and back muscle flexibility, the
irritation and compression are relieved. Thisleads to quicker pain
Sciatica stretches are meant not only for initial treatment but also for daily and
continuous use to maintain the flexibility of the affected areas and a pain free lifestyle.
exercises are meant for strengthening the back and abdominal muscles that can lead to irritation and
compression of the critical nerves and muscles, and are meant for preventing the recurrence of
As a result of the strengthening exercises, there is a better muscle balance in
the back and a more even pressure on the back and leg muscles.
This balance and strength is a critical factor in avoiding a return of sciatica
and a healthy and active lifestyle.
Overall, the best way to manage and relieve sciatica pain is to make a
daily habit of sciatica stretches and exercises.
They not only provide immediate and long lasting benefits of being pain free, but most importantly
allow you to take back your life from the debilitating pain of sciatica.