There are few conditions that are more unpleasant and distracting that sciatic nerve pain. This is pain caused by pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve, or by other forms of irritation. Either way, this means disruption for the largest nerve in the human body and that can in turn interrupt the flow of information to the brain from the legs and vice versa. This can then result in discomfort as the nerve sends faulty pain signals but it can also lead to numbness, tingling, weakness and even difficulty moving the desired limb.
If you’ve ever woken up in the night and found that you’ve been lying on your arm in an awkward way, then you may be familiar with how this makes it difficult to the move the limb and how it causes it to become weak, numb and even somewhat ‘floppy’. And it may hurt.
This is precisely what is happening in sciatica, expect it is happening in the long term with no relief in sight.
Fortunately, there are ways to lessen the pain.
1. Take a Warm Bath
A warm bath can often help to provide sciatica pain relief and it does this in a number of ways. Firstly, a warm back provides warmth around the affected area, which can help to interfere with the pain signal and providing soothing comfort.
At the same time, a warm bath will also help to relax the surrounding muscle. This latter point is very important and particularly in cases where the sciatica is being caused by problems with the muscle. If the muscle is spasming, if it is torn, or if it is sprained, then all these problems can lead to inflammation that places pressure on the area.
Take a warm bath and you can reduce this swelling and relax the muscle.