How To Ease Sciatic Pain
Once any tissue-damaging disorders have been ruled out (such as cancer, infection and fracture) and enough time has passed for any actual tissue damage to have healed (if there was an actual accident), then any persistent or recurring symptoms, in this case sciatica, will be part of an automatic maladapted stress response. The pain nerve pathways involved become learned (conditioned) and are part of a defense mechanism against what your brain perceives to be a perceived threat.
We know emotions amplify pain, so any anger, fear, frustration etc you have can actually cause the pain to persist and even become worse. There is a lot of evidence demonstrating the health benefits of therapeutic journaling, so offloading how you feel onto paper can be very helpful, as well as how you were feeling leading up to when your sciatica was initially triggered. This and improving your self-care can help ease, and often even resolve, sciatica.
Did you know these Sciatica facts?
- Spinal degeneration found on MRI is actually found as commonly in people without sciatica
- The degree of disc displacement or nerve compression found on MRI has been found not to correlate with any sciatic symptoms
- Exercise is good for the body in general, so finding a way to keep active is important for any pain, including sciatica
- Movement keeps the spinal discs healthy by exchanging fluids and nutrients
Sciatica Relief At Home Self Help
Recognise that pain from persistent sciatica is a response to unresolved emotional turmoil and not due to injury. Therefore, if you deal with the emotional turmoil through journaling, this can help significantly. Take time out for self-care, plus include those activities which are known to improve health and well-being, such as; walking in a green environment, smiling, laughter, social activities and being mindful.
Read stories from others who have recovered from the pain of sciatica on our blog
“I had a twisted pelvis, one leg longer than the other, piriformis syndrome etc., bulging disc. I had 2 MRIs during this time showing degenerative discs at L4/L5 and L5/S1 with small annular tears and a minor bulge L5/S1……….In this year I am now more active than I ever imagined. I can hike in the Peak District, have been on three holidays whereas before I couldn’t sit for more than 15mins. I have broken my routine, started swimming and even playing table tennis/ batinton (a form of badminton!)”