By stimulating vital energy flow and improving nerve function, acupuncture may be used as an alternative treatment therapy for sciatica. Always consult your physician at Marina del Rey Hospital for the suitability of this option in your specific case.
To gain access to the deeper inflammation areas, ice packs are sometimes applied alternatively with hot packs or hot baths. Alternate temperatures are known to:
- assist the healing process
- boost blood circulation
- boost lymph flow
- reduce inner inflammation
Despite the fact that scientific results do not back up the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments in each case, they can significantly reduce sciatic pain. Chiropractic manipulation of the spine may restore mobility and promote natural healing by:
- improving function
- reducing inflammation
- decreasing pain
Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salts can be easily found in local drug stores, and are known to:
- relax the nervous system
- draw toxins out of your body
- increase circulation
- reduce inflammation.
Ice packs are great instant pain relievers and work great as short-term therapy options. Ice packs should be applied to the affected area, for a period between 20 minutes and two hour, or until pain disappears.
Deep tissue massage or trigger-point therapy may have beneficial effects in the case of muscle spasms, pain, and leg and toe numbness.
Mild Stretches, Including Yoga
Though sciatic pain may kill the desire for any type of movement, our physicians at Marina del Rey Hospital recommend controlled physical activity to ease symptoms. This is because physical inactivity may actually aggravate the sciatic problem. Recommended physical activity such as gentle back stretches and mild yoga exercises may:
- improve mobility
- increase blood flow
- strengthen back muscles
Tennis Ball Therapy
Tennis ball therapy combines the principles of massage, acupressure and reflexology to help relieve sore muscles and muscle tension. In sciatic pain, tennis ball therapy is used to apply pressure and treat trigger points in the piriformis muscle. Effects include:
- improvement of blood circulation
- improvement of mobility
- reduction of muscle tension and rigidity
For detailed information on tennis ball therapy or other available sciatic treatment options, please contact our well-prepared medical specialists at Marina del Rey Hospital.