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More home remedies for sciatica include stretching and strengthening exercises. These can be helpful for things like Piriformis Syndrome or a Bulging Disc that are causing sciatica pain.

Over the counter medications can also help to relieve sciatica nerve pain. However, depending on your health history, there may be risks that you need to discuss with your doctor.






Home Remedies for Sciatica
Stretching and Strengthening Program for Sciatica

Stretches can be an important and effective part of relieving your sciatica. There are also some good videos posted at Easy Exercises for Sciatica.

Home Remedies for Sciatica
Strengthen Your Back and Strengthen Your Core

Strengthening your lower back is easy to do and takes only a few minutes per day, but you might do the exercises consistently for a minimum of 7 to 10 days before you notice a benefit.

Your lumbar spine is supported from the back by the large muscles that lie on either side of your spine and in front by your abdominal muscles and the other muscles of your core.

Strengthen Your Back by doing the Superman 

•Begin by lying on your stomach on the floor

•Stretch your arms out above your head

•Raise your head and arms off the floor 

•Hold for a count of 5 then relax

•Keeping your legs straight raise them one at a time

•Hold for a count of 5 then relax

•Repeat 3-5 times 

•Perform 2 sets twice per day

These superman exercises
will strengthen your back. 


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Abdominal crunches and leg lifts will strengthen your core and protect your low back. They will improve your posture and are an important part of your home remedies for sciatica.

 Strengthen Your Core with Crunches and Leg Lifts 

•Lie on the floor on your back

•Cross your arms on your chest

•Raise your shoulder off of the floor

•Hold for a count of 5 then relax

•Keeping your legs straight raise them off of the floor

•Hold for a count of 5 then relax

•Repeat 3-5 times 

•Perform 2 sets twice per day

These abdominal crunches strengthen
your core and protect your low back 


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It is okay to vary the details of these exercises to fit your personal fitness level and accommodate any other problems you may have such as arthritis or obesity.

It is important to do these exercises consistently to have the best results.

These basic exercises are simple to understand and easy to do. They will strengthen the muscles that support your lumbar spine and help to relieve your sciatica pain.

Home Remedies for Sciatica
Over The Counter Medications

Topical Treatments 

There are many topical over the counter medications that claim to relieve sciatica pain and I do believe that some of them may be helpful for some people.

These medications are applied directly to the painful area. Many use menthol, capsaicin, or other natural ingredients to provide local anesthesia. They may also contain herbal anti-inflammatory preparations to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Effective for Many People

However, most of them have not been approved by the FDA or evaluated with long-term scientific studies that show proven benefit; so I am hesitant to recommend any specific product.

Having said that, I do believe that many of these treatments can be helpful. While you can have a reaction to any new medication there seems to be little risk of permanent damage or injury.

Perhaps the biggest risk is that it does not help.


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Anti-inflammatory Medications

Strong anti-inflammatory medications taken by mouth will help to relieve inflammation and swelling wherever it may be. This can help to relieve the pain of sciatica and from many different causes.

Ibuprofen, naproxen, and diclofenac are anti-inflammatories that are available without prescription but even these medications have risks.

All Treatments have Risks

They can affect your blood pressure, your kidneys, and your stomach. Any time that you start a new medication you should discuss it with your doctor first.

He can help you determine how it may affect other health problems that you are dealing with and if it is safe for you.

Talk to Your Doctor

In most cases your doctor will allow a short trial to see if it will help you and to evaluate any possible side effects.

If you do have some benefit from the medicine your doctor may adjust the dose or make other changes to compensate for any possible side effects.

There are many different anti-inflammatory
drugs that you could trial.


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What You Should Do

If you are living with the pain of sciatica the home remedies for sciatica can be very helpful for relieving your symptoms. 

But if your pain is severe or if it prevents normal activities you should talk to your doctor sooner rather than later.

If you are having any weakness in the muscles of your legs, or difficulty controlling your bowels or bladder, you must see your doctor immediately. 

Your situation may be more severe than you suspect.



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