Anyone with sciatica knows that the situation can worsen at any time. It may be easier to manage things while at home, but what if you’re at the office and have a full day’s work ahead of you? Do you just take the rest of the day off or can you somehow manage your pain and stay productive
The sciatic nerves are large nerves that originate near the lower spine on either side and run through the buttocks and legs. Compression of the nerve along its path can lead to pain, weakness, numbness or tingling down the leg. This condition called sciatica usually affects only one side. The pain can be sharp and burning in nature and usually worsens if you remain seated.
Although, it may be difficult to get up, this is exactly what you should do. Sitting places more stress on the sciatic nerve than standing and prolonged sitting is probably what aggravated your sciatica in the first place. Go for a short walk or stretch your hamstrings (muscles at the back of the thigh). This will relieve the nerve compression and encourage blood flow into the area.
Applying heat to the area can also bring relief. Keep a store of disposable heat packs in your drawer or use heat wraps which provide continuous low heat and can be concealed under your clothes.
Pressure can be applied to the lower back muscles to simulate the effect of a massage. Finding the right spot can take the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Keep a tennis ball handy for this purpose. Place the ball between your chair and lower back and apply pressure to the surrounding area till you find relief.
These simple measures can provide some relief and help you stay focused at the work place. For more effective or long-lasting results, you could visit the American Spine Center that specializes in chronic pain conditions such as sciatica and offers cutting-edge, non-surgical solutions.