Welcome back to the ATARAXIA blog. Sciatica is one of the most common types of lower back pain affecting millions of Americans. While anyone can get sciatica, this painful condition typically affects people between the ages of 30 and 60. In part one of our short blog series, Three Tips for Relieving Sciatica Pain, we looked at the causes and symptoms of sciatica, and began offering tips to help you manage sciatic pain. Our first three natural pain management tips include:
- Staying active and exercising
- Avoiding prolonged sitting
- Practicing good body mechanics
Today, let’s look at three more ways to effectively relieve sciatic pain so you can get back to doing the things you love most. Visit ATARAXIA to learn about the benefits of incorporating a food-grade CBD oil regimen into your healthy lifestyle to reduce inflammation, stress, and tension in the lower back and hips. In the meantime, here are three more tips for you to consider.
Three More Ways to Relieve Sciatic Pain
Avoid Inflammatory Foods
Oftentimes, sciatica strikes when the surrounding tissues are inflamed, causing them to press on the nearby sciatic nerve. Unfortunately, there are many delicious foods that people consume every day that only add to the problem, which includes greasy, fried foods, foods high in sugar, and salty foods. These foods are recognized by medical professionals as inflammatory foods. According to The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy, good nutrition is often one of the most effective ways to manage nerve pain. They recommend limiting your intake of inflammatory foods, and increasing your omega-3 fatty acid intake to naturally fight inflammation that contributes to sciatic pain. You can find a healthy amount of omega-3’s in fatty fish, walnuts, and flaxseed. This study also recommends increasing antioxidants and fiber in your daily diet.
Maintain Good Posture
Practicing good posture will reduce the amount of stress and strain that is placed on your spine, lower back, and hips and the supporting tissues.
When standing, keep your knees slightly bent while placing the majority of your weight on the balls of your feet. Try to avoid allowing your hips to come forward by tucking in your stomach and standing straight with your shoulders pulled back and your chest pulled forward.
Keep both feet on the ground with your knees bent in line with your hips. Scoot your buttocks and hips back in your chair so that your back is straight. Use a backrest to further support your lower back. Take frequent breaks to stand and stretch.
Stand and Stretch
That being said, it is essential to stand and stretch at least every hour to avoid prolonged sitting — one of the top causes of a sciatica flare-up. If you sit at a desk, drive a vehicle, or operate heavy machinery that requires you to sit frequently, standing up and stretching your lower back will help keep your muscles flexible and your joints from becoming stiff, both of which can alleviate existing, or prevent future, sciatic pain from occurring.
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A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 24 percent of people who suffer from sciatica find effective relief using natural remedies to alleviate discomfort and improve function. At ATARAXIA, we offer the highest quality food-grade CBD oils that have been shown to naturally relieve muscle tension and stress that contributes to sciatica. If you would like to experience freedom from physical and emotional stress, order your supply of 100 percent organic, non-GMO CBD drops. Be sure to find out more about our CBD oil subscriptions and save on your order!