3. Chiropractor Spinal Adjustments
A chiropractor can diagnose sciatica during a physical exam or you can go for an X-ray or MRI on your doctor’s advice in order to locate the damage in the spine.
Post diagnosis, a chiropractor can work with you to help in realigning the spinal discs and prevent protrusion into the canal. It directly targets the underlying source of pain and hence is quite an effective way to relieve sciatic pain.
4. Heating Pads
Using heating pads on the lower back for about 15-20 minutes every day can reduce the sciatic pain to a great extent. You can either use a reusable heating pad filled with hot water or a plug-in one and use it on your lower back for 10-15 minutes three to four times a day. Heat is said to relax the tight muscles and increase blood circulation.
Alternatively, using an ice pack works well for some. Placing an ice pack on the lower back for 10-15 minutes every three to four hours helps in reducing the pain. If the pain still does not go, then an over the counter pain reliever is advised by the doctor.