Sciatica Pain Relief and Posture

Posture as it relates to the prevention of sciatica is a key factor. The time each of us spends sitting down can have a huge impact on our sciatica symptoms. One of the things you need to ask yourself is how much time do you spend sitting down? The time will vary depending on your individual situation. Office workers can spend 6-12 hours a day in a stationary-seated position. The human body was not designed to remain seated in a chair for extended lengths of time. We should consider this when looking at Sciatica pain relief and postures effect on our back health.

Illustration of proper posture sitting at deskPosture as it relates to Sciatica pain relief should be a factor we all pay attention to. Sciatica pain relief starts by paying attention to your buttocks. So why is the seated position so wrong? Why would a posture position that normally would seem logical and comfortable do so much harm to our spine? Sitting down for long periods of time will ultimately place constant pressure on to our spine. Compared to someone who is laying down the pressure on our spine when seated is up to six times as great. The posture you assume when seated at your desk is aggravating your sciatic nerve and it can create sciatica pain as a result.

Studies have shown remaining seated for long periods of time is the primary cause of the sciatic condition in the first place. But is there a way to relieve the pain caused by the seated position-especially if most of us have to be seated all day as part of our jobs? There are some very simple immediate remedies that will alleviate our sciatic pain as well as reduce sciatic nerve irritation

To combat Sciatica pain caused by constant sitting you need to relieve some of the pressure on the spine. The most obvious method would be to make sure you have lumbar support when seated. The human back is designed to create several gentle curves as the ideal position for back support. The lumbar support should be applied in the lower back area. Most modern office furniture and office chairs in particular do have lumbar support adjustments built in to them. If your chair does not have lumbar support adjustment features then use a lumbar support cushion.

A simple solution

At the very least roll or fold a towel into a tube and place it just above your buttocks so as you lean back against the back of the chair the towel is allowing your back to form a gentle curve at the base of your spine. This simple support will go a long way in preventing the fatigue that develops as a result of sitting all day at your desk. This lumbar support also works well if you have to drive for several hours. This fatigue can be the single factor which will result in sciatic nerve irritation and that irritation is the root cause of many sciatica attacks.

Another good trick is to adjust the height of your chair so your feet rest flat on the floor. Additionally, do not cross your legs when seated because this will compress some of the buttock muscles and this compression will create fatigue and eventually more irritation of the sciatic nerve.

And don’t stay seated for too long, get up and walk about every 30 minutes. By doing this you will increase circulation in the lower back and buttock. This simple act of moving at regular intervals during the day will create a more healthy lower back and buttock. It might seem that this is too simple to be effective but it will work. If you have to drive for long distances for long periods of time be sure to take regular breaks. Stop the car and walk around for five minutes. It will encourage blood circulation that is critical to flushing away any toxins that develop from fatigued muscles.

In conclusion:

The greatest danger of developing sciatica comes from an irritated sciatic nerve. Any thing we can do to prevent this irritation will go a long way to preventing sciatica from developing in the first place. Posture is a key element in the long-term strategy that you can employ in any sciatica prevention program