DOES AN INFRARED SAUNA HELP SCIATICA? YOU BET IT DOES!
What is sciatica and how can an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas help you overcome it?
Sciatica is a symptom of a problem with the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body which controls the muscles in the back of your knee and lower legs. The sciatic nerve also allows you to feel the back of the thigh and the soles of your feet.
Sciatica happens when you begin to experience pain, weakness, numbness and tingling that starts in your lower back and extends down to your calf, foot and toes.
Sciatica pain can range from a mild ache to sharp and severe sensations.
Most people report feeling sciatica on one side of their bodies.
It is estimated that between 13-40% of people experience sciatica at some point in their lives.
The severity of pain differs for everyone. Some people may feel it for a few weeks while for others it might become debilitating.
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica happens when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched. This pinching could occur because of a herniated disc. A herniated disc happens when the rubber-like support in between the bones in your spine moves out of position.
Sciatica can also happen due to the overgrowth of a bone in your spine.
In rare circumstances, sciatica happens because of a tumor or growth that compresses the nerve.
Risk factors for sciatica include:
- Age– Age-related changes in the spine can cause discs to be displaced and cause sciatica.
- Obesity– Excess body weight can contribute to changes in your spine that trigger sciatica.
- Physical stress on your back– A job that requires you to twist your back, carry heavy loads or drive a motor vehicle for long periods might play a role in sciatica. Not practicing good ergonomics as you lift up your children can also cause you to strain your back and trigger sciatica.
- Prolonged sitting– People who sit for prolonged periods or have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to develop sciatica.
- Diabetes– In diabetes, the way your body uses sugar that is derived from the food you have eaten is altered. The risk for nerve damage increases with diabetes; this includes damage to the sciatic nerve.
Any one of these factors can increase the onset of sciatica.
How is sciatica treated?
In mild situations, sciatica will go away by itself. However, we highly recommend that you see a doctor or specialist if the pain is especially sharp and interferes with your ability to perform daily activities.
If you begin to feel the symptoms of sciatica after an accident, this is something you absolutely need to report as well.
Treatment for sciatica includes depends on the cause.So in the case of an accident surgery might be necessary. Your doctor may encourage you to exercise more often to lose weight and relieve your spine of extra weight. And it may become necessary for you to stop lifting heavy objects so as to not cause another herniated disc.
It is not uncommon to also receive pain medication as part of your treatment regimen.
Heat packs are also typically used to try to sooth muscle tension when sciatica occurs. However, they don’t always trick, as the heat from the packs can’t reach deep enough to reach the sciatic nerve. That’s where using a sauna for sciatica pain comes in.
How does an infrared sauna help with sciatica?
Heat therapy has long been used in medicine to relax muscles, open up blood vessels to encourage blood floor and has positive effects on your nervous system.
Within just a few minutes of the soothing heat that comes from our far-infrared sauna systems, you will experience a relaxing of knotted muscles and your body will begin to circulate blood better.
Improved circulation of your blood will deliver more oxygen to your brain which in turn will leave you feeling rejuvenated and restored both in body and mind!
Infrared heats also helps with the release of endorphins- the natural “feel good” chemical in your body. This also helps to reduce pain.
Far infrared heat has been proven to be absorbed 1-2 inches below the skin.
Because it can penetrate deeper than other methods, the infrared rays from our Good Health Saunas will encourage tissue repair, all while relaxing and calming aggravated nerves.
The healing properties of a sauna can provide more long-term relief than other methods for combatting sciatica. Plus with your personal sauna from Good Health Saunas, you can make an appointment with yourself daily to enjoy a sauna session while reducing sciatica pain and improving your overall health.
Interestingly, an infrared sauna is not only good for sciatica pain. It is effective in helping you combat a whole host of other health problems.
We’re inviting you to give it a try yourself!