Sciatica Prevention and Relief

To try to prevent back pain and sciatica, you should take good care of your body and practice healthy habits. You should:

  • Elderly Man with Sciatica PainSit and stand properly. Don't sit cross-legged because that puts pressure on your sciatic nerve.
  • Learn to lift correctly.
  • Exercise regularly. (Low-impact aerobic exercise is especially good.)
  • Attain and maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Eat healthy foods (a well-balanced, low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables).
  • Select a mattress and box spring that offers good support. Slip a pillow under your knees to help relieve low back pressure. People who prefer to sleep on their side should place a pillow between their knees to help reduce hip and low back pain.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol.
  • Get plenty of rest.
Updated on: 09/11/15
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