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In recent weeks we have spoken about the benefits of ice and related therapies that are often more effective than analgesics and various medicines - and are even less harmful! Today we’d like to give you some more tips on how to use ice for pain.
After having discussed migraines and muscular pain, today we will talk about using cold against sciatica, acute lumbago and backache. These three conditions affect an enormous segment of the population: common disturbances which often require costly treatment (such as massages, physiotherapy, etc.)
Can cold help keep pain in check? Before seeing the effects of ice, let's clarify the above disturbances.
Sciatica is that pain - more or less intense - that runs along the sciatic nerve, which passes through the gluteus, thigh and leg. The most common symptoms that signal inflammation of the sciatic nerve are numbness, tingling, and pain during movement.
Acute lumbago is pain that affects the lower back area and consequently leads to immobility and very acute pain. This condition must also be evaluated with a physician, who is able to recommend therapies and examinations of various kinds.
The classic and dreaded backache, however, is a skeletal muscle pain that affects the lumbar area (especially the lower back). Often linked to poor posture, it can also be caused by other factors, such as obesity, smoking, depression and anxiety, exhausting work, and physical exercise done improperly.
How can ice intervene to counteract these painful phenomena? The effect of cold is notoriously anti-inflammatory: an ice pack, or an ice bag (even something "rustic" created from what is available in the freezer at home) can work wonders! Be sure to:
- not let ice and skin contact directly, but place a towel between them;
- apply ice on the joints - for those with less experience, where you feel the "bones" - and not directly on the aching muscle;
- apply ice packs and ice bags for a maximum of 15 minutes, then allow the aching part to rest and repeat the ice therapy after a few hours.
If you suffer from sciatica, apply the ice directly on the aching part of the leg, taking care to follow the above advice.
To feel even better, it is recommended that you alternate hot and cold. How? Try to follow this tip: after a cold pack, prepare a warm one and apply it on the aching area - or better yet, take a hot bath (if possible, add essential oils or herbs with anti-inflammatory properties such as basil, rosemary, devil’s claw). By alternating the temperatures, the blood flow will increase, as will lymphatic circulation: consequently, the inflammation will tend to go down, thereby reducing healing time.
You see? There are many ways that ice can help us feel better. For questions, interesting observations or additional information, don’t hesitate to contact the Dispotech team!