Apply cold and hot compress for the care and relief of Sciatica
Effectiveness: 4.2Popularity: 106
Why it works: Cold compress can reduce inflammation and numb sore tissue, alleviating some of the pain in the sciatic nerve. After your acute pain has subsided, usually after a few days, you can then apply heat therapy which helps relax tense muscles and improves blood circulation.
How it works: Apply cold compress at the beginning when the pain is sharp and intense. Wrap a plastic ice pack with a cloth or thin towel. Hold it against the painful areas (usually the lower back where the sciatic nerve is pinched) to reduce the inflammation and numb sore tissue. After the initial sharp pain is subsided, you can start to apply warm compress using hot water bottle or heating pad. You can also try using warm and cold compress alternatively at the second stage.
The self cure remedy of Apply cold and hot compress for the care and relief of Sciatica has an effectiveness score of 4.2 and a popularity score of 106 on the self-cure system.