Because it affects the lower back, buttocks, legs and feet, sciatica can make sitting for long periods of time nearly unbearable, and if you have a desk job then you probably know this fact all too well.

Helpful tips

Here are some simple ways to make the hours you spend in the office more comfortable:

  • Install a seat cover – There are a number of electronic seat covers available that can both massage your back and provide warmth, which might alleviate your pain and other sciatica symptoms. Alternatively, you could bring in a heating pad for your back and use it when your symptoms flare up.
  • Use ice packs – If your office has a refrigerator or freezer, keep an ice pack handy and apply throughout the day as necessary. Alternating cold therapy with heat can sometimes intensify the therapeutic effect.
  • Stretch – Take frequent stretch breaks, not only for your lower back but also for your neck, upper body, and legs. Keeping your muscles loose can help you avoid aggravating your sciatica, and regular breaks throughout the day can also serve as a relaxing ritual to help you de-stress.

Learn more

For more information on working in an office with sciatica, or to learn more about the minimally invasive techniques performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us. We’ll review your MRI or CT scan, discuss your sciatica treatment options and let you know if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.

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