Sciatica is a medical condition that causes pain in the lower back. This pain usually radiates down through the hip and into the knee, but it can go all the way down to your ankle. It can occur in one or both legs and cause numbness that some refer to as a tingling sensation. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy and medications to treat the condition at home. Upgrading your bathroom in different ways can also help you cope with that pain and make your bathroom look better than ever.
Change Your Shower Head
Consider changing out your shower head for one with a massaging or pulsating setting. It’s so easy to change the head that you can do it yourself in just a few minutes. Most models simply screw off the pipe coming through the wall, and you can then screw the new one in place. A hand-held shower head with a pulsating setting lets you remove the shower head from the wall and use it exactly where you experience pain. The heat and massage work together to eliminate pain.
Install a Separate Shower
Anyone who ever dealt with sciatica pain before knows that walking while going through an outbreak is extremely hard. The pain that you feel can worsen when going up and down steps or moving your back and/or legs in any way. Climbing into a bathtub can make your pain even worse and leave you skipping showers and baths until your pain goes away. Installing a separate shower stall with a walk-in design helps you shower while in pain. Walk-in designs are more shallow and do not require that you step inside.
Use a Hot Tub
You may want to replace your old bathtub with a new hot tub too like a La-Z-Boy hot tub. Hot tubs have multiple jets around the side that force water out at a high and steady stream, which helps you relieve stiff muscles and eliminate pain in those muscle groups. Most have an angled back rest that you can lean against while sitting down to support your back as you bathe. The combination of hot water and jets can significantly reduce the pain you experience because of sciatic nerve damage. A new shower, hot tub or shower head can help you recover from a sciatica outbreak at home and make your bathroom feel more comfortable too.