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3 Best Topicals For Pain Relief For Sciatica

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In this blog post we are going to discuss the 3 Best Topicals For Pain Relief For Sciatica. Sciatica can be excruciating and debilitating for many people, causing a great deal of pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips and legs. Fortunately, there are a few tried and true topicals that help by reducing the pain and inflammation associated with this condition. Hopefully by the end of this article, you will be able to make the best decision for selecting the right topical treatment for you.

What Helps Excruciating Sciatica Pain?

It’s recommended that you not only use topicals but also make lifestyle changes when treating excruciating sciatica pain, like trying to increase mobility, movement with massage therapy and self massage which is where these topicals can be extremely beneficial.

Below are a links to a few of the best pain relief topicals on the market.

  1. Biofreeze
  2. Voltaren
  3. Aspercreme Max

Is BioFreeze Good For Sciatic Nerve Pain?

Yes! First, let’s talk about BioFreeze – a great option for those suffering from sciatic nerve pain! This pain relief topical provides a unique cooling sensation and works by temporarily numbing the area to reduce swelling and inflammation. It’s one of the most popular products on the market for providing temporary relief from muscle and joint aches and pains. It’s also super easy to apply, and it’s nongreasy, making it a convenient option for those looking for a quick fix without much hassle. Because it contains natural herbal extracts and is parabenfree, BioFreeze is not only a safe but also effective option for sciatic nerve pain, but what about topical creams and gels?

Is Aspercreme Good For Sciatica?

Next let’s talk about Aspercreme – another great option for relief from sciatic nerve pain. This excellent topical contains menthol which not only helps to block pain signals but can also reduce that pesky pain and discomfort that recurs with sciatica. Like BioFreeze, Aspercreme is also nongreasy and won‘t leave any residue on your clothing. Furthermore, it‘s also really easy to apply and can provide relief in just a few minutes. It‘s also available in the form of cream, gel, and patches, so depending on your lifestyle, you can choose the type that works best for you. 

Can Voltaren Gel Be Used For Sciatica?

Absolutely, Voltaren gel is primarily indicated for the relief of joint pain associated with osteoarthritis, but it can be extremely beneficial for sciatica as well. It’s not recommended if you have open wounds or if you have had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the product, but it is one of the best on the market for over the counter pain relief. 

What Other Topical Creams Help With Sciatica?

Not every topical provides the same time of relief, which is why it’s recommended to try a few to find the one that works best for you. Below are 3 more of the best topical cremes on the market for relief from sciatic pain. These are all highly rated, and have produced amazing results for what can be an extremely uncomfortable nerve condition.


For additional support, you may consider massage therapy with a licensed massage therapist at IMMERSE Modern Massage to help you address the root cause of your discomfort, not just the symptoms.

What's the Best Way To Relieve Sciatica?

Massage therapy is definitely one of the best ways to relieve sciatic pain. For starters it can help release tension in muscles that put pressure on the sciatic nerve, like the glutes, hip flexors and piriformis. Secondly, it improves blood circulation and improves your immune system and lymph flow to the hips and low back, which can help in reducing inflammation and pain associated with this condition. Thirdly, massage can be extremely beneficial in relaxing your body which can help regulate the body’s response to stress. Lastly, massage also helps to increase flexibility and mobility of the hips which most people who have sciatica struggle. Overall, massage is definitely one of the most effective and natural ways to help relieve sciatic pain.

Can Sciatica Be Cured?

Absolutely! While it can be incredibly painful, sciatica can be cured. Ultimately, the first step in curing it is to determine what the underlying cause is. Usually by seeing a massage therapist, you can find a huge amount of relief from this painful condition.  It’s important to keep your body moving, and seek help when you are in pain or having flareups. Ultimately, as long as you take steps to treat the underlying cause, not just fix the symptoms, you can reduce the pain, or completely eliminate sciatica altogether. Exercise, and lifestyle changes can all help with the process. 

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Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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