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4 Natural Treatments for Sciatic Pain

Ever woken up with a throbbing pain that might have started from either side of your lower spine, which traveled through your pelvis and buttocks and all the way to the lower limbs?

And this kind of pain that keeps nagging you and wouldn’t subside easily; the more pressure you put on, the more this nerve gets irritated and may cause feeling of numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations going to the entire legs.

This is likely Sciatic Pain or ‘Sciatica’.

This pain can worsen by prolonged sitting, coughing, sneezing, lifting or bending. It is usually repetitive, often felt in one leg (sometimes both extremities) and often described as intolerable similar to having a terrible toothache.

The Sciatic Nerve

Quick science lesson: The sciatic nerve is one of the biggest in the body. Starting from either side of your lower spine; passing through the pelvis, buttocks, divides at each knee and ending down to the lower limb of the foot.

Its location makes it responsible for the feeling, strength and movement of legs.

 

Natural Remedies

Acupuncture

A popular and traditional Chinese medicine which uses fine needles inserted at certain body points to stimulate the nerve to function and boost energy. Few sessions of this alternative treatment can alleviate sciatic pain.

Massage Therapy, Yoga and Stretching

Trigger-point therapies or deep massage can reduce sciatica, help release muscle tension, improve circulation and support nerve health. You will benefit more from using herb-infused oils or essential oils – turmeric or cucumin, roman chamomile, St. John’s wort, lavender – every session.

Yoga and stretching strengthen the core, remove stiffness and improve mobility. Both may be painful but they are safe and effective for people with sciatic nerve pain.

Chiropractor Spinal Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments or spinal manipulations can be helpful in treating sciatica. Basically, a chiropractor will adjust to realign your spine to reduce nerve irritability causing inflammation, muscle spasm and pain.

Adjustments should not be painful and usually bring quick relief.

Sciatica Exercises

Inactivity will usually make sciatic pain worse. If you are all bed rest when sciatica strikes, your back muscles and spinal structures will become weak and less able to support your back.

In addition, active exercises are important in the nutrient – fluid exchanges within your spinal discs. This will keep your spine healthy and prevent pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica exercises include:

Core muscle strength exercises strengthen abdominal and back muscles. These can help you recover more quickly and are less likely to experience the recurrence of future pain.

These involve regular programs of gentle stretching to target sciatica’s inflexible and tight muscles.

Hamstring stretching help relax overly tight hamstring muscles – located at the back of the thigh, which increase stress on the low back and aggravate sciatic nerve pain.

Aerobic conditioning encourages general body fitness. It provides excellent form for the lower back muscles, buttocks and legs, thus inhibits flare up of sciatica pain.

Important Things to Remember:

  1. It is necessary to know the accurate diagnosis before you start any sciatica exercises. This is to avoid worsening your sciatic pain by doing the wrong type of exercise.
  2. You should minimize daily stress on the lower back; use appropriate ergonomics while lifting, maintain good posture and make sure your lower back is supported while sitting.
  3. Avoid sitting or standing for longer periods of time.
  4. Brisk walking each day is an excellent exercise for the low back.

 

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