Among the biggest in our body is the sciatic nerve, which starts from the lower spine, goes through the buttocks and ends down to the lower limb of the foot.
The place where it is located, makes it responsible for for the strength, feeling and movement of our legs.
Sciatica pain is a common problem, which is manifested with pain, tingling, weakness, and numbness of the lower limbs, and because of this signs, it may also be confused with leg cramps or lover back pain.
Sometimes it can lead to numbness and mild ache, but it can also cause almost unbearable, sharp and burning sensation in one side of our body.
As this problem results in discomfort and pain, it makes people to stay in bed, and patients usually use some over-the-counter drugs, like ibuprofen, in order to relieve the pain and symptoms.
According to several researches, even 40% of the world’s population, will suffer from this problem at some period of their lives. In this article we are going to present you 8 natural ways, in order to alleviate sciatica pain and treat the inflammation.
Here they are:
This is a kind of alternative treatment, which includes insertion of hair-fine needles at certain points from our body, in order to help the nerve function, and boost energy as well.
Even after the first treatment, you can see some improvements and feel relief, but doing it several times more, can make miracles to the pain. Nowadays, acupuncture is extremely popular, because it has shown to be very effective in the case of migraines, stress, giving up smoking, as well as in stimulating the lymph flow.
2. Chiropractic adjustments
According to several researches, this method has been proved to be very effective in treating this problem, as the manipulation of the spine helps in alleviating pain, as well as promote healing, treat inflammation, restore mobility and enhance function.
3. Ice packs
Sciatica can be instantly relieved by using ice packs. You can also use one simple package of frozen peas and wrap it in a towel, and then put it on the affected area. On every three hours, leave the packages for 20 minutes and the pain will completely disappear.
4. Alternative temperatures
Ice packs can be very effective and can provide an instant relief, but as the sciatic nerve is deep in our body, they cannot go deeper and treat the inflammation. Because of this, immediately after the ice pack, you will need to apply a hot pack, or have a hot bath.
In this way the alternation of temperatures will help in stimulating the circulation and the lymph flow and thus, the inflammation will be treated and its healing will be accelerated. For better and improved results, use some essential oils, herbs, or Epsom salts when you take a bath.
5. Mild (yoga) stretches
In order to accelerate healing, you will need to be active, even though every single movement can be very painful. For that purpose, you can do yoga stretches or gentle back stretches, in order to improve mobility, strengthen the muscles on the back, and boost the blood flow.
What can be very effective in treating and removing pain are trigger-point therapies or deeper massaging. It can be also effective for treating muscle spasms, and numbness of the toes and legs. Also, by using some herb-infused oils and essential oils, you will have a lot of benefits.
7. Herbs and oils
There are a lot of herbs, which can be very effective, as they can treat pain and reduce inflammation. They can be used via infused oils, capsules, salves, and liniments.
They can be also used in tinctures, elixirs, essential oils, and tea either from fresh or dried herbs, and that will alleviate pain.
But, if you take some medications, first consult with your doctor before you start using some of these herbs and make sure they don’t interfere with the medications. So, in order to reduce inflammation, as well as pain and to support nerve health, you can use some of the following herbs:
Turmeric or curcumin (mix it with black pepper in order to increase its bioavailability);
– Roman chamomile;
– Devil’s claw;
– Milky oat tops;
– White willow bark;
– Mullein root;
– Clary Sage;
– St. John’s Wort;
– Jamaican dogwood;
– Linden flower;
When you want to relax your body and muscles, as well as to strengthen and rebuild the nerves, you will need to get enough sleep.
There is still not a scientific prove for these alternative sciatica pain remedies, but there are a lot of people that have experienced some kind of relief when used them, and they have also succeeded in controlling cramps, spasms, pain and numbness.
But, if you experience these kind of symptoms for a couple of weeks, you will need to visit your doctor, because you may suffer from some other condition which pinches the nerves or leads to pressure, like dislocated vertebrae, and another therapy, or a surgery, may be the solution.