Sciatic nerve is among the biggest in the human body and it starts at the lower spine, goes through the buttocks and ends down to the lower limb of the foot. Its location makes this nerve responsible for the strength, feeling and movement of legs.
Very common issue at adults is sciatica pain and it is manifested by pain, tingling, weakness, and numbness of the lower limbs. Due to these symptoms it may often be mistaken for leg cramps or lower back pain.
At some patients it causes numbness and mild ache, but in most cases it causes almost unbearable, sharp, burning sensation in one side of the body.
That discomfort and pain usually force people to stay in bed all day most of the patients utilize some over-the-counter drugs to relieve its symptoms, such as ibuprofen.
The latest studies show that even 40% of the world’s population will experience this medical issue at some point in their lives. Continue with reading and you can read 8 natural ways to alleviate sciatica pain and treat the inflammation.
Acupuncture is form of alternative medicine and includes the insertion of hair-fine needles at certain body points, and the aim is to help the nerve function and boost energy.
Patients who have tried it explain that they felt relief of this therapy right after the first treatment, but several sessions can do miracles for the pain. It is fact that today the acupuncture is extremely popular, as it has been prove as effectivetreatment in cases of migraines, stress, giving up smoking and also to stimulate the lymph flow.
According to the researches, chiropractic adjustments can be very efficient in treating this issue, due to the fact that manipulation of the spine can alleviate pain, promote healing, treat inflammation, restore mobility and also to enhance function.
Ice packs instantly can relieve sciatica. Simply take package of frozen peas, wrap it in a towel, and place it directly on the painful area. Let it for 20 minutes and repeat every 3 hours – the pain will be completely relieved.
Despite the fact that ice packs provide an instant relief, still they cannot treat the inflammation, and the sciatic nerve is deep in the body. That is the reason why you need to apply a hot pack immediately after the ice pack, or you can have a hot bath.
Namely, the alternation of temperatures stimulates the circulation and lymph flow, and therefore you will treat the inflammation, and accelerate its healing. In order to get best results, it is advisable to add some essential oils, herbs or Epsom salts to your bath.
Mild (Yoga) Stretches
Although each movement may be painful, you need to be active and on that way to accelerate healing. It is recommended to practice yoga stretches or gentle back stretches. That will improve your mobility, but in same time will strengthen the muscles on the back and boost the blood flow.
Deeper massaging or trigger – point therapies are extremely effective in treating of pain, muscle spasms and numbness of the toes and legs. In addition to that you can use herb-infused oils and essential oils which are even more beneficial.
Herbs And Oils
There are various natural herbs that will provide you great effects, because they will reduce inflammation and treat pain. You can use any of these herbs via infused oils, capsules, salves and liniments.
Additionally, you can utilize these herbs in tinctures, elixirs, essential oils and tea from fresh or dried herbs and on that way to alleviate pain.
Important note: before you start to use any natural herbs, you should consult your doctor, in order to check if the herbs interfere with some medications you already take.
Below you can read a list with most helpful herbs that will help you to reduce inflammation, and pain and support nerve health:
Turmeric or curcumin (mix it with black pepper in order to increase its bioavailability)
Milky oat tops
White willow bark
St. John’s Wort
It is important to get enough sleep and thus to relax the muscles and the body, and strengthen and rebuild the nerves.
Even though, the science has not confirmed these alternative sciatica pain remedies yet, a lot of people have experienced significant relief thanks to them and also have succeeded to control cramps, spasms, pain and numbness.
In case if you experience these symptoms longer that a couple of weeks, you definitely need to visit medical expert because you may have some other condition which pinches the nerves or leads to pressure, like dislocated vertebrae. In these cases another therapy or a surgery, may be the solution.