What are the Natural Treatments for Sciatic Pain?
by James Dudley – Feb 26, 2015
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A research shows that at least 40% of the people suffers from Sciatica or some sort of sciatic nerve related pain, at some point in their lives. Those who are not aware, this is the very nerve that runs along the either side of the lower spine through the pelvis and buttocks and passes along the back of each upper leg before it divides at the knee into branches that go to the feet.
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by inflammation or physical damage. Sciatic nerve pain can have a number of causes:
-bulging or herniated disc
-narrowing of the spinal column
-inflammation of the soft tissues in the surrounding areas
-short or spasming piriformis muscle in the buttock (piriformis syndrome)
Sciatica is usually accompanied by a mild ache; a sharp, burning sensation; or extreme discomfort on the back of buttock or thigh. It can also cause feelings of numbness, weakness, and tingling. Fortunately, most acute sciatic pain cases recover within 6 weeks, however a small number develop chronic sciatica.
Effective Natural Remedies For Sciatica
One of the experts on the subject reportedly said that patient can get relief from sciatica as soon as the first session of acupuncture, though it takes about 12 sessions to see improvement. Basically, acupuncture will help to reprogram the muscles to stay relaxed. In effect, this is working to help the body heal itself. Chinese massage, or tui na, works to foster the acupuncture by releasing any extra tension in the fascia and connective tissue around the muscles. After the pain is gone, it is important to keep up your own back. Stretching is essential
Yoga is not much of an effective means to relieve sciatic pain but it does strengthen the muscles and improving flexibility. Moreover, one of the reports online also says that a yoga practice can help sciatica sufferers “move and function better so they don’t fall into a posture that aggravates the sciatica.”
Don’t expect a chilled-out spa massage if you have sciatica. In this instance, trigger-point therapy is best. The sciatic nerve sits underneath a muscle called the piriformis, which is located beneath the glutes. When the piriformis muscle gets tight, it pinches the sciatic nerve, causing tingling and numbness down into the leg, the massage therapist applies pressure to the irritated and inflamed areas, or trigger points, in the piriformis muscle, as well as in muscles in the lower back and glutes to relieve you of the pain.
Ice or Heat
Since the sciatic nerve is not close to our skin and is buried deep within the buttock, cold and heat may not calm down the inflammation within. However, it does help reduce the pain a bit. You may apply an ice pack or a heating pad as needed for 15 minutes.
Herbs And Oils
As may already know it, there are quite a lot of herbs to help you fight the pain and inflammation, naturally. Some of the best herbs used for nerve pain, nerve health, and inflammation are Devil’s claw, Jamaican dogwood, Turmeric, Kratom, Arnica, Willow, Skullcap, John’s wort, Mullein root, Roman chamomile, Clary Sage, Lavender, Linden flower, Milky oats tops, and Licorice.
One of the most important aspect about any sickness related to nerves is rest. Thus, a good sleep is always a best thing that will give your body a good time to heal, relax, and balance. So make some time to sleep and rest to give your nerves the chance to regenerate and strengthen themselves.
James is a practicing and licensed, board-certified holistic physician. He is also trained as a pharmacologist, international public health specialist, holistic nutritionist, and Ayurvedic practitioner.