The sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in the body. It starts at the bottom of the spine and runs through the buttocks and down from the lower limbs to the legs. This nerve provides movement, sensation, and power in the leg.
Around 40% of the world’s population will suffer from sciatica at some point in their life. Sciatica is a condition that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the lower extremities, but is often mistaken for lower back pain or even leg cramps. It starts as pressure or pressure on a nerve and then continues as pain in the lower back and legs.
You may feel a dull ache and numbness, or a sharp, burning, and very painful sensation on one side of your body. The pain and discomfort may require people to stay in bed and, in most cases, take ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain reliever.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to eight natural ways to treat inflammation and relieve pain.
1 – Chiropractic correction. Studies based on chiropractic adjustment have shown varying levels of efficacy in treating sciatica, but many patients have experienced significant relief. Spinal manipulation can restore motion, improve function, reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and promote normal healing.
2 – Acupuncture. This alternative treatment involves inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture increases energy flow and also promotes proper nerve function. You should feel relief after the first treatment, but many people will benefit from multiple sessions.
- Ice pack. Ice packs or a simple bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel can work wonders for immediate sciatica relief. Apply compresses directly to the affected area for 20 minutes every two hours until the pain is completely gone.
4 – ALTERNATIVE TEMPERATURES – Ice packs are a proven way to get immediate relief, but the sciatic nerve is located deep in the body, so the packs cannot penetrate deeper into the inflammation. Immediately after the ice pack, apply a hot compress, or better yet, take a hot shower. With the alternation of temperatures, blood circulation and lymphatic flow can increase. This will reduce deep swelling and help the healing process. For best results, add some Epsom salt, anti-inflammatory herbs, or essential oils to your bath.
5 – Gentle stretching (yoga) – When you’re battling sciatica, mobility is probably the last thing on your mind. But it is important to stay active, otherwise the pain may last longer. Many people have confirmed that yoga or gentle back exercises improve the healing process. These exercises stimulate blood circulation, strengthen the back muscles and improve mobility.
- Massage. Deep tissue massage or trigger point therapy has been shown to be very effective in treating muscle spasms, pain and numbness in the feet and toes. Vegetable oils and essential oils will give you good results.
- Herbs and oils. Nature offers many herbs that have beneficial effects, and many of them can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It can be found in capsules, ointments, and infused oils. You can also make tea with fresh or dried herbs, or use elixirs, tinctures, and essential oils for pain relief. But be sure to check with your doctor or herbalist, as some herbs can interfere with medications you’re taking.
8 – Dream. Last but not least, try to get enough sleep. This will give your nerves and body time to relax, recover, and return to balance. Getting more sleep and rest helps restore and strengthen your nerves.
Although these complementary and alternative therapies are not supported by scientific evidence, many people experience significant improvements and are able to control pain, cramps, numbness, and spasms.
If your symptoms and pain last for more than a few weeks, be sure to see your doctor, as there is a chance that you have a dislocated vertebra or another condition that is causing pressure or compression on your nerves. If necessary, surgery is always possible.