According to the statistics, even 40% of the world’s population will experience the sciatica pain at some point in their lives.
The sciatic nerve is the biggest nerve in the human’s body, connecting the lower spine with the lower limb of the foot. This nerve is responsible for the strength, feeling, and movement of the legs.
Sciatica pain is a condition, manifested by pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness of the lower limbs. From time to time, it may lead to numbness and mild ache, however, sometimes it causes almost awful, sharp, burning feeling on one side of the body.
The results of that pain usually force the people to stay in the bed and take the painkiller drugs to relieve its symptoms, such as ibuprofen.
As the drugs can cause many side effects, some alternative natural ways can be used to treat the inflammation and alleviate sciatica pain. Here we will present you 8 natural ways how to relieve the pain:
This alternative treatment includes the insertion of hair-fine needles at certain body points, which goal is to help the nerve function and to boost the energy.
What is specific for this therapy is the relieving the pain even after the first treatment. Currently, acupuncture is enormously popular, as in addition, it is effective in the case of stress, migraines, giving up smoking, and stimulating the lymph flow.
- Chiropractic Adjustments
For many people visiting chiropractors, instead of the doctors is a regular procedure, as their adjustments can be effective in treating this issue, and by manipulating the spine they successfully alleviate pain, treat inflammation, restore mobility, and enhance function.
- Ice Packs
Placing ice packs on the affected area can instantly relieve sciatica. If you don’t have ice packs, you can use a simple package of frozen peas wrapped in a towel, and place it directly on the painful area. This treatment should be 20 minutes, repeating it every 3 hours, which in most of the cases completely relieve the pain.
- Alternate Temperatures
Ice packs are effective in the instant relief of the pain, but they don’t have a deeper effect and treating the inflammation. In order to get the best results, you should apply a hot pack immediately after the ice pack, or have a hot bath.
This method of alternating the temperatures will stimulate the circulation and lymph flow, and help you to treat the inflammation, and accelerate its healing. If you want to enhance the effectiveness, you can add some herbs, essential oils, or Epsom salts to your bath.
- Mild (Yoga) Stretches
When you are suffering from the sciatica pain, every single movement can be painful, however, you need to be active as it can accelerate healing. To avoid excess pain by doing movements, you can practice yoga stretches or gentle back stretches. Those activities will improve mobility, boost the blood flow and strengthen the muscles on the back.
The deeper massaging can tremendously help in treating pain, numbness and muscle spasms of the legs and toes. To enhance the effectiveness you can apply the herb-infused oils and the essential oils on the affected area.
- Herbs and Oils
Numerous natural herbs that have been used for centuries can provide great effects, especially when it comes to the inflammation and treating pain. They are usually used via infused oils, salves, capsules, and liniments.
In addition, those herbs are used in tinctures, essential oils, elixirs, and tea from fresh or dried herbs, again to alleviate the pain.
To avoid any complications, before you start using natural herbs, the advice of your doctor will be welcomed. This is especially important as many herbs may interfere with some medications you take.
Here is a list of the most helpful herbs that are used in order to reduce inflammation and pain, and in addition, to support nerve health:
– Turmeric or curcumin
– Devil’s claw
– Roman chamomile
– White willow bark
– Milky oat tops
– Clary Sage
– Mullein root
– St. John’s Wort
– Linden flower
– Jamaican dogwood
As sleeping helps in relaxing the muscles and the body and strengthens and rebuilds the nerves it is of great importance for the people who suffer from sciatica pain.
All those alternative sciatica pain remedies are not confirmed by the science yet, but numerous people have extremely positive experience by using them.
We suggest you try them, but, in case that doesn’t help significantly longer than a couple of weeks, you should visit your doctor, because of the possibility to have some other condition which pinches the nerves or leads to pressure, which needs more serious treatment, such as surgery.