So many people suffer from sciatica which is a pain that comes from the back, goes through the buttocks and into the legs and manifests in tingling, weakness and numbness of the legs. It is an exceptionally debilitating pain that often causes a sharp and burning feeling in the one side of the body.
The pain is so bad that it forces people to take to their beds Ibuprofen, or a similar over the counter drug, is commonly used to treat Sciatica, but there are ways to treat this naturally.
How many people struggle with Sciatica?
It is a very common problem with over 40% of the world population suffering at one stage or another.
How to treat Sciatica without drugs
Manipulation of the spine can relieve pain, promote healing, reduce inflammation and restore mobility. Only a registered Chiropractor can help you.
This is an ancient Chinese alternative practice. An Acupuncturist will insert fine needles into certain body points, reducing pain, treating the problem, boosting energy and helping nerve function. Acupuncture can be used for a wide range of health issues and again, must be done by a professional. Acupuncture is widely used in treating Sciatica.
Exercise and stretches
Do this under the supervision of a yoga or pilates instructor, or a qualified physiotherapist. The right stretches and poses will ease pain and realign the body. Done correctly, they will improve mobility and lessen inflammation.
A physiotherapist or trained masseur can offer deep massage which is effective in lessening muscle spasms and relieving pain. Massage can also get rid of numbness and tingling by releasing the right muscles or nerves. An aromatherapist may mix essential oils for an herbal massage and release.
Herbs and Oils
We know that natural herbs can relieve pain and reduce inflammation as well as boosting the body. Herbs can be taken as capsules, or rubbed on as salves or within infused oils. Go to your local health store to find the right herbs or oils for you. Some of the better ones are:
- Clary Sage
- Devil’s Claw
- Turmeric and cumin
- Roman chamomile
- Mullein root
- Jamaican dogwood
Arnica in particular is an excellent muscle relaxant and has marvelous healing qualities.
Hot and cold temperatures
An ice pack can relieve Sciatica. You can take a packet of frozen vegetables, wrap it in a towel and apply to the painful area. Do this every hour or so for a deep relief.
A hot pack can do exactly the same, especially if applied directly after the ice pack. The alternation of temperatures stimulate circulation and blood flow and can treat the inflammation and swelling and speed up the healing process.
A hot bath with the right oils can also do wonders.
During sleep the muscles of the body relax, strengthen and rebuild. The body stops tensing during sleep and a good sleep can definitely relieve symptoms.
The above may not be scientifically confirmed remedies but they are definitely alternative remedies that are recognized by the medical world and that many people have found relief in. Remember if at any time you feel nervous or unsure about your condition, visit a doctor to get a medical opinion. You may have another condition that requires medical treatment or surgery, so always check it out especially if your symptoms are long lasting.