Finding Relief for Your Sciatica Pain Naturally

Back-acheSciatica is a tingling, numbness or pain that is caused by irritation of the roots of the nerve that actually lead to the sciatic nerve. This is the nerve that is formed by the nerve roots that are coming out of the spinal cord and into the lower back. The nerve travels through the buttock and then down the back of the leg and into the ankle and foot. It’s painful and can drive you to be on bedrest for the day. Thankfully you can take control of your sciatica pain naturally with these tips.

Sciatica Causes

The most common reason that you experience sciatica pain is due to a ruptured or bulging disc that is pressing on the nerve roots that lead to the actual sciatic nerve. However, it can also be caused by pregnancy or more serious issues like tumors.

Ice

You can use two ice packs, one on the buttock area and one across the front of the hip. It is recommended that you leave the ice in place for a period of 20 minutes at a time. This should be followed by heat and applied every two hours.

Heat

You can apply heat in the form of a heating pad or a hot bath for a period of 20 minutes. This alteration of temperatures will increase the circulation and open the energy channels that are present in the body and assist the healing process. Try adding Epsom salts to help alleviate the pain as well.

Herbs

There are several different anti-inflammatory herbs that are able to help alleviate nerve pain and discomfort. Some commonly used herbs include rosemary, turmeric, and peppermint. You can find these herbs in essential oils and rub them on the affected areas for relief.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors use a drug free method of treatment that will alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with sciatica. Regular visits can provide substantial relief for the pain that is associated with sciatica.

Sleep

In order to restore your body to overall great health, you need plenty of sleep. This is how your body naturally heals and allows the nerves to rebuild. If you suffer from sciatica pain, it is important to sleep with good posture to allow your body to get the rest it needs.

Acupuncture

This procedure targets different pressure points on the body to alleviate pain in different regions. It has proven extremely effective for many people suffering from sciatica pain and discomfort.

With these tips you will be able to naturally alleviate the pain and discomfort that is associated with sciatica. This can help improve your overall quality of life as well as reduce the pain that you feel on a daily basis.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health and medical advice.

 

Story Credit 1, 2, Image Credit: Back-ache by Craig Sunter. Used under Creative Commons license. 

 

 

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