5 simple remedies for sciatica that you need to try before putting another painkiller in your mouth
Sciatic pain is initiated by a compressed nerve in the lower back that leads to weakness and numbness in the legs. This pain occurs in the lower back and spreads to your thighs, legs and buttocks.
The most common case of sciatica is lumbar disc herniation. A tearing in the layers of the disc is caused due to a mechanical stress, which also initiates the inner substance to herniate.
This happens at the weakest points of the disc, in the area where the nerve root exits from the spinal canal.
These are the most effective ways to relieve sciatica pain:
Heat and Ice Therapy
This contrasting therapy will reduce the inflammation and pain. Apply heat packs or ice packs. The heat is helping you to loosen up the muscles and the ice is reducing the swelling and inflammation.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Sciatica symptoms may be significantly reduced by acupuncture. This procedure means locating tiny needles in the sink at specific points alongside the meridian channels. For more on using meridian lines as part of holistic health, read Meridian Points for Chronic Fatigue.
The needles are causing a kind of micro-trauma to the muscles and that leads to the release of endorphin. The endorphin is calming the nerves and relieves the muscle pain.
Decompression and Lumbar Spine Traction Therapy
This is a traction therapy that is spreading the lumber vertebrae and allows the disc material to re-absorb in the outer disc material. Read more on lumbar spine traction therapy.
McKenzie Exercises are recommended by numerous physiotherapists and chiropractors as an effective way to reduce leg pain. However, you need to consult your physiotherapist or chiropractor before you begin doing them.
Chiropractic Care and Physiotherapy
In order to alleviate pain, you can try ultrasound and other modalities, electrotherapy, joint mobilization, exercises, manipulation and soft tissue therapies.
The treatments by physiotherapists and chiropractors help in relieving sciatica, by promoting proper motion which relieves the pain.
Nevertheless, note that it is important to ask your physiotherapist and chiropractor to recommend the most suitable treatments for you.
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