Posted on: November 18, 2016 at 11:39 am
Last updated: November 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm

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.


Causes of Sciatica Pain

The most common cause of sciatica pain 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.


Here Are 5 Tips on How to Relieve Sciatica Pain Naturally:

Person touching their lower back

1. 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.

2. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

person receiving acupuncture treatment

Sciatica symptoms may be significantly reduced by acupuncture. This procedure means locating tiny needles in the skin 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 endorphins. The endorphins calm the nerves and relieve the muscle pain.

3. 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.

4. McKenzie Exercises

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.

5. Chiropractic Care and Physiotherapy

To alleviate sciatica 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 sciatica pain relief treatment for you.

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