Sciatic pain arises from the sciatic nerve, which stretches from the lower back down into each leg. The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging or herniated disk. Sciatica causes pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the legs and sometimes all the way through the toes. Some pain can be so intense to keep sciatica sufferers in bed for the whole day.
Sciatic Pain Treatments
Sciatica often results in pain on a daily basis, which means it is important to try to treat the pain as naturally as possible, rather than using harsh medications every day. Seven of the best natural treatments for sciatica are listed below.
1. Chiropractic Adjustments
A majority of patients experience relief from sciatic pain after chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments are effective because the manipulation of the spine often results in increased mobility, improved function, and reduced inflammation.
Inserting fine needles into the body at seemingly random points may not seem like the ideal treatment, but it is extremely effective. And although the thought of needles may be scary for some people, the patient can hardly feel the needles because they are so thin. Acupuncture not only increases energy but also contributes to proper nerve function. Most people experience relief immediately after the first session. However, it is recommended that multiple sessions be attended.
An ice pack, or even a frozen bag of peas, wrapped in a thin towel and applied to the affected area is a cheap, easy, natural and effective treatment for sciatic pain. Alternate between 20 minutes of ice-pack treatment and 20 minutes of no treatment for two hours.
4. Alternate Temperatures
To reach deep pain, follow the 20 minutes of ice-pack treatment with 20 minutes of heat. You can also take a hot bath right after icing the area. By alternating temperatures, you can boost circulation and reduce inflammation. To get the most out of your bath, add a couple of drops of pure peppermint oil or a handful of Epsom salts to the hot running water.
Nobody can deny that a massage is enjoyable, but massages are especially useful to and important for sciatica sufferers. Deep massages or trigger-point therapies have had excellent success in treating muscle spasms, pain, and numbness in the legs and lower back. Try finding a massage therapist that has ample experience in treating sciatica as a more unique technique is necessary for the massage to be most effective.
6. Herbs and Oils
There are many natural herbs and pure oils that can provide soothing relief for sciatic pain. Some of the most commonly used herbs and oils used for inflammation and pain include:
Most of these can be found either in a pure oil form or in a capsule, or tea. A drop or two of peppermint oil directly onto the area(s) may also provide relief.
Making sure you get enough sleep is crucial to helping ease sciatic pain. While sleeping, your body is allowed to not only rest but also recover—easing pain and reducing inflammation. It is recommended that you get 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.
These natural remedies are some of the easiest and quickest ways to ease sciatic pain. In addition, they will not result in stomach issues or high blood pressure like many pain medications. If you do suffer from sciatica, it is also important to maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle. It is crucial to maintain a healthy weight in order to avoid exacerbating the condition.