Sciatica nerve pain also called as sciatica is the pain that extends from the lower back and spreads downward to your lower limbs through buttocks. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body.
The nerve roots of sciatic nerve begins from the spinal cord and connects to the nerves for the skin and muscles of the legs and foot. Sciatic nerve pain is mainly caused by the lumbar disc herniation and other factors include inflammation and irritation of the sciatic nerve. The common symptoms observed in sciatic nerve pain are leg pain, hip pain, numbness, burning sensation and lumbar pain. Here are some of the natural ways to relieve sciatic nerve pain.
Hot and Cold Compress
Hot and Cold compress is one of the easiest and effective ways to treat your sciatic nerve pain. Take a hot or cold pack and place it on your affected area for 15-20 minutes. This can be done by alternating hot and cold packs also. Practice this several times a day for better results. Taking warm baths also works in reducing the pain.
Chiropractor Spinal Manipulation
Spinal manipulation (a sudden force is applied to spinal joints) is generally performed by chiropractors and osteopathic physicians that involves and combines different techniques – moving and jolting joints, exercises and massage. Studies show that chiropractic adjustments) relive the pain to a greater extent in the patients suffering from the agonizing sciatic nerve pain.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine in which tiny needles are inserted through your skin at specific points called as acupressure points where the ‘Chi’ energy runs. This is done by an acupuncturist and it is claimed to relieve pain and boost wellbeing. The acupuncture needles are approved by USFDA.
Massage therapy is the holistic approach which improves the blood circulation by opening up the muscles and tissues. Massage relaxes the muscles and releases the endorphins, natural pain relievers in your body. Massage can be done with some essential oils such as peppermint, ginger, wintergreen and clove oil. Try considering trigger-point massage therapy for good results.
Avoid Sitting for Long Periods, Get Moving
Sitting for long hours while watching TV, working or studying at your desk worsens the sciatica pain. Try to do some targeted exercises that include stretches, isometric exercises and even walking will help you to relax. Performing yoga gives you to develop good posture and reduces inflammation and pain to a greater extent.