What does Sciatica Pain Feel Like?
Have you been suffering with chronic pain, numbness, tingling or even muscle weakness?
Is the pain mainly affecting your pelvis, buttocks or your legs all the way down to your feet?
If you have these symptoms and you notice that its worse when you are sitting down for long periods of time, or triggered by ordinary movements such as coughing or sneezing, then you may be affected by a condition called sciatica. Although it is a difficult condition to manage, there are many ways to treat sciatica naturally.
Firstly, lets start off by saying kudos to you for taking the step to learn more about this condition and the treatment options available. You have definitely arrived at the right place, because in this article we will cover the causes, symptoms and top ten natural remedies for treating sciatica and associated pain.
- 1 What does Sciatica Pain Feel Like?
- 2 What Causes Sciatica Nerve Pain?
- 3 How To Prevent Sciatica From Taking Over Your Life
- 4 TOP TEN REMEDIES TO TREAT SCIATICA NATURALLY
- 4.1 EXERCISES TO HELP REDUCE SCIATICA PAIN
- 4.2 1. MORINGA – An Underestimated Yet Extremely Powerful ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Herb Referred to as the MIRACLE TREE of LIFE
- 4.3 2. JAMAICA DOGWOOD – Highly Effective Herb To Decrease Pain & Help You Sleep
- 4.4 3. TURMERIC – A Potent ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Remedy to Treat Sciatica Naturally
- 4.5 4. CAPSAICIN – One of the Most Powerful Natural Remedies to Treat Sciatica Pain Topically
- 4.6 5. VALERIAN ROOT & CLOVE OIL – Highly Effective ANTI-INFLAMMATORY and ANAESTHETIC Natural Therapies
- 4.7 6. WHITE WILLOW BARK – Has Powerful Aspirin-like ANTI-INFLAMMATORY & Analgesic Effects
- 4.8 7. ST JOHNS WORT OIL – Known as a Powerful Antidepressant, but is also an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
- 4.9 8. DEVILS CLAW – A Highly Effective ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Treatment for Sciatica
- 4.10 9. CHAMOMILE, GINGER, BLACK PEPPER, PEPPERMINT, LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OILS – Boast Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic & Muscle Relaxing Benefits
- 4.11 10. GARLIC – A Natural Wonder with ANTI-OXIDANT and ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Properties to Reduce Pain
- 4.12 BONUS TIP: EPSOM SALT BATH & REST – An Underestimated, but Powerful Treatment for Pain
- 5 Treat Sciatica Naturally…
- 6 Please Share, Like & Recommend if you found this valuable…
Sciatica is a relatively common condition that can affect both men and women. Now, I have both good and bad news, which would you prefer first?
OK. Bad news is once you get hit with sciatica, you are likely to suffer from flare ups periodically. You are one of the luckier ones if you don’t. Good news is through this article you will find hope (hopefully) & highly effective ways to treat sciatica naturally, including symptoms like pain, muscle tension and tingling associated with this sometimes debilitating condition.
What Causes Sciatica Nerve Pain?
Sciatica commonly occurs when the longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve, is compressed, irritated or even pinched. If you are wondering where the sciatic nerve is located in your body, it branches out from both sides of the lower spine, passing behind the pelvic bone, down both legs, right to the feet. Essentially, it connects the spinal chord with the muscles found in your legs and feet.
It is not unusual for sciatica to be a symptom of an underlying problem such as a herniated, slipped or bulging disc, which is when the disc (in between the vertebrae of the spine) can protrude out, causing sciatica symptoms. It can also arise as a result of Piriformis Syndrome (see below) in which case, you are likely to experience other symptoms in addition to the pain and tightness.
Another relatively prevalent cause linked to developing sciatica is degeneration of the discs. Essentially, the discs which are situated in between the spinal vertebrae act as buffers, or cushions, preventing the vertebrae from grinding against one another and also to minimize irritation or compression of the nerves in that region.
Once the discs have degenerated, this leads to trauma to the nerves which in turn can result in sciatica. Rarely, narrowing of the spinal nerve passages (stenosis) as well as tumours or trauma and infection can result in sciatica.
In most cases the pain and discomfort tends to subside within a a few months (at best) to a year (at worst), but occasionally it can last longer (especially if the discs have been compromised). If your pain has been going on for longer than a year, or you are/have experienced loss of sensation in your buttocks or in between the legs, then you should refer to a Doctor as soon as possible.
Good news is that there are a number of natural remedies to treat sciatica, but you have to find which ones work best for you. If you do not want to take any supplements to treat the pain, then practicing yoga, doing regular exercises and taking regular epsom salt baths can help prevent and provide soothing relief.
What is the difference between Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome?
Many confuse Sciatica with Piriformis Syndrome which is when a muscle located deep inside the buttocks (almost intertwined with the sciatic nerve) can become inflamed, thus causing sciatica like pain. Bleeding in the region, trauma/injury which can cause tightening or swelling in the piriformis muscle, and muscle spasms can all result in the development of Piriformis Syndrome.
The confusion arises due to the fact that Piriformis Syndrome can include sciatica pain & tightness as a symptom, as well as:
- worsening of pain if walking up an incline
- reduced movement at the hip (as the piriformis muscle is instrumental in ‘rotating the hip and turning the leg and foot outward’ (Spine-Health)
In most cases, Piriformis Syndrome will not include lower back pain, so this can sometimes be used to differentiate between sciatica and piriformis syndrome during diagnosis.
How To Prevent Sciatica From Taking Over Your Life
Although sciatica can prove to be debilitating to many, and it isn’t always possible to prevent it, there are a number of things you can do to minimise the risks of developing the condition.
1. HOW TO AVOID SCIATICA WHEN LIFTING HEAVY ITEMS
Improper handling of heavy items can cause ‘slipped’ discs or other injuries or trauma to the lower back region, which in turn can compress the nerves in that area and so cause sciatica or related pain. This is why it is essential to maintain proper posture whilst bending to pick up heavy items.
Not only should you make sure you are starting off right (by standing properly), you should always assess whether it is possible for you to actually lift the item(s) in question and follow specific guidelines for lifting safely. People often assume that if they are able to stand the weight and lift it, then it should be okay. Wrong. Often you can lift beyond what is a safe limit, and although you may not feel the burn then, you will later!
Ideally, you should:
- ASSESS the situation – ask yourself “can I actually lift this easily without straining?”
- LOOK for aids, and if none are available or you can pick up the items without additional help, then
- STAND with your legs apart and one foot slightly in front of the other to help with BALANCE
- BEND your back and knees slightly (without going so far as to squat or stoop)
- Lift and keep the item CLOSE to your hips, with the heaviest part of the load closest to your body
- AVOID turning or twisting whilst holding the package to minimise any injury
- PUSH rather than PULL the load if it is on a handling aid, and make sure you are always looking ahead to prevent any trips or falls
All this can help to reduce your chances of getting a back injury and developing sciatica as a result.
2. MAINTAINING GOOD POSTURE CAN PREVENT SCIATICA
It is also important to maintain a good posture whilst standing, sitting, sleeping and even driving.
- Always keep the back straight and stay upright when you are sitting or standing
- Keep weight evenly distributed on both legs
- Both feet should be flat on the floor
- If sitting, then you can place a small cushion to support the small of the back
- If you are sitting for long periods of time (i.e. when working or driving) then you should take small breaks throughout the time to walk around a little and stretch the back
- When sleeping, ensure you have a comfortable mattress which provides your back with enough support, and your pillow does not force your head up at a steep angle
3. EXERCISES TO REDUCE RISK OF DEVELOPING SCIATICA
Exercise is also important when it comes to both preventing sciatica symptoms and also to help relieve the symptoms if you are actively suffering from it right now.
If you recall, deteriorating discs can be a major cause of sciatica pain, so if I tell you that this is also an age-related issue that can affect even the fittest of people, what do you think you could you do to decrease the deterioration of the discs in your back?
Firstly, exercising regularly and with proper warm up (and cool down) can slow down age-related break down of the discs and help keep the supporting muscles in your back flexible and strong, able to withstand normal wear and tear. All this cuts your chances of getting a slipped or herniated disc, and as such drastically wittles down your risk of developing sciatica.
Ensuring you warm up and cool down adequately prevents any pulled muscles which means you are less likely to suffer any back injuries as you have stretched properly, and again this boosts your chances of steering clear of not only sciatica but also other kinds of exercise related pains and injuries.
TOP TEN REMEDIES TO TREAT SCIATICA NATURALLY
Now that we have covered the causes of sciatica, and what you can do to prevent it (as far as possible), this next section lists the top natural remedies to help with sciatica symptoms.
EXERCISES TO HELP REDUCE SCIATICA PAIN
I have started off this section with the importance of lower back, abdominal, buttocks and leg exercises because not only do they help with prevention and treatment of sciatica linked muscle pain and tightness, but they provide long term benefits and helps with general lower back pain too. Exercise improves your overall fitness level, helps to tone the muscles in that region and promotes the release of anti inflammatory mediators (which are chemicals your body produces and secretes to reduce pain and injury) into your system.
Now bear with me here… I get it.
When you have pain radiating down your legs, and you are trying hard to contain your sneeze because it could make the pain worse (or trigger additional discomfort), the absolute last thing you want to do is… EXERCISE, right?
Actually, doing specific exercises to alleviate or at the very least, substantially reduce the level of pain, could be one of the most effective forms of treatment for this condition. Provided you warm up before, cool down after, and do the correct type of exercises for the type of pain you are experiencing, you may find this treatment very productive.
There are three main types of exercise that could provide you with some benefit- strengthening, stretching and cardiovascular:
- The aim of strengthening exercises is to tone and strengthen the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the spine particularly in the lower back area so that they can provide support to the spine and better facilitate the body’s movements. You might find that these types of exercises also target the abdominal and hip muscles as well as the glutes, which again helps to get that entire region in shape resulting in strong core muscles. This ultimately reduces the risk of damage to the nerves whilst doing daily tasks, and prevents recurrent flare ups of sciatica.
- Recent research suggests low intensity cardiovascular (aerobic) exercises promote endorphin (your body’s natural painkillers) release which helps reduce the nerve pain, and boost the secretion of myokines which are involved in cell and tissue growth and repair. In other words, when your muscles contract, this stimulates myokines to be released which in turn promotes healing of damaged areas of your body. Swimming, cycling, long distance walking and running are all considered forms of aerobic exercise.
- Often people who suffer from sciatica tend to have tense and stiff muscles (the hamstring seems to commonly be tight) and various stretching exercises can help to alleviate that very effectively. Furthermore, stretching has been found to markedly decrease pain associated with sciatica in people who incorporate it into their regular work out routines, and also keeps the body supple and less prone to injury. You can view the video below to see specific exercises that can help:
You can also head over to this page to get more information about how physical therapy and exercise could help you with your sciatica.
Now, onto natural supplements that can help reduce inflammation, pain, tightness and over all nerve health…
1. MORINGA – An Underestimated Yet Extremely Powerful ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Herb Referred to as the MIRACLE TREE of LIFE
Where should I begin with this one? My initial meeting with Moringa Oleifera was when I was living in the Caribbean, where this superfood was widely used for weight loss, reducing blood glucose levels, depression, anxiety, fatigue, pain and inflammation, not to mention its cardioprotective effects and anticancer properties.
It is a drought resistant plant grown in most tropical climates that is often fondly referred to as the Tree of Life, or as the Miracle Plant, and is widely hailed for its remarkable healing powers, perhaps due to the multitude of nutrients, minerals and amino acids it contains.
It contains 25 times more iron than spinach, four times the amount of calcium as milk, seven times more vitamin c than oranges, three times the amount of potassium as bananas, four times as much Vitamin A as carrots and twice the amount of protein as yoghurt. Wow. Even if you take it as a multivitamin supplement, it will boost your energy levels and ensure you meet your daily vitamin consumption – in a natural way. This infographic goes into detail explaining the plethora of benefits of Moringa, check it out!
The leaves are full of amino acids and at least 46 different antioxidants (which also play a role in pain reduction), and studies have shown the roots possess potent anti-inflammatory activity equal to indometacin (an NSAID similar to ibuprofen). This is huge! Moringa, a natural supplement which you can take daily with no risk of stomach side effects is as effective as traditional anti-inflammatory medicines, according to recent research.
It can be taken in powder form in smoothies for example, tea form or even as tablets or capsules. Due to its massive potential in healing a whole host of conditions, especially its proven efficacy in treating inflammatory conditions, this is without a doubt the first treatment I would recommend for any one suffering with sciatica, or other types of painful conditions.
Furthermore, people suffering from chronic pain may become withdrawn and unable to partake in usual social activities, thus the pain can impact their lives not just physically but also mentally, and the fact that Moringa can help treat depression further boosts its usefulness as treatment option for sciatica pain.
Please note – As is the case with any supplement, if you are on blood thinners please check in with your physician or pharmacist before embarking on this therapy. As this can lower your blood sugar levels, it is important to be wary if you are diabetic and on antidiabetic medication.
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2. JAMAICA DOGWOOD – Highly Effective Herb To Decrease Pain & Help You Sleep
Piscidia erythrina, or Jamaica Dogwood, is a powerful herb that many haven’t even heard of much less tried. It has been extensively used for a number of pain related complaints (migraines, sciatica, toothaches) as well as for insomnia, inflammation, acne and anxiety.
It has in fact been touted as being so powerful a pain reliever as to be effective for migraines that conventional medications have failed to treat. Anyone that has suffered from a severe migraine will tell you that they can become almost suicidal, and this natural medicine has actually been successful in managing such migraines.
It is rich in tannins, volatile oils and isoflavones, all of which impart various benefits to the human body; some of which are its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, sedative and hormone balancing effects (thus also being effective for women’s health disorders such as endometriosis).
All in all, many have found it to provide useful and pronounced relief for sciatica pain and tense (or tight) muscles. You can take it in capsule or liquid extract form, or as the natives prefer, you can drink it as a tea.
3. TURMERIC – A Potent ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Remedy to Treat Sciatica Naturally
Curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory agent found in Turmeric has been found to be effective in treating inflammation and pain, and has been extensively used for literally thousands of years both in the middle east and amongst Ayurveda communities.
Studies have found the way it works is by inhibiting the expression of the COX-2 enzyme in our body. This basically means that the production of inflammatory mediators in the body is significantly reduced, thus helping with pain.
Often you will find it in combination products with black pepper extract as black pepper can increase the bioavailability of nutrients. In simpler terms, taking turmeric with black pepper will help to boost the absorption of curcumin, and so will provide you with more effective pain relief, possibly in lower doses.
Interestingly, many studies suggest it also plays a chemopreventive (protects against cancer) role in various types of cancers, and may also be useful in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. You can read this article on the numerous other benefits of turmeric, besides pain relief.
For the treatment of sciatica associated pain, 300mg around three times a day after meals should be sufficient to help manage the pain. It is important to understand that natural therapies may not provide instant relief, but with little side effects it is well worth trying as they provide long term benefits. If you prefer not to take capsules, you could mix turmeric powder with warm milk and a little black pepper and drink it as a medicine every day – you may find you experience some relief.
Please be warned: Do not take these without consulting your Pharmacist or Physician if you are on anti diabetic medicines, stomach ulcer treatment or if you are on blood thinners.
4. CAPSAICIN – One of the Most Powerful Natural Remedies to Treat Sciatica Pain Topically
Capsaicin is a compound found in chilli peppers and it is in fact what influences the level of heat the pepper will have. It is however a very powerful natural pain relief medicine (even though it doesn’t seem that way when you have just eaten one, and you have that intense burning sensation!).
Numerous studies have been carried out to assess the effectiveness of this compound in pain relief and results show that capsaicin is a highly effective pain killing natural therapy with little or no side effects, especially when used topically (on the skin as a rub or a cream).
It has in fact been found to be so effective that the pharma industry has developed an 8% patch, which upon single application can provide relief for upto 12 weeks from pain symptoms. This is available on prescription in the US and generally needs to be applied under relatively controlled conditions with a topical anesthetic being used to minimise the intense stinging sensation the patient may feel.
Creams are much lower in concentration but the great thing with the cream or rub preparations is that you can tailor your dose to your individual pain level.
The way it is thought to work is by first increasing your sensitivity to painful stimuli in the area, then you would experience reduced sensitivity to painful stimuli and eventually the area would become desensitized, providing efficient pain relief. Many find creams containing capsaicin a convenient and low maintenance way to manage their pain.
5. VALERIAN ROOT & CLOVE OIL – Highly Effective ANTI-INFLAMMATORY and ANAESTHETIC Natural Therapies
Whilst European Valerian is used mainly for insomnia, Indian Valerian has been widely used for pain and depression (as well as many other uses) due to it having stronger pharmacological properties. Although many studies into testing its efficacy for pain reduction have not yet been carried out, the research thus far into its pain relieving capabilities suggest that it is indeed effective.
It contains a rich mixture of essential oils (which you can rub onto the painful area), alkaloids and flavanoids. The massaging action alongside its anti-inflammatory actions can provide substantial pain relief if done regularly (once or twice a day).
You can also take Valerian root capsules, which patients suffering from sciatica pain that is keeping them up during the night may find useful. It can help to relax the body through its actions on the nervous system , and afford you a restful sleep, a valuable factor for those who are suffering particularly badly with the pain in the night.
Clove Oil, another essential oil, can also be particularly useful in providing topical relief when massaged into the lower back, effectively providing both anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic effects – great for those who are experiencing hypersensitivity due to the pain.
6. WHITE WILLOW BARK – Has Powerful Aspirin-like ANTI-INFLAMMATORY & Analgesic Effects
White willow bark has been widely used for pain relief for decades due to its anti inflammatory properties. The presence of salicin (a compound similar in structure and effect to Aspirin which is chemically known as acetylsalicylic acid) in combination with flavonoids serves to provide pain relief which is relatively quick, with little side effects at normal doses.
Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, white willow bark can also be used if there is swelling in the area, a symptom that often accompanies pain. In studies where white willow bark has been tested against NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) such as Diclofenac for the treatment of arthritis, it was found to be effective at reducing pain (moreso than placebo), but not as effective as Diclofenac.
Lets just analyse these findings. White willow bark DOES reduce pain and inflammation but Diclofenac is a more potent medicine. As is the case with NSAIDs, white willow can also cause ulcerations in the stomach, heart problems (if over used) and can interact with various medications including certain blood pressure medicines & blood thinners such as Warfarin.
Taking all this into consideration, it is best to try the natural remedy first, and if it proves to be inefficient, then move onto conventional medicines perhaps. It can be taken in capsule form or you can use the raw, organic version and make tea.
7. ST JOHNS WORT OIL – Known as a Powerful Antidepressant, but is also an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Now you may have heard of St Johns Wort already – oral compositions have been used to treat depression and low moods for a long, long time. In various studies it has found to be drastically more effective than placebo, and as effective as conventional anti depressants in treating depression, and you are almost 50% less likely to suffer side effects with St Johns Wort.
The oil, however, can be used for sciatica pain due to the anti-inflammatory properties of St Johns Wort, a use which was prevalent long ago, and has now been downplayed.
St Johns Wort is also a herb with very potent antioxidant properties, as well as being antibacterial and an astringent. Due to its soothing & relaxing effects on tired, overworked muscles, this oil can provide excellent relief from sciatica pain and other symptoms such as muscle tightness, when massaged into the area two to three times daily.
Please be warned: Although it is a natural medicine, it can interact with other medications (especially antidepressants and sedatives your physician may prescribe), so you definitely need to mention to your doctor if you orally take St. Johns Wort.
Furthermore, the oil is phototoxic, which means you shouldn’t expose your skin to sunlight once you have applied the oil as it can damage the skin.
8. DEVILS CLAW – A Highly Effective ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Treatment for Sciatica
Devils Claw contains Harpagoside, an active compound which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used to settle the stomach and possibly stimulate the appetite.
It is native to South Africa and since being widely introduced into Europe in the early 1900’s it has gained notoriety as a great natural pain killer, particularly for muscular and joint pain.
Early evidence suggests Devils Claw can be useful in treating lower back pain, and has been found to be similarly as effective as traditional pain killing medications (NSAIDs and selective COX inhibitors).
Taking this into account, it may be a viable treatment option for those who are not wanting to take traditional medications due to the gastrointestinal side effects. It is available in tablet/capsule form, as a liquid extract or even as a topical preparation.
Although it is a herb, it can still interact with other medications such as blood thinners (Aspirin, Warfarin or Clopidogrel, etc.), and as it can lower the blood sugar level, it should be used with caution in patients on anti-diabetics. Those suffering from acid reflux disease or ulcers, and those taking antacids should steer clear as Devils Claw can increase acid production in the stomach.
9. CHAMOMILE, GINGER, BLACK PEPPER, PEPPERMINT, LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OILS – Boast Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic & Muscle Relaxing Benefits
Essential oils have long been used in massage therapy and are quite effective at reducing pain, tightness and inflammation – all of which are symptoms associated not only with sciatica but also with other pain conditions (such as fibromyalgia).
Peppermint oil is a coolant and can help with hot, overworked muscles, an anti-inflammatory, an anaesthetic and also a mild analgesic – all of which combined make this essential oil a very efficacious natural therapy.
Ginger tea is a great pain reliever due the pain blocking compounds it contains (similar to NSAIDs), and the oil is no exception. It works as an analgesic and can help relax tight muscles due to its antispasmodic effects.
Chamomile, lavender and black pepper are all anti-inflammatories and both chamomile and lavender also work as antispasmodics – easing aching, tense muscles. Black pepper is often found in combination with turmeric preparations to ease joint and muscle pain due to its special role in boosting the availability of the turmeric (which serves to allow the turmeric to be better absorbed, and be more productive in its effects).
Using mixtures of these various essential oils can prove highly beneficial in treating sciatica symptoms, with little or no (might cause allergies in rare cases in some patients) side effects.
10. GARLIC – A Natural Wonder with ANTI-OXIDANT and ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Properties to Reduce Pain
A jack of all trades, this food is natural, beneficial medicinally and, best of all – it is delicious! Not only is garlic rich in vitamin C and B6, it also contains selenium, allicin and various other antioxidants, boosting its status as a superfood.
Recent studies have found that it has cancer preventative effects, and may help with reducing high blood pressure, the incidence of cardiovascular disease and cholesterol levels (therefore being of some use in treating hypertension and other cardiovascular disorders).
In addition to all this, it is also an anti-inflammatory and can fruitfully reduce inflammation and pain.
Thiacremonone, a sulfur compound found in garlic, has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and as such can have benefits in reducing sciatica related pain.
You can eat raw garlic cloves daily for treatment (to aid long term) or if it doesn’t appeal to your palate, you can take garlic capsules or tablets daily. This is a natural treatment that you can continue with on a long term basis due to it numerous other benefits.
BONUS TIP: EPSOM SALT BATH & REST – An Underestimated, but Powerful Treatment for Pain
Soaking in a hot bath with one to two cups of epsom salts can boost the circulation, reduce inflammation, soothe and ease aching muscles, and help to relax the nervous system – all with no side effects, and the added benefit of having ‘me’ time even if it is only 20 golden minutes!
Many underestimate the power of REST. The simplicity of this treatment (i.e. resting) is its best ally and its worst enemy in the same instance. Your body needs rest to recuperate. It requires periods of rest where you are not running around like a headless chicken, biting your lip from the pain of it all, and spreading yourself in precisely 20 different roles and places all at the same time. In short, the more you can rest, the less risk you have of over exerting your self, getting achy, tense muscles, or even making bad judgements and picking up items you know will probably lead to pain later that day. The more you can rest, the quicker your body will heal, and the shorter your recovery time. In short, rest – its natural, effective & has no adverse effects (except maybe the fact that you will have a mountain to clean and/or organise once you are on your feet again).
Treat Sciatica Naturally…
If you have tried all or some of the above natural remedies and are still experiencing pain, there are other options available such as acupunture (which many find highly beneficial in easing their pain, through multiple sessions), massage and yoga exercises targeted mainly towards relaxing and toning the muscles.
Trying alternate ice/heat therapy, chiropractic therapy which involves spinal adjustment to align the vertebrae, muscles and surrounding ligaments, and tennis ball therapy can also work for some people.
If all else fails, surgery (for herniated discs) is a viable and often a very effective treatment option, best suited to those for who sciatica is significantly affecting their quality of life and all other treatments have failed.
It is also important to mention that many people may try these natural therapies with the intention that they will provide long term benefit with little or no side effects, and also lessen the pain associated with sciatica in the immediate instance. If you are having a particular sudden and intense flare up, you may opt for medications like Ibuprofen which you can buy over the counter in all drug stores . Please check with your Pharmacist or Physician before taking this if you are on other medicines or if you suffer from allergies or stomach ulcers.
Your Dr may consider giving you an epidural steroid injection locally in order to decrease the inflammation, muscle relaxants to ease muscles which may be particularly tight impacting your mobility, or antidepressants which serve a double purpose – pain killer for painful nerves and antidepressant for low moods triggered by the intense pain you may be experiencing as a result of the sciatica.
This article covers causes and symptoms of sciatica as well as various treatment options that you and your Doctor may opt to try out to reduce pain. It also mentions the various types of exercises you can do to improve overall muscle tone to better support the back, glutes and legs in order to provide significant pain relief long term and prevent sciatica related pain in the long run.
Best of all, this article covers many natural therapies you can try to relieve sciatica pain and muscle tightness, allowing you to improve the symptoms without suffering a plethora of side effects that you may have experienced with conventional medicines.
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