Sciatica is used to describe the pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness of the sciatic nerve, which is located at the back of the leg all the way to the bottom of the foot. The pain is usually felt in the buttocks and legs, and the primary cause of sciatica is a mis-aligned vertebra (called a “subluxation”) which presses on the nerves in the lower back. The pain can last for weeks or years and become very chronic, and the treatment includes taking strong painkillers, injections or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. However, there are natural pain relief ways that are used to relieve pain, and these include:
Do any stretches that will help rotate the hip externally while at the same time lengthening the spinal column hence giving one a good posture. Various stretch exercises will reduce pain by creating space in the spine hence relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve, loosening the inflamed piriformis and gluteal muscles and press against the sciatic nerve and also help ease the tightness and pain in the hamstrings caused by sciatica. One important type of stretching exercise is the reclining pigeon pose which targets the piriform muscle hence preventing pressure and inflammation against the sciatic nerve.
Do massages and other soft-tissue work
Massage therapy and Rolfing help in loosening the muscle, tissues and energy channels in the body, improve blood flow and relieve pain. Massage helps release endorphin, which is a natural feel good chemical and acts as a pain reliever, releases tension and increases the range of motion. Soft tissue work such as percussion involves manipulating the protective tissue layer called the fascia, and this affects the energy field, hence bringing about healing.
Use of heat or ice
These help in alleviating leg pain, especially during the initial stages. Place an ice pack or a hot water bottle on the log for about 20 minutes and repeat every two hours. You can first start by using the cold therapy, then follow up with the hot therapy and this helps in vasodilation and constriction of the blood vessels hence relieving the swelling and pain.
This is an effective traditional Chinese medicine that is used to treat pain, relax muscles and helps the body heal itself by allowing natural energy flow through the body. Fine needles are placed at specific points which stimulate the central nervous system which then triggers chemicals, i.e., serotonin, endorphins, which either change the pain perception or produces a sense of well being. The inflammation of the sciatic nerves is reduced by activating the immune system pathways, and there is also an increase in the lymphatic circulation hence promoting healing of the affected nerve.
This is not the time to sit down as it makes the pain last longer rather move around and do exercises. Exercises help increase blood flow to the nerves and disks and also helps get rid of chemicals that cause inflammation. You don’t have to go to the gym but do simple exercises such as swimming, water aerobics, or even walk for 15-20 minutes. See a Chiropractor with a rehab background to guide you on the best exercises that will restore flexibility, strengthen the core and back muscles, reduce the likelihood of a similar injury and help to stabilize the spine.