Millions of people around the world suffer from the pain caused by sciatica. This is a general term that originates in the large sciatic nerve of the back and causes symptoms of leg pain, tingling, weakness, and/or numbness that travels from the back through the buttocks. The medical community also believes that sciatica could be the symptom of other underlying conditions such as degenerative disc disease, lumbar herniated disc or even spinal stenosis.
The problem with sciatica is that the pain can range from the incapacitating constant pain to a milder form that is infrequent and simply irritating. The pain symptoms themselves can run a gamut of locations and severity, depending upon the actual cause. It is important to make sure that you get a diagnosis prior to considering any treatment as some treatments can make the physical problem worse.
Sciatica symptoms include one or a combination of:
*A consistent pain in one side of the leg or buttock (rarely occurring in both legs)
*Pain that worsens when in the sitting position
*Leg pain that has been described as a searing, tinging or burning, as opposed to a dull ache.
*Numbness, weakness or difficulty moving the foot or leg
*A sharp pain that can make it difficult to walk or stand up
It is believed that as many as forty percent of people will experience sciatica at one point in their lives. The medical community typically prescribes pain relief medication that can be detrimental to the body and cause mental fuzziness, confusion or exhaustion. Natural practitioners recommend one or more of the following treatments to ease sciatica pain:
Acupuncture is an age-old method of pain relief use for thousands of years in Asia. It is the insertion of hair fine needles in specific pain flow areas of the body to stimulate the energy flow that brings improvement to the function of the nerves.
A chiropractor will be able to discern the exact pain problem. Adjustments can assist in restoring the mobility, reduce inflammation, improve body function, promote natural healing and decrease pain.
Alternating temperatures of warm and cold has shown some relief of the pain. The sciatic nerve is embedded deep within the body and the application of an ice pack will address the upper layer pain, with the heat therapy, such as a warm bath, allowing the increase in blood circulation and lymphatic flow to assist in the natural healing process as well as address inner inflammation.
Mild Yoga stretching may seem like the last thing that you want to do when you are in pain, but it is inactivity that can actually aggravate the symptoms and problem. Yoga stretches in mild ways can assist in increasing blood flow, improve mobility and strengthen the back muscles.
Walking is another way to strengthen leg and back muscles. Start out using smaller steps in the walking process so that it allows a stretching.
Always confer with a primary care physician prior to making any changes in lifestyle, including the addition of supplements, vitamins or any OTC product.