Natural Remedies for Sciatica

If you have not suffered sciatica, count yourself fortunate. Sciatica is pain in the sciatic nerve, a thick nerve mass rooted in the lumbar spine that travels from there through the hip and down the outside of the leg, crossing at the knee. The nerve continues to the foot, and pain may occur in varying intensity along its entire length, or in spots. Healing sciatica may be a challenge, depending on its cause. Bulging or herniated discs, stenosis (narrowing of the spinal channel), spinal trauma, and tumors are a few common causes of sciatica.

Yoga is a natural remedy that works well for people suffering from sciatica pain. Yoga can also help to prevent future pain associated with sciatica. The poses associated with yoga help to relieve sciatica pain because they stretch the muscles and reduce the pressure on the lower back and legs. Yoga also helps to strengthen back muscles, which can relieve pain.

Legions that press on the nerve will have to be surgically removed. This may relieve your symptoms. In cases with lacerations to the nerves, even with sciatica treatment, recovery may be limited, or not possible. Injections are usually given to ease the swelling and irritation around the nerve. Over the counter medicines are given to relieve your nerve pain.

Bed rest is often prescribed for sciatica although it is not clear there is any actual benefit to healing sciatica. However, some patients find the pain is so debilitating that movement is impossible. Bed rest with brief periods of gentle physical activity may be more effective. Some doctors prescribe specific exercises. A good bed with appropriate lumbar support, with a change in sleeping position eases the agony for some people. Lifting the knees, perhaps with a pillow, is immensely helpful.

A natural approach found from researching information on sciatica is simple techniques for pain management with the practice of exercise. If the pain is severe and resistant to this treatment, the next approach may involve a more structured version of this type of solution.

An herbal remedy called sciatol, containing six natural herbals, is available as a supplement or an essential oil. This preparation offers a cure for sciatica, and is worth a look. Natural is not always safe, so it is a good idea to learn the ingredients and check their safety, but given safe ingredients, any sciatica sufferer will say its worth a try if it results in healing sciatica.

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Originally posted 2011-02-28 07:31:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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