The pain triggered by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve is known as sciatica. Even though it affects just one body part, it can be severe and debilitating, starting from the lower back to the back of the leg.Sometimes it’s mistaken for lower back pain or leg cramps. When it does, the tendency is to stay in bed and gulp down some ibuprofen or other pharmaceutical. Sciatica is a symptom of another problem that is pinching or creating pressure on the sciatic nerve. It’s not a diagnosed condition itself.
These are the most common sciatica symptoms: sharp painful burning sensations or cramping. Sometimes there can be tingling sensations and numbness in different areas of the buttock, leg or foot. The wording is singular because usually sciatica occurs on one side or the other, not in both legs simultaneously.
You should also know that sciatica is most often caused by a herniated or slipped disc. It can also be caused by issues like a spinal injury or infection, degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis and piriformis syndrome. Although there are many conventional treatments for sciatica, they may only ease the pain temporarily. Plus, most steroid injections can cause serious side effects.
Natural Remedies to Fight Sciatica
- Arnica – you should apply it on the affected area, where you feel pain.
- Valerian root – it is recommended to take valerian root supplements, 150 milligrams 3 times on a daily basis within a few weeks. Also, consult your doctor before taking these supplements. Or, just drink valerian tea. Just boil a cup of hot water, and add 1 teaspoon of dried valerian root. Let it steep for about 10 minutes. You should drink this tea few times a week within a couple of weeks.
- Or, you can take 1 potato, cut it in slices and apply them on the affected area. Or, you can take 10 cloves of garlic, crush them well and cook them for 10 minutes. After that, remove them from heat, and make a hot compress out of it. Leave the compress on for at least 3 hours.
- Avoid making sudden movements.
- Practice techniques for proper lifting where your back will be straight and your knees bent.
- Good posture is useful when it comes to alleviating pressure on the lower back.
- Regular exercise is useful, but don’t engage yourself in intense exercises.
- Use a mattress that is neither too soft nor too firm.
- Avoid smoking as it promotes disc degeneration.