Natural Ways To Treat Sciatica

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Many forms of sciatica are now known. Sciatica can be addressed by conventional medicine which includes physical therapy, drugs for pain, chiropractic and osteopathic. Sometimes these can be even called as alternative treatments, depending upon the physician you are speaking to. However there are many more to alternative treatments like fasting, yoga, biofeedback, Qi Gong, Tai Chi and various other easing procedures. Depending upon the doctor, he can also prescribe herbal or homeopathic medicines, acupressure, acupuncture, osteopathic, chiropractic, TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine and also Naturopathic medicine.

For most of the peoples who are suffering from sciatica, the majority of them are constipation and direct trauma. The cause for constipation can be allergens which come from processed corn products like corn chips. Constipation is easy to treat but the difficulty lies in connecting the cause. Learn more about sciatica causes.

Reduce your stress level

When our physical activity increases, we may have nerve, muscle, ligament or tendon stress. Stress can cause sciatica. During stress the body releases hormones. Some hormones released are localised around the nerve ends which may cause sciatica. Sometimes we suddenly stop our physical demands which can also lead to stress. This is due to homeostasis, when our body is in balance with demand. When the balance is disturbed drastically, stress can follow and simultaneously, sciatica. Similarly drastic biometric changes can also affect us in different ways. Sometimes we fail to recognise it, but it can increase our stress level.

Watch what you eat

Patients must increase their water intake to help reducing sciatica. Apart from this, soaking in a hot bath with handful of salt and a cup of vinegar till the water temperature becomes normal will help a lot in reducing the pain. It should be a strict no-no for stressor food like sodas, caffeine (coffee, chocolate), and carbonated water like beverages, refined food or sugar. Also patient should not take cigarettes or alcohol products. All of these products can give stress. However the patient may take fresh parsley tea, which can help a lot in relieving the pain.

Natural Sciatica Relief

Another thing can help the patient internally and topically is St. John’s Wort. Sometimes a little (like a teaspoon) of wort, oat, skullcap and Siberian ginseng in approximately equal parts can serve as very good remedy. This has to be tried at least three times a day. Also massaging with a drop of St. John’s Wort liquid with peppermint diluted oil on the concerned area serves another remedy. Parsley, carrot and celery juice works as juice therapy. Fasting helps in clearing the system and brings back the body to homeostasis. Fasting must be done under supervision of someone experienced in the process.

Try to limit the physical activity that requires workout of the body below waist level. No pain is No gain shouldn’t be the principle followed in this case. We should know our body and therefore its weakness. So, it is always better to work accordingly. Relying on pills always is not a good option for every small problem. Take pills only when it is not possible to go without it. This is because; pills may have side effects which may cause stress. Take help from a professional consultant, if required.

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9 Comments on “Natural Ways To Treat Sciatica”

  • Riba wrote on 26 August, 2012, 14:45

    There are many causes of sciatica including misalignment of pelvis. The overuse of muscles and nerve or an injury can cause this problem and sometimes the issues of lower spine can also become the reason of sciatica.

    In order to release tension around the back / legs / pelvis / hips a massage called Tui na can be very effective, and it also encourages the flow of blood to the part, for temporary relief.

    In my case, acupuncture never showed any good results for sciatica but for other issues it was quite effective. Many sciatica sufferers get relief with acupuncture but actually there are no scientific evidences regarding this.

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  • Nicolus M wrote on 31 August, 2012, 9:22

    This is the fourth time I am facing acute sciatica and this time it is quite severe. I took diclofenac for five days and I also used TENS machine for 2 but none of these options showed any good results.

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  • Mandy wrote on 1 September, 2012, 4:26

    If the pain is acute then the best treatment is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which includes codeine or ibuprofen.

    Cortisone like medication is also injected in some cases into the epidural area around the spinal column in some cases. The above mentioned procedure is almost like the epidural used while childbirth. The drawback is that this will offer short term relief and root cause of the issue will stay there.

    Surgery

    In some sciatica sufferers significant relief is achieved from surgery. In order to treat herniated discs, laminectomy can be performed which is a surgical method. This method is about removing the part/portion of the posterior arch as a result of which the pressure on the affected nerve tissues relieves.

    The same method is applied for spinal stenosis in which the portion of bone is removed that is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.

    Keep in mind that surgery is the best option for those who does not respond with any treatment and who have CT scans (computed tomography) or MRI done with result of herniated disc or spinal stenosis.

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  • Julis H wrote on 2 September, 2012, 3:28

    Is it possible to get rid of sciatica without physical therapy sessions? My sciatica started when I was expecting my first child so I had to visit Physical Therapist twice every week for stretching as well as exercises… I am facing this issue again although I am not pregnant and there is no relief even though I am continuously doing stretches. I cannot go to Physical Therapist twice a week…. give me advice?

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  • Mandy wrote on 2 September, 2012, 7:36

    The exercises that are recommended above can help but not for every case. Actually some of the exercises mentioned above can complicate the condition in majority of cases. The most important thing is that there are no general exercises for sciatica sufferers but every case is treated with a different and specific exercise.

    You tried your best and continued your previous exercises. Mostly we give an idea to patients about the returning episodes of sciatica in future. In majority of cases the same exercises can work the way it worked for them the first time and it can also control the condition in future.

    We would like to recommend some books to those who understand their body well: Robin McKenzie’s book “How to treat your own back” and also “Rapidly reversible low back pain” written by Steven May. The best thing is that you can easily understand these books, can also find out sciatica causes and can learn how to relieve pain with the help of positioning and movements. If it is not possible for you to opt for formal treatment then these books can really be helpful for you. If you read it carefully then you can find couple of effective exercises for your case but remember all the exercises are not appropriate for you. You will feel great after doing these exercises and if you feel worst then maybe your selection of exercise is wrong.

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  • JerseyGal70 wrote on 3 September, 2012, 11:12

    I am 42 years old and I have been diagnosed with Sciatica. I tried but could not find any good solution to get rid of pain. For the last two months I have had and at this stage I am open to anything……

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  • Mandy wrote on 3 September, 2012, 13:09

    The first thing that you need to know is the source or cause of your issue. In many sufferers cortisone injections works well or even a good anti inflammatory.

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  • Sally A wrote on 4 September, 2012, 14:09

    I am experiencing sciatic pain for the last 6 months and doctor has recommended a microscopic discectomy surgery. I want to know about the limitations as well as post operative care of this surgery. If you have any other suggestions that can help me get rid of pain then please do share. Also tell me whether surgery is safe and proven or not?

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  • Mandy wrote on 5 September, 2012, 11:50

    I will try to give you a satisfactory answer. We all know that everyone’s body reacts differently. I am experiencing sciatica pain since last November. I also went to Physical Therapist and the exercises that they showed were to help in relieving pain. It was not helpful for me at all so I opted for injections and I did that twice. When this option did not work so the doctor suggested surgery. I was in a very painful condition and I was looking for ways that can help me get rid of pain so I said yes to surgery. With surgery I got some relief for some time. Now, I am having this pain again for the last three week.

    Let me tell you that I have also applied ice packs as well as heat and Biofreeze on it did not respond. In order to get relief from pain I took IBP which was not helpful at all. I don’t understand what to do now. For me this problem was almost like a accident related to work and sometimes I feel as if I am being punished for something. I thought that surgery would help me but it could not do so much and I don’t want to spend my life like this. I am so fed up due to this pain and uncomfortable feel and I could not sleep for so many nights. I just want to live normally as I don’t know my tolerance level. Surgery should be opted when all the other options don’t respond. Injections or physical therapy can be helpful but surgery should be the last resort. Hopefully, you have got the satisfactory answers to all your questions and now you must have got some idea about how you can live your normal life again, a pain free one. If you get the right direction then you can definitely bring positive changes to your health and can live a happy life.

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