The sciatic nerve is among the largest in the body, it begins at the lower part of the spine and runs down through the buttocks and down the lower limb to the foot. This nerve provides movement, feeling, and strength in the legs.
Sciatica is caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back. The pang begins in the nerve roots located on either side of the lower spine, they then course through the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of each leg from the buttocks down to the foot. It is excruciatingly painful, but do not fear! It can be helped..
A small study in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that of 30 people with sciatica, 17 got relief and 10 saw symptoms improve with warming acupuncture, in which the needles are heated.
A study in the journal of pain reported that people with chronic back pain who practiced yoga for 16 weeks saw pain reduced by 64% and disability by 77%.
Deep tissue massage or trigger-point therapy have shown some beneficial effects on muscle spasms, pain, and numbness. Use infused oil to enhance the effects.
- Chiropractic Adjustments
Studies based on chiropractic adjustments have shown different levels of effectiveness in the treatment of sciatica, but many experienced significant reliefs.
- Cold packs and heating pads
Ice packs have been a proven way to get instant relief, but the sciatic nerve is located deep into the body, so the packs cannot go deeper to where the inflammation is located. Apply a hot pack directly afterward, by alternating temperatures, you can boost the circulation and lymph flow.
- Devils claw
The herbal medication the devil’s claw is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that works quite similarly to ibuprofen or other such medications.
Anti-inflammatory herbs specific to the nerves can help a great deal. Willow, black birch, wild lettuce, rue, and mullein root.