The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and it can cause a lot of discomfort. Sciatic nerve pain can range from a mild ache to sharp and severe pain coming from your lower back and radiating down the back or side of your legs. It can also cause numbness, tingling, and weakness in the feet or legs. These natural remedies can help relieve sciatic nerve pain.
Manipulation for Relief
After a definitive diagnosis of sciatica, a chiropractor can work to realign the spinal discs and help the underlying source of the pain. Spinal manipulation can help the nervous system respond in a way that relieves pain and restores mobility.
Yoga and stretching can also help. Lengthening the spine by stretching it can help with good posture and reduce stiffness, pain, and inflammation. Exercises that strengthen the core can help prevent lower back pain and many yoga poses target the back which can help build strength and relax areas that are stiff.
Other alternative therapies like acupuncture and massage can also help relieve pain from sciatica. Using small needles, acupuncture helps to open the body’s natural energy flow, which can relieve pain. Massage can help release tension in muscles and can even release endorphins which help the body feel better and act as natural pain relievers.
Rest might feel like the right thing to do if you’re in pain, but actually getting moving can help. Sitting for a long time is bad for bulging discs and the pain that comes with them. Moving can help loosen areas that are inflamed.
When you are sitting, make sure you’re sitting up straight. That can also help relieve pain by lengthening the spine. Pick chairs with firm support and flat cushions. Soft and contoured seats do not provide even support.
Heat and Cold Therapy
Heating pads, hot water bottles, warm, wet towels, or hot baths can also help relax tight muscles and increase circulation.
Ice packs also work for some people. Apply for about 10-15 minutes every few hours. Make sure to protect your skin and don’t apply ice directly to it. The cold can reduce swelling around the nerve and numb the pain. If you have circulation problems, do not use cold as a way of relieving pain.
Alternating heat and cold can also help. If you do this, start with heat and end with cold.
Diet and Supplements
Turmeric is an Asian spice that has anti-inflammatory properties. It contains curcumin that helps reduce pain an inflammation. It comes in pill form and is also in the spice aisle. Before taking it, check with your doctor since it might interfere with blood thinners and diabetes medications, and can cause problems with gallstones.
A diet rich in B vitamins can also help ease symptoms.
If natural remedies are not enough, the professionals at B3 Medical throughout the Tampa area can help relieve your sciatica pain with a variety of treatments. Contact us today!