People often mistake sciatic pain with lower back pain or leg crumps, however, it is something which puts pressure or pinches the nerve, firing pain down the back or thigh to the legs. The pain can vary from mild to severe and most people would stay in the bed and take same painkillers. However, there are some natural ways that may help you cure inflammation and fight the pain:
- Acupuncture – it is when hair-fine needles are being inserted into specific points of the body, stimulating energy and improving the nerve function. One session may be enough for some people to feel relief. It may also relieve migraines, stimulate lymph flow, treat stress, and even quit smoking.
- Epsom salt bath – they relax the nervous system and draw the toxins out of the body. You can fill your bath with hot water and add 2 cups of Epsom salt, soak for 15-20 minutes. Also, you will need to get some extra sleep and rest so that your nerves can rebuild and strengthen.
- Massage – it will be beneficial on muscle spasms, pain, and numbness of toes and legs. You may use herb infused oil or add essential oils to enhance the effect.
- Chiropractor – spinal manipulation may restore the mobility, improve function, reduce inflammation, decrease pain, and promote natural healing in sciatic pain, even though the effectiveness of this method shows mixed scientific results.
- Tennis ball therapy – it utilizes the principles of massage, acupressure and reflexology through which sore muscles and muscle tension can be relieved. This exercise aims to treat the piriformis muscle located close to the sciatic nerve, and then the muscle pushes the sciatic nerve against the tendons beneath it, contributing to the buttock and leg pain. This method help in triggering the points in the pisiforms muscle, reducing the muscle tension and rigidity.
- Ice packs or package of frozen peas wrapped in a towel – apply it for 20 minutes in the affected area every 2 hours until the pain disappears.
- Mild yoga stretches – it is significant to be physically active as inactivity will aggravate the issue. Yoga stretches will help also in blood circulation will strengthen the back muscles, and your mobility will improve. Moreover, you can walk to stretch your legs and back muscles.
- Alternate temperatures – the ice is not enough to go down to the inner inflammation, so you can apply a hot pack after icing the affected place, or take a hot bath. This will boost your blood circulation and lymph flow that will help reduce the inner inflammation and help in the process of healing.