The sciatic nerve is the largest and thickest nerve of the human body that starts from the lower back, and goes down the buttocks, thighs, to the legs. This nerve delivers signals to and from the muscles and skin of the thighs, lower legs, and feet.
Sciatica pain can be a result of various factors. However, most of the time is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated disc, bone spurs, or muscle straining.
The pain can be very intense along the sciatic nerve, especially from the lower back, through the buttock, and down the back of one or both legs. You may experience a tingling sensation in the toes and feet, as well as numbness in the leg along the nerve. Moreover, the pain can intensify at night, especially after prolonged sitting, standing, sneezing, coughing, or stressful events.
Fortunately, there are few ways to naturally relieve sciatica pain:
Acupuncture is highly effective in treating the pain associated with sciatica. The needles inserted in the skin, close to the meridian channels, create a micro-trauma to the muscles and release endorphins, which calm the nerves, and alleviate pain.
- Heat and icy therapy
Alternating heat and ice therapy can give immediate relief of sciatic nerve pain. The heat encourages blood flow to the painful area, while the ice reduces the swelling.
- Decompression and lumbar spine traction
Spinal traction and decompressions are used to help the disc material to re-absorb in the outer disc material and relieve the pressure on the spine.
- Chiropractic care
Chiropractic care and physiotherapy alleviate sciatica pain and the accompanying symptoms will help you restore mobility and flexibility.
- McKenzie exercises
Numerous chiropractors and physiotherapists ease the pain and discomfort in the legs. Therefore, this exercise is typically used to treat a sudden onset of acute back pain or sciatica.