Sciatica might be a symptom of a pinch nerve affecting one or more of the lower spinal nerves. The nerve might be pinched inside or outside of the spinal canal as it passes into the leg. It is mainly caused when the sciatic nerve is compressed or nerve irritation. Sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in our body, it runs from backside of pelvis through the buttocks, it is extended till the end of our feet. When something irritates or compresses the nerve, it causes pain; it starts from lower back and travels till the end of your calf muscles. In some cases sciatic pain is mild or little but in some cases it is very painful.
Symptoms of Sciatica Pain
- Sharp, burning and depilating pain along the sciatica nerve
- Vomiting and nausea
- Fever and Chills
- Tingling and burning sensation in the legs
- Radiating pain from the buttock down the back of your legs
- Body weakness or muscle weakness
- Numbness around the areas of sciatica nerve
- Needle like or pin like sensation.
- Difficulty in controlling bladder and bowel movements.
Home Remedies 5 Way for Sciatica Pain
Sciatica is most often caused by a slipped disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal injury, infection, isthmic spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, pregnancy and piriformis syndrome. Here are top 5 home remedies which can reduce sciatica pain.
Massage can help you to relieve sciatic nerve pain. You can use different types of oils for the massage. Massage the affected area with St. John’s wort oil at least 2-3 times of day until you get rid of the pain or relief. Consider trigger point massage therapy. Pain in the lower back, buttocks and side of the thighs is often associated with trigger points in the glutens medius and minimus muscles.
- Cold or Hot compresses
Hot or cold compresses treatment can relive sciatic nerve pain. To do this place a hot or cold pack on the pain areas for 15-20 minutes. Continue this every day for few hours until you get relief. (Do not use cold compresses on your body if you have any circulation problems)
Regular physical activity is much beneficial for sciatica pain. By doing abdominal, core muscles and back stretches can give you relief from the pain. Along with these stretching you can also perform yoga for sciatic nerve pain. There are many asanas which can cure sciatica pain few of them are as follows.
- Locust pose (shalabhasana)
- Reclining big toe pose (sputa padangusthasana)
- Supported bridge pose (setu bandhasana)
- Pigeon pose (kapotasana)
- Staff pose (dandasana)
Drinking valerian tea can relieve sciatica pain. Valerain root works excellent for chronic nerve pain, sciatic nerve pain it also reduces muscle spasm. Drink valerian tea, to prepare this you need to boil 1 teaspoon of dried valerian root in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes. Now, pour this tea in a cup and have it, you can drink this herbal tea several times a day.
Turmeric is also one of the natural and effective home remedy for sciatica pain. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and contains an active ingredient curcumin, this can reduce nerve pain and inflammation. Add one teaspoon of turmeric, cinnamon powder in milk and have it twice a day. You can also add honey for taste.
Although there are many other treatments for sciatica pain and many medicines, injections which can ease the pain for that time but they have many side effects. All these above home remedies can reduce sciatica pain, pressure on the sciatic nerve and inflammation.