Sciatica often responds well to simple exercises and changes to your daily routines. Self-care measures are important, so avoiding what caused the pain in the first place is a good idea. While rest is important in the short-term,prolonged rest can make your symptoms worse.
Sciatica pain is condition where the lower part at the back as well as one of the legs is in pain. The pain is usually characterized as sharp or mild pain as well as stiffness.
The main symptom of sciatica is a sharp burning pain followed by stiffness or weakness in the lower back and one of the legs.
Also, the pain gets stronger when you’re in a standing position, or performing regular everyday tasks such as walking, crouching or bending over.
Causes of sciatica pain
Aside from the main causes, sciatica pain can result from other issues such as degenerative processes which are usually common on the vertebra.
These processes could be:
- Trauma from a car accident
- Lifting heavy objects
- Herniated disc
In order to treat this condition, it is first necessary reduces the inflammation and soothes the muscle stiffness. This can be done through acupuncture, massage or specific exercises.
Aside from the physical methods, sciatica pain can be treated using herbs and natural remedies.
Herbs are able to reduce inflammation of the sciatic nerve as well as efficiently treat pain and uncomfortable feelings in the legs and back.
Herbs recommended for sciatica treatment:
- Chamomile tea
Chamomile is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat inflammatory conditions and for eliminating sciatica pain. Drink this tea 3 times a day.
- John’s Wort tea
St. John’s Wort also has potent inflammatory properties as well as regenerative properties, which can help the sciatica nerve heal. You can also consume this in tea form, few times a day.
- Massage with horsetail
Thanks to the high amounts of sicilium it contains, the puzzle-grass is an excellent analgesic. You can rub it, and then massage the affected area. It will do wonders.
- Red hot pepper unguent
Red hot pepper contains, capsaicin which causes a feeling of warmness. Thanks to this, the red pepper can efficiently eliminate painful conditions in the muscles and bones.
Prepare a balsam from 4 teaspoons of red hot pepper dust and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Mix the ingredients together and massage the mixture onto the affected area. The pain will be alleviated.
- Essential mint oil
Mint contains aromatic compounds such as peppermint, which eliminates pain and relaxes the muscles.