Web Md describes sciatica as the following:
Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg.
Common symptoms of sciatica include:
Lower back pain
Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
Burning or tingling down the leg
Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
A constant pain on one side of the rear
A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.
So how can I help stop the pain?
#1. STRETCH: This is first and foremost one of the best remedies for sciatica. See the image for some of the best stretches. Be sure to hold your stretches for 20-30 seconds.
#2 MASSAGE: A good massage therapist can really help treat this pain. They know how to get in there and really alleviate that pressure that is being put on the nerve.
#3. WARM BATH WITH EPSOM SALT: Something about epsom salt helps to alleviate the pain and stress in the body. It actually pulls toxins from the body. I recommend warm epsom salt soaks to my clients who are new to working out to alleviate sore muscles. If you do not have access to a bath tub you can always do a warm compress by soaking a towel in warm epsom salt and then placing it on the area you are treating.
#4. WARM / COLD Treatment: Icy Hot is a great one and feels good. Icy Hot is a topical pain reliever that gets ICY to dull the pain, then gets HOT to relax it away. You can find Icy Hot in the pain-relief aisle of grocery stores, superstores and drug stores everywhere. Add this before your stretches. Warm compresses are also good for sciatica. Use a heating pad every few hours until the pain is reduced.
#5. TUMERIC SUPPLEMENTS: Tumeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. It helps with nerve pain and inflammation. Click the link below for more information and to purchase Tumeric at Amazon.com
Have you had sciatica? If so what are some of your remedies?
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I am not a doctor and these tips are simple tips I give my clients and friends. Please visit your physician with any concerns you may have and ask him/her if these recommendations are for you.