Sciatica pain is caused by compression or irritation of any of the five sciatica nerve roots which give rise to sciatica nerve, or compression or irritation of left or right sciatica nerve itself. There are innumerable reasons which can irritate or compress the roots of sciatica nerve or nerve itself. Wrong sitting posture, injuries, trauma, physically straining lifestyle, lethargic lifestyle, too much driving, sitting jobs, lifting heavy objects, piriformis syndrome, spondylolisthesis and herniated disc caused by injuries osteoarthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis etc., are main reasons for sciatica pain. Ageing is natural cause of this problem as due to growing age people have damaged cartilages and discs which reduce cushion and constrict any root nerve or sciatica nerve. Home remedies for sciatica are capable treatments to curb the pain and relieve the symptoms of the problem.
Home Remedies for Sciatica
Hot and cold compresses are easy to use, safe home remedies for sciatica. Just make an ice pack by wrapping few ice cubes in a plastic bag and keep few glasses of water to boil. Apply ice pack over entire troubled area for a duration that skin gets numb. Now soak a towel in hot water and wring the excess water out, make sure that towel is not too hot, you can add plain water if towel is too hot to make it bearably warm. Wrap or cover the area with warm towel for few minutes. Apply ice pack and warm towel alternatively few times and repeat entire process at least twice or thrice in a day to gain substantial relief from the problem.
Garlic provides few effective home remedies for sciatica. Just chew two garlic cloves and also consume vitamin B1 and vitamin B-complex supplements regularly once in a day. These work as potent home remedies for sciatica. You can also add two crushed cloves of garlic to a cup of warm milk. Boil this for few minutes and later allow it to cool down a bit, strain and consume after discarding garlic. Repeat this for few days till symptoms subside. If you have ulcer avoid consuming garlic, you can prepare its oil by boiling 10 cloves of garlic in 50 ml of any vegetable oil. Boil till cloves become brown, later allow it to cool down, strain, discard garlic and store the oil. Apply this oil over affected part massaging the area gently, later heat the area by covering it with warm towel for few minutes. All of these are excellent home remedies for sciatica.
Take some horseradish and grind them to form a paste. Wrap this paste in a clean cloth and apply this poultice over affected part. You can also spread the paste over your back and let it stay for 20 to 30 minutes. On regular use these poultices also work as potent home remedies for sciatica. Drink a cup of chamomile tea in the night, this tea has properties to relax nerves and also brings sound sleep. Elderberry juice or elderberry teas are also wonderful home remedies for sciatica pain. Drink few glasses of juice or few cups of elderberry regularly.
Blend potato, celery leaves, carrots and beetroot separately to get equal amount of juice of all these. Now mix the juice and consume 10 ounces of the mixture, nearly 300 ml every day. This is also one of the best home remedies for sciatica.
There are few exercises which have been found as effective in relieving pain and preventing sciatica attacks. Lie down on your stomach with a pillow or rolled towel under your hip region. Now bend one leg by shifting knee outwards, keep another leg straight. Lie in this position for few minutes, you can repeat the same for another leg and repeat this exercises two three times in a day. Another exercise is done by lying down on floor with a pillow under your head and keep your feet on a chair or wall with your knee joints forming a 90°angle. Stay in this position for few minutes. Both of these are easy to use home remedies for sciatica.
For those who have piriformis syndrome causing sciatica pain, performing an exercise regularly works as excellent way to curb the pain. Lie down on the floor with your feet on the wall with legs bent and knees forming a 90° angle. Now turn one leg and rest it just above the knee joint on your thigh, let it stay there for few minutes, repeat for another leg. This exercise on regular practice works as one of the best home remedies for sciatica caused due to strained pirirformis muscle.
Watch out for your sitting posture, bed and working chair. Do not use soft chairs, sofas and bed and do not keep wallet or any other things in your back pocket, these will shift the pressure on one side more and cause pain. Sit straight, walk at least 2000 paces everyday and do not twist, turn or put sudden pressure on your back. Do not sit for long hours straight, get up and take a mild walk or stand for few minutes after every one or two hours.
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