Sciatica is nerve pain from an injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve, which originates in your buttock area. It makes standing up painful especially when you’ve sat for a long time.
There are home remedies that can be administered in treating sciatica.
1. Ginger: This herb is by far the most powerful natural nerve pain reliever yet discovered. It works for virtually everyone who uses it. it’s an incredibly potent anti inflammatory food that’s rich in potassium.
2. Epsom salt: The mineral magnesium is crucial for healthy nerve function. Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulphate and is easily absorbed through the pores of the skin. A hot bath combined with two cups of Epsom salt will give you astonishing relief from your sciatica… guaranteed! Make sure your lower back and legs are submerged in the water for at least 20 minutes. Be sure to have this bath at least 3 times per week for best results. Regular Epsom salt baths are definitely one of the must use.
3. Hot and cold compress: Hot and/or cold compresses can definitely help relieve sciatica pain and inflammation.
Heat relaxes the tight muscles that may be pushing on the sciatic nerve. The cold treatment reduces the swelling around the nerve, along with helping to numb the pain. You can either use just one of these or alternate between the two. Be sure to start with the hot compress first then end with the cold compress. Simply place a hot or cold pack on the affected area for around 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat every few hours until you find relief.
4. Chair exercise: This exercise works a treat and is regularly recommended by massage and manipulative therapists. Simply sit on a firm chair and cross your knees. Clutching your top knee with both hands, slowly pull it towards it’s opposite shoulder. Your right knee should be towards left shoulder or left direction. You will only need to move it an inch or so before feeling the pull on the side-near back buttocks area. Repeat this for 20-30 seconds each time you sit down and the pain will be gone in less than a week. After this, you will only need to do it once a day to prevent recurrences.
All these treatments should not be used as an alternative to medical treatment. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist after a while.