The treatment of Sciatica pain and other natural ways to help you get relief.

Treatment of Sciatica pain

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. This nerve comes out of the spine. A branch of this runs down each leg, along the back of the thigh of each leg, and down the inside of the leg to the ankle.

Pain is noted down the back of the thigh, the outer side of the calf. Perhaps it is along the outer side of the foot, on the top of the foot that is in line with the big toe. The person compensates by placing more weight on the other leg and foot. The pain is often worse at night. Coughing, walking, heavy labor or sneezing increases both the pain in the back and in the sciatic nerve.

Later still, the area, where the pain may be felt, may feel numb when the hand is rubbed over it.

Still later, a wasting of the muscles of the calf and a weakness in running and even walking may be noticed.

There are two primary causes of sciatica:

The first is chilling the thigh over a lengthy period of time. Sciatica usually begins as neuralgia of the sciatic nerve. If you sit on cold surfaces a lot (steel-folding chairs in cool rooms, steel-tree chairs while hunting, or steel-boat seats while fishing, etc.) For lengthy periods of time, you can irritate the sciatic nerve and produce sciatica. A less recognized example is sitting on deep foam cushions, which never sufficiently warm up, for hours while watching exciting television dramas that cause you to be tense.

Fortunately, this form of sciatica is rather easy to solve: Apply neuralgia-type treatments; and only sit on warm surfaces or surfaces your body can heat relatively easily. Do not use chairs with foam that are too deep to easily warm up within a short time (say, 8 inches).

On your favorite chairs, place a folded, wool blanket or piled thinner blanket. That is something you can warm up. Experiment and see what works best for you. If your body does not begin warming it up in a few minutes, lay something down that will.

Unfortunately, there is a second, and much more serious, cause:
The second cause of sciatica is damage to the lower spine. There may be a history of an accident, a fall, the lifting of a heavy weight, or a twist under some tension. Some men derange their lower back by the simple method of always carrying a thick wallet in one of the back pockets of their pants. The mechanical vibration of long hours behind the wheel of a car or truck, or work requiring repetitive lifting, may bring on sciatic attacks.

It is significant that the pain is first felt in the lower back. Later (weeks or even years later) pain begins to be felt at one or more places along the entire course of the sciatic nerve-back of the thigh, outer side of the calf, or in the top of the foot to the big toe.

One of the cartilaginous plates (disks, also spelled discs) in the lumbar region of the lower back has been damaged. The cartilage bulges and later breaks, creating pressure backward against a nerve root. (It is also possible for a tumor to develop and press against the sciatic nerve; but this is far less likely.)

Other important facts are these: (1) The person probably was not maintaining a nourishing diet, with supplemental calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and other bone-building factors. (2) He may have been over working his body in running, weight lifting, etc. (3) He was not lifting objects properly. (4) He was working at an occupation such as lifting heavy patients in a nursing home, which can be hazardous.

In older people who do not obtain enough bone building materials in their diet, degenerative problems can occur in newly formed spicules, or ridges, of bone. These may press on a nerve root.

Treatment naturally
 -For pain in the leg from the sciatica: Apply hot, wet applications to the affected leg, for the relief of pain and inflammation.

 -For pain in the back: At the onset of a back attack, apply an application of ice for 10-20 minutes. This will deaden pain, relieve spasms, and minimize swelling.
 -For the sciatica in the leg, give prolonged applications of dry heat in any form (hot-water  bottles, radiant heat, or electric heating pads).

 -Apply heat in form of hot fomentations, 3 times a day, omitting any use of ice or cold water.

-After each application of heat, rub the limb to increase circulation.

 -Add 2 cups of salt to a boiling quart of water. When quite warm, apply with a cloth to the affected area until relief comes.

2.Useful and helpful herbs
-Dang quai, the herb that is so helpful for female problems, is also good for sciatica.

-Willow bark contains salicin, which effectively relieves pain. Begin with a low dose of ½ tsp. of dried herb; and gradually increase it until you have effective pain relief. But long-term use can cause stomach distress and even ulcers.

-Take wintergreen internally, and apply it externally to the painful area. It contains methyl salicylate (similar to salicin, above).

-Mix 2 Tbsp. grated ginger with 3 Tbsp. sesame oil and 1 tsp. lemon juice. Rub this into the painful area. This remedy has been used in Egypt for centuries.

-Compress of Mistletoe leaves alleviate sciatic pains.

3.Doing stretching exercises
-Carefully apply stretching exercises; but always stop before there is pain or becomes too uncomfortable. Do each exercise 3 times, 2-3 times a day, increasing the number as improvement occurs.

-Pull the knees up as close to the chin as possible. You will feel a pulling sensation in the lower back.

-Sitting in a chair, reach down under it as far, as possible, and bend from the hip only.

-While lying on the back, the leg is raised with the knee straight. Someone else raises the leg, bending it from the hip only. This stretches the nerve and the hamstring muscles.

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