Approximately 40% of the population worldwide will at some point in their lives experience sciatica. Sciatica usually causes weakness, pain, numbness and tingling in the lower leg and back. In its beginning stages, there is a pinch in the nerve which later leads to pain all the way down to the thigh.
Usually sciatica is treated with powerful medications, but there are also some ways to treat it without painkillers:
1. Ice packs
Yes, traditional ice packs are great for lots of things, one of them being sciatica. Wrap a cold pack in a towel and place it where the pain is for 20 minutes. Try to use ice packs every two hours if possible.
Unfortunately, when one deals with sciatica the last thing thought of is movement due to the profuse pain, but practicing yoga will help with the pain and alleviate stress.
Massage therapy is great for dealing with sciatica. When receiving massages it is best to use essential oils.
4. Herbs and Oils
Many herb-infused oils are great for decreasing inflammation and are natural painkillers. Here is a list of herbs that can be used to infuse with oils for topical use:
- Devil’s claw
- Jamaican dogwood
- Turmeric with black pepper
- White willow bark
- St. John’s wort
- Roman chamomile
- Clary Sage
- Linden flower
- Milky oat tops
Acupuncture is when extremely fine needles are inserted into certain parts of the body where there is pain or tension. For many people, acupuncture is good for increasing energy, relieving stress and improving nerve functions. Acupuncture is strongly recommended for sciatica!