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Sciatica is pain in the lower back or hip that radiates down into the buttock and back of the leg along the sciatic nerve, often to the foot. Sciatic pain is the result of a pinched or inflamed sciatic nerve and can occur following an injury, muscular strain or herniated (“slipped”) vertebral disc that presses on the nerve. Fortunately, sciatica usually goes away on its own within a few weeks.

The pain of sciatica can take a number of forms – it may feel like a cramp in the leg, may worsen when you sit, sneeze or cough, and may show up as numbness, burning, tingling, an electrical shock or as “pins-and-needles” along the leg. Muscle weakness can occur either due to pain or pressure on the nerve. Loss of bowel or bladder control is a rare but serious complication that requires emergency treatment.Only 10 to 25 percent of all cases last more than six weeks and 80 to 90 percent of all people with sciatica recover, in time, without surgery.

Here are the best remedies for sciatica:

Chiropractic Adjustments

As mentioned above, 60% of people with sciatica who didn’t get relief from other therapies and then tried spinal manipulation experienced the same amount of pain relief as patients who eventually had surgery. Chiropractic creates a response in the nervous system that relieves pain and shifts nerves and joints back into their proper position.

Yoga Stretches

Let’s face it – when you deal with this type of problem, moving around is probably the last thing that comes to mind, right? Well, most people would agree. But, ladies and gentlemen, you should know that it is extremely important for you to be active, because otherwise the pain can last longer. Many people have confirmed that gentle back or yoga stretches really enhance their healing process.

Massage

You’ll be amazed when we tell you that deeper massaging or trigger-point therapies have shown great success in the treatment of muscle spasms, pain, and numbness of the legs and toes. Herb-infused oils and essential oils will also give you good results. This means that you should get a nice oil massage.

Herbal remedies

There are a number of herbal remedies that relieve from sciatica pain, relax the back muscles and increase blood circulation. Pepperwood herb is herbal remedy that possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It works as a booster to strengthen the sciatica affected mucous tissues and as a calming circulatory tonic in a situation where sciatica is seen to affect the bowel movements.Burdock relieves irritation while toning down the circulatory system.

Exercise

Back muscles become weak and flaccid with the lack of exercise, and do not support the back well.Right posture is essential to reap maximum benefit from the exercises. A firm support for the back, good posture, avoiding long hours of standing and safe procedures for lifting heavy goods are some routine measures that should be followed to take care of your back.

Devil’s Claw

This crazy looking herb is just as powerful and useful as ibuprofen for pain relief. People with sciatica should aim for 1,500 to 2,000 mg twice a day. Look for brands that contain around 50 mg of harpagoside, the active compound in Devil’s Claw. Avoid using if you are on blood-thinning medications or have peptic ulcers.

back pain

Low back pain is an extremely common problem that is often poorly managed. Back pain is a particular challenge because it is so common, demanding of medical resources and a major cause of physical, psychological and social disability. Most back pain is simple and self-limiting but it is important to recognize that which is not.

Pain in the lower back or low back pain is a common concern, affecting up to 80% of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Many will have more than one episode. Low back pain is not a specific disease, it is a symptom that may occur from a variety of different processes. In up to 85% of people with low back pain, despite a thorough medical examination, no specific cause of the pain can be identified.

Back pain can have many reasons, but often no specific cause will be found and the pain will not stop. Please be sure to discuss your individual symptoms as well as the suggested treatments with your health-care professional to determine the appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan for your circumstances.

  • Low back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work. It is also one of the most common reasons to visit a doctor’s office or a hospital’s emergency department. It is the second most common neurologic complaint in the United States, second only to headache.
  • For most people, even those with nerve root irritation, their symptoms will improve within two months no matter what treatment is used, even if no treatment is given.
  • Doctors usually refer to back pain as acute if it has been present for less than a month and chronic if it lasts for a longer period of time.

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Garlic Milk

Garlic Milk is an effective remedy for relieving back pain caused by sciatica. It helps to reduce inflammation in the sciatic nerve and works as an analgesic that relieves the excruciating pain.

  • Take 4 garlic cloves and mince them very finely.
  • Heat 200 ml of milk on medium heat and add the minced garlic to it.
  • Let the milk boil for a few minutes and add some honey to sweeten it.
  • Drink the milk while it’s still warm.

You can also try:

 Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an alternative treatment were hair-fine needles are inserted at specific points of your body. It stimulates energy flow and improves nerve function. Some people get relief after just one session, but for most people it takes a few sessions.

Further reading: acupuncture is gaining more and more popularity and it can be used to treat many conditions, such as relieving migraines, stimulating lymph flow, treating stress, and even quitting smoking.

Ice Packs

Ice packs (or a package of frozen peas wrapped in a towel) work great to find instant relief. Apply for 20 minutes on the affected area every two hours until pain disappears.

As always if you have severe symptoms consult your doctor.