The sciatic nerve runs from your pelvis down the backs of your legs. Inflammation of the sciatic results in sciatica, which can cause pain, tingling, and numbness in your lower back, buttocks, and legs. If you experience this type of pain, try stretching and taking herbs daily as a holistic treatment for sciatica. Then, if at-home care isn’t enough, visit Back 2 Health for more in-depth sciatica treatment.
Daily stretching is particularly effective if your sciatica is caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Try these four stretches to produce the results you’re looking for.
The sciatic nerve runs right through the piriformis, a small but power muscle deep within your glutes. Its job is to laterally rotate your hips. When the piriformis becomes too tight, the sciatic nerve running through or under it becomes compressed, causing pain, tingling, and numbness. Here’s how to stretch the piriformis:
This stretch targets your hips, another common place for sciatica pain to take hold.
This pose is like doing the splits one leg at a time for a deep stretch on the front of your thigh.
Here’s another way to stretch your hips as a holistic treatment for sciatica:
In addition to stretching, taking certain herbs can help with inflammation and nerve pain associated with sciatica. These natural remedies are much preferred over non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can cause liver problems and other side effects. Here are four herbs we recommend as holistic treatment for sciatica.
The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, help it relieve sciatica pain and swelling. You can administer turmeric in several ways:
Similar to turmeric, garlic has anti-inflammatory properties, plus immune system-boosting power. Add this delicious herb to your cooking or take four raw cloves each morning with a glass of water.
This herb is derived from the bark of the dogwood tree. It’s known to relieve nerve pain and can be taken as a capsule or applied as a tincture. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not use Jamaican dogwood.
The use of this herb dates back to the time of ancient Greece. With its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, and antioxidant properties, St. John’s Wort is highly effective against nerve pain. It even helps regenerate nerve tissue damaged by sciatica.
At-home, holistic treatment for sciatica goes a long way, but it may still not be enough to completely rid you of debilitating pain. For additional treatment – including chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, hot and cold therapy, and Sarapin injections – visit Back 2 Health in Goose Creek. Remember, your sciatica treatment may be covered by insurance, so nothing should stop you from starting down the road to recovery!
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