Sciatica is name given to the sharp pain you feel in your lower back which may rage from mild to severe. More precisely, when the sciatic nerve gets compressed in the lower spine, you will experience and excruciating pain which is often confused with back pain.
The main symptom is shooting pain in the lower back which will travel to the buttocks and the leg. Other symptoms may include numbness in the leg and a tingling sensation (needles and pins) in feet and toes.
If we’re talking of acute sciatic nerve pain you can easily try to ease the pain at home with over-the-counter painkillers and ointments, exercises and stretches, and some effective natural remedies.
However, if you have chronic sciatica then you should see a physical therapist to prescribe the right medication.
Home remedies for sciatica
Ginger: The anti-inflammatory and analgesic nature of ginger aids in reducing inflammation and pain associated with sciatica. Add some ginger to hot water and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Add some honey and sip it down.
Turmeric Milk Curcumin is not only anti-inflammatory but also possesses analgesic properties, which can be quite helpful in relieving sciatica and its symptoms like pain and inflammation. So, mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup of hot milk and drink once a day. Also, you can make a paste of turmeric and sesame oil and massage it on the affected area.
Lemon juice: It contains vitamin C that reduces sciatica and its symptoms due to the anti-inflammatory properties. Drink a glass of lemon juice with some added honey to get relief from sciatica.
<emApple cider vinegar: This is another source that has great anti-inflammatory properties to treat sciatica. Add some apple cider vinegar and salt to a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it for 10-15 minutes to get relief from sciatica.
Hot/cold compress: Both hot and cold compress to the affected area can provide some relief. For cold compress use some ice cubes in a washcloth and apply to the affected area for relief. You may also dip the washcloth in warm water and apply directly to the affected area for relief from sciatica. Hot compress reduces inflammation whereas a cold compress numbs the pain.
Essential oils: Essential oils such as ginger and peppermint oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that help in lowering pain associated with sciatica. Mix either of this oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil and apply the mixture to the affected area.
Stretching: A few simple stretching exercises can also help in treating sciatica. Exercises such as standing hamstring stretch, sitting spinal stretch, knee to opposite shoulder, forward pigeon pose, and sitting pigeon pose can help in curing sciatica.
Below is a video with some recommended stretches which you can perform both in acute and chronic sciatic nerve pain.