Burning, tingling, shooting, throbbing – Sciatica Pain is brutal.
It probably started out feeling like an ice pick stabbing at your butt, or a fist squeezing your back and butt as hard as possible, but a few days later it turns into a burning rope running all the way from your back to your foot sensation.
This is only one of the reasons that the first signs of Sciatica should not be ignored or neglected – Even for a day. Your low back sciatica home treatment should start, well, yesterday.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed in the low back, thus sending pain from the sciatic nerve down to the buttock and sometimes down the back of the leg.
Sciatica is not a physical condition. It’s a set of symptoms describing radiating pain which travels down from a pinched or irritated sciatic nerve, many times accompanied with tingling, burning, numbness and weakness of the legs.
The common causes are:
- Herniated/bulging disc
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Piriformis syndrome
- Spinal trauma (car accident, lifting)
Is There a Pill That Cures Sciatica?
Treatments for sciatic pain relief commonly include some combination of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen. If your pain is really severe you’ll probably get a Cortisone shot.
Most importantly, they won’t fix the underlying problem and won’t prevent your sciatica from coming back in the near future.
Low Back Sciatica Home Treatment
Basically, to treat sciatica at home you need to accomplish 2 things:
- Relieve the pressure on the irritated sciatic nerve.
- Reduce inflammation.
Below you’ll find the best methods to relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve, while reducing inflammation in your lower back.
Effective and Fast Home Treatments for Sciatica
1. Topical Pain Relief
When you’re in pain, you want to get rid of it fast. No waiting around for pills to be absorbed or for smelly creams to sink in and only mask the pain with a burning sensation.
After trying many pain relief creams, I’ve found one that works best for me, and I love it because it works immediately, it doesn’t stink, it’s not greasy and it absorbs fast.
If you are felling crafty and have some extra time, you can make a pain relieving cream by yourself. The Learning Herbs website offers a DIY recipe for Cayenne Pepper pain relief cream – Here.
2. Home Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression is by far the fastest and best sciatic pain relief method, in my experience. Spinal decompression treatments have been shown to “fix”herniated and bulging discs pressing on nerves time and time again – without surgery.
Sciatica can be eliminated and even arthritis sufferers find tremendous relief (in minutes) using spinal decompression.
Spinal Decompression Exercises
If your pain is not debilitating and you are able to move, spinal decompression exercises can be the best place to start your healing process (and pain relief!).
Above is an example for a very effective spinal decompression exercise you can do at home. You can also get your own back traction device to use anytime you need it at the comfort of your own home, and save a fortune on chiropractor treatments.
Here’s my post about how to do back traction at home and which devices are best.
Inversion Therapy for Sciatica
Using an inversion table can relieve your sciatic pain in just a few minutes. If you use it daily, it will allow you to gradually incline your body until you can remain upside down for 5-15 minutes a day.
While upside down, gravity pulls your spine allowing the vertebrae to relax enough for the spinal discs to recover their proper shape and increase circulation for faster healing.
It costs about 250$-320$, but I would say that if it works for you – Than it’s worth every pennt.
And if I remember correctly, the Healthy Back Institute offers a free trial for a good quality inversion table, so if it doesn’t work you can just simply send in back and pay only for shipping.
3. Herbal Remedies
Nature offers us some amazingly powerful herbs for pain relief and inflammation.
Some of the best herbs (and foods) for sciatica are: Turmeric root, Ginger root, Proteolytic Enzymes, Bromelain, Papain, Boswelia and Cayenne Pepper.
This is a formula that contains most of these herbal remedies, you may want to check it out.
4. Infrared Light Therapy
I hope I don’t get too emotional again about infrared light therapy, because I really can’t praise this little known pain relief and healing method enough.
I’ve used infrared light therapy at home for 6 different health conditions that usually require pills and drugs, which I hate.
My infrared heating mat helps me relieve any kind of pain, kick my stress and fatigue out the window, restore my energy, boost my immune system and even detoxify. And all I have to do is lie on it for a little while.
Here’s my review for the top 2 infrared heating pads.
What Can I Do If I’m Pregnant?
Sciatica is very common in pregnancy. Unfortunately, most of these home treatments for sciatica are not safe for pregnant women.
Heat therapy is supposed to be safe enough, you may want to use a heating pad and place it to the painful area in your back.
Avoid lifting and pushing heavy things and don’t make sudden movements.
If you have a too-soft mattress consider replacing it with a firm mattress, or at least a firm mattress topper.
Massage therapy can also be very helpful, but make sure you go to someone who specializes in pregnancy massage.
As you can see, there’s no need for pain killers, OTC drugs, injections and god forbid – Surgeries – to get rid of sciatica.
Have you tried any of these home treatments for Sciatica? How did they work for you?
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