Those who have ever suffered from sciatica or sciatic nerve pain know that it isn’t pleasant. Starting in the lower spine area, it can show up even without any injury triggering it. Usually, sciatic pain is felt in the buttocks and can also radiate down the upper thigh. The pain can extend to the foot, but it is less common.
It is a fact that sciatic pain can often get worse when pressure is applied to the affected area. Sciatic pain can be flared up with coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, and even engaging in regular activities.
How to treat it
Sciatica modern treatment involves pain relievers as well as avoidance of stress on the spinal area by resting and limiting activities. Although this may lower pain, it doesn’t have many long term effects. Most or about 87% of sciatica’s actually healed spontaneously within a period of 3 months.
More interestingly, emotional distress, particularly job dissatisfaction, has been most often found to be highly connected with back pain and sciatica occurrence and persistence.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, sciatic pain relates to kidney chi being low that can be triggered by too much cold, dampness, and wind. What’s more, the treatment from a TCM approach involves warming up the kidney by using a wide variety of herbs and food choices.
How to alleviate sciatica at home
Here is a video including a simple stretch routine that should be used in order to help in alleviation of sciatic pain and possibly hasten healing time.
Watch the video below!