Have you ever wake up and experienced the feeling of terrible pain starting from your upper thighs all the way to your feet? Or, the annoying pain in the lower back which will not go away not matter what you try?
This could indicate that you are suffering from sciatic nerve pain, known as sciatica, which causes painful throbbing in the limbs and lower back.
A slipped or herniated disc is considered as the main cause of sciatica.
However, there are other factors which can cause this condition including, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, isthmic spondylolisthesis, piriformis syndrome, spinal injury or infection.
Today, there are many methods used for treating sciatica, but most of them provide short-term relief.
But, fortunately, there are some natural therapies and home remedies which can help you to reduce the pressure and inflammation on the irritated sciatic nerve. Usually, the problem is eliminated in 6 weeks.
Here are 10 home remedies for sciatica nerve pain
Besides its ability to relieve sciatica pain, massage therapy can help your body to heal itself, especially if a muscle spasm is the cause of the problem. We recommend you to use St. John’s wort oil to massage the painful areas 2-3 times a day until you see some improvements.
Or, you can also prepare a mixture of 3 tablespoons nutmeg powder and 1 cup sesame oil. Heat this mixture then let it cool for some time. Apply this mixture a couple of times throughout the day, for a few weeks.
Think about having a trigger-point massage at least once a day because the pain in the lower back, thighs, and buttocks in most cases is related to the points in the gluteus minimus and medius muscles.
2. Hot or cold compresses
Hot or cold compresses can alleviate the sciatica pain and inflammation.
Cold compress relieves the pain and reduces the swelling around the nerve while hot compress can relax those tense muscles which are responsible for pressing the sciatic nerve.
However, you can combine the hot and cold compress. You should start with the hot treatment, and end with the cold one. Make sure to use steamed towel for the hot treatment in order to make it more effective.
Place a cold or hot pack on the painful area and let it stand for 15-20 minutes. You need to repeat this procedure every couple of hours until you notice that your pain is relieved.
Note: It is recommended that people who suffer from circulatory issues not to use cold compresses.