Sciatica pain has baffled doctors for years now as it is very difficult to diagnose. The symptoms are similar to many other medical conditions, making it take quite some time to be sure that it is sciatica. The sciatic nerve travels all the way from the back to the legs and up to the hip region, as a result, it covers nearly half of the body, and the pain can arise anywhere in this area. Some patients may complain of pain in the back; some experience it in the leg, while others feel it in their hips. There are many popular treatments for sciatica that can provide temporary relief.

Sciatica Pain Problem
Chiropractic treatment
This treatment involves corrective manipulation of the spinal alignment in order to remove pressure from the sciatic nerve. This is done by a chiropractor, osteopathic physician or a physical therapist. Spinal adjustments are done manually and if done properly, can bring substantial relief. But it may not always be as simple as that; any wrong manipulation of the spinal cord can worsen the condition and cause serious repercussions. If you choose to see a chiropractor, make sure you research him or her before the treatment, or get a recommendation from a trusted friend or doctor.


Homeopathic treatment
Homeopathy claims to have around 192 treatments for sciatica pain depending on the different symptoms of patients. They try to study the person’s lifestyle, his symptoms, sleeping patterns, behaviour, personality and mental state to personalise the treatment for every individual. Homeopathy is more personalised and the treatment and dosage is altered depending on the patients needs.


Herbal treatment
Herbal teas made with varying ingredients like white willow or meadow sweet are very effective of relieving sciatica pain as they have anti-inflammatory properties and help reduce the inflammation of the sciatica nerve. Black cohosh tea helps in reduce muscular spasms greatly.


Acupuncture is a Chinese treatment that originated around 2500 years back. In this treatment thin hair-like needles are pierced in specific regions of the body for releasing energy and better energy circulation to reduce sciatica pain and other types of back and neck pain. The science of acupuncture believes that sciatica pain occurs when the flow of energy gets disrupted due to blockages. By pricking these needles at the various points the energy flow can be brought back to normal and thereby reduce the sciatica pain.


Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy has also proven to be quite effective in providing temporary relief to sciatica patients. It is believed that certain oils like Aloe Vera oil and nutmeg and ginger oil are quite effective for relieving sciatica pain. These massages are believed to improve the blood circulation in the body and reduce the rigidity of the muscles that could be causing sciatica pain. This muscular relaxation also helps the patient relax and have a good sleep.


Neuromuscular massage therapy
Neuromuscular massage therapy is focussed on massaging the prime areas where muscular spasms occur. Pressure is exerted here with the help of knuckles, fingers and elbow and the pressure is maintained for around 30 seconds when a muscle spasm occurs. The process may be painful but care should be taken to never let the pain be unbearable. The therapist should keep the pain within bearable limits. Massage therapy helps the lactic acid to be released from the muscles and thereby the muscles start receiving oxygen and blood again thereby reducing the sciatica pain.

There are numerous methods of treatment available for sciatica, some traditional and some alternate. No matter which treatment you choose to opt for adequate care and precaution should be taken to avoid further exacerbation of an already painful condition.

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