Ladies and gentlemen, did you know that one of the most common conditions that chiropractors see and deal in their profession is sciatica? Sciatic pain, or sciatica, occurs off and on with many people. Sometimes, it’s mistaken for lower back pain or leg cramps. When it does, the tendency is to stay in bed and gulp down some ibuprofen or other pharmaceutical.
Sciatica is a symptom of another problem that is pinching or creating pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body. It runs down each leg from the lower spine all the way to the feet, providing movement, feeling, and strength to either leg.
Most common sciatica symptoms: sharp painful burning sensations or cramping. Sometimes there can be tingling sensations and numbness in different areas of the buttock, leg or foot. The wording is singular because usually sciatica occurs on one side or the other, not in both legs simultaneously.
Sciatica is most often caused by a herniated or slipped disc. It can also be caused by issues like a spinal injury or infection, degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis and piriformis syndrome. Although there are many conventional treatments for sciatica, they may only ease the pain temporarily. Plus, most steroid injections can cause serious side effects. You can use some home remedies and simple exercise to reduce inflammation and pressure on the irritated sciatic nerve.
The following exercise can provide amazing results:
- Lie down and cross the painful leg over the other one at the knees, and bend both legs. Then, pull the knee up gently towards the shoulder on the same side of the body. When you feel the stretch, hold for 30 seconds, and return to the initial position. Repeat 3 times.
- Lie down. You need to keep your legs flat. Now, pull the painful leg towards the chest, while holding the left knee with the left hand, and grasp the ankle with the other one. You should pull the knee in the direction of the other leg, leading by your ankle, until you feel the light stretch. Then, hold for 30 seconds, release, and return to the starting position. Make 3 repetitions.