The term sciatica describes the symptoms of a leg pain (and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness) which starts at the bottom of the back and passes through the buttocks and the greater sciatic nerve in the back of the leg that makes standing or sitting nearly impossible.
Less common symptoms might include the inability to bend your knee or move your foot and toes.
What cause sciatica?
Possible causes include:
- A herniated or slipped disc that causes pressure on a nerve root: This is the most common cause of sciatica.
- Piriformis syndrome: This occurs when the piriformis muscle, a small muscle that lies deep in the buttocks, becomes tight or spasms, which can put pressure on and irritate the sciatic nerve.
- Spinal stenosis: This condition results from narrowing of the spinal canal with pressure on the nerves.
- Spondylolisthesis: This is a slippage of one vertebra so that it is out of line with the one above it, narrowing the opening through which the nerve exits.
Recipe for sciatica and the back pain
If you want to end once and for all with the pain of sciatica and the back we will recommend you this home remedy.
- 2 cups organic coconut milk
- 4 organic garlic cloves
Crush the cloves and add the milk while they cook on lower heat. Let it cook for several minutes and then remove it from the stove until it starts boiling.
Take the remedy once a day to control pain and swelling. You can add raw, organic honey for flavor and to neutralize the garlic taste.
Ginger essential oil
It is an amazing healing agent that contains chemicals with strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been shown to reduce pain associated with arthritis, making it a great pain reliever.
Ginger has a slight burning sensation similar to the first intense burning feel you get when you consume spicy pepper. While it typically only lasts a few seconds, scientists discovered that it affects the pain pathways directly and rather rapidly in most cases, relieving the inflammation, which in itself causes pain.
The Arthritis Foundation reports a study from the University of Miami that concluded that ginger extract could be a substitute for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s).
The study compared the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo.
Can sciatica be prevented?
You can take steps to protect your back and reduce your risk and here are some of them:
- Practice proper lifting techniques. Lift with your back straight, bringing yourself up with your hips and legs and holding the object close to your chest. Use this technique for lifting everything, no matter how light.
- Avoid/stop cigarette smoking, which promotes disc degeneration.
- Exercise regularly to strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen, which work to support your spine.
- Use good posture when sitting, standing, and sleeping. Good posture helps to relieve the pressure on your lower back.
- Avoid sitting for long periods.