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Home remedies for sciatica can be very effective for relieving pain and allowing you to get on with your life but how effective they are will depend on finding the correct treatment for the cause of "Your Sciatica". 

  

  

  

  

  

What causes "Your Sciatica"?????

Everyone is different and there are several different problems that can cause pain or numbness or other symptoms along the course of the sciatic nerve. 

Probably the most common causes of sciatica include things like lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar facet joint arthritis, and bulging or degenerative discs in your lumbar spine. 

Home remedies for sciatica 
may not always be successful.

If you have severe stenosis or other serious problems in your lumbar spine the things that you can do at home may not be helpful. 

However, they are a good place
to start your treatment plan. 


Home Remedies for Sciatica:

•Heating Pads or Cold packs or Both

•Anti-inflammatory Diet

•Stretching and Strengthening Program

•Over the Counter Medications


  


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Home Remedies for Sciatica
Hot and Cold Therapies

Cold Packs

If your pain is acute, or suddenly flared up, cold packs will help to relieve swelling and reduce pain. Cold can also be helpful after you have exercised or done your stretching exercises.

Never put ice directly on your skin.

Wrap an ice pack or a bag of frozen corn from your freezer in a light towel or other cloth and apply it to the painful area for 15-20 minutes several times per day. 


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Heating Pads

Heat can relieve pain by increasing blood flow and helping tight muscles relax.

Taking the time to apply some heat to the painful area for 10 minutes before you begin stretching or other exercises will help loosen up your muscles, tendons and ligaments. 

Wrap your heating pad or hot water bottle in a light towel or other cloth to prevent burning your skin.

If you use an electric heating pad make sure it has a timer, especially at night, and especially if you are using any pain medication. Many people have been burned falling asleep on their heating pad. 

Home Remedies for Sciatica
An Anti-inflammatory Diet

Inflammation may not cause sciatica but it definitely can make it worse and many of the causes of sciatica, such as facet joint arthritis and degenerative disc disease, have a large inflammatory component that causes much of the pain. 

Inflammatory Chemicals

Inflammation causes swelling which can increase the pressure or squeeze on the nerves.

The inflammatory chemicals involved in the inflammatory process can also irritate the nerves and cause pain. 

Reduce Inflammation = Reduce Pain

Finding ways to reduce the inflammation will reduce your back pain and swelling and help relieve your sciatica as well.


Anti-inflammatory Foods
vs.
Pro-inflammatory Foods

Inflammation is an important part of your body's immune response. Without it you would not be able to prevent infections or heal minor injuries. 

Inflammation can be Helpful

But, when inflammation gets out of control it can cause increased pain and swelling that is unnecessary and does not help in any way.

Degenerative conditions such as arthritis and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatism generate inflammation that only causes problems.  

An anti-inflammatory diet includes
plenty of leafy green vegetables.

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Scientists have found that some foods are pro-inflammatory (stimulate inflammation), and some foods are anti-inflammatory (suppress inflammation). 

Adding anti-inflammatory foods to your diet and avoiding pro-inflammatory foods will help to reduce the inflammation throughout your entire body. 

The internet is full of lists covering both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory foods. Here are a few that I thought were interesting.

Anti-inflammatory Food You Should Add to Your Diet:

•Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collard greens
  Dark greens have plenty of vitamin E which suppresses inflammation

•Fatty fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, mackerel, and tuna
  Fish needs to be baked or boiled and not fried for maximum benefit

•Nuts, especially almonds, add healthy fats and fiber to your diet
  Part of the Mediterranean diet nuts are also high in anti-oxidants

•Ginger and Turmeric, these spices are from Asia and India
  Several studies have shown a strong anti-inflammatory effect


Pro-inflammatory Foods that may Stimulate Inflammation

•Sugar in all of its forms, corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, golden syrup, etc
  Found in pastries, soft drinks, desserts, candies, and snacks

•Trans Fats, also called partially hydrogenated oil or vegetable shortening 
  Found in fast foods, deep-fried foods, and commercially prepared foods

•Synthetic spices and food additives stimulate an immune response
  Avoid artificial flavorings like monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame 

•Alcoholic beverages like beer in wine in moderation may have some benefits but...
  Regular consumption irritates your GI tract and liver causing inflammation

A healthy diet will have a wide variety of anti-inflammatory foods and limit or avoid completely pro-inflammatory foods that will make your sciatica worse. Learn more about what an anti-inflammatory diet can do for you at
Anti-inflammatory Diet Benefits.


More:
Home Remedies for Sciatica Ch2

Chapter 2 will show you
Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Over the Counter Medications

Make your sciatica pain a thing of the past.


  


  

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