Beat Sciatica Naturally

Treating Sciatica

A lot of people nowadays suffer from sciatica, there is hope. Made up of low back spinal nerves L4 through S2, the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body and runs from the hip, down the back of the thigh, to the inside of the leg and finally the foot. Commonly affecting adults 25 to 45 years old, irritation or injury to the sciatic nerve is generally caused by what chiropractors call a "misalignment in your lower spine." This is when a bone in your spine is out of place compressing or "pinching" the nerve. Falling on your back/buttocks or sitting for prolonged periods typically causes this syndrome.

Try these easy (and drug-free) methods for managing sciatica that do not involve prescription pain pills.

Visit a chiropractor: Research and countless testimonials have proven that chiropractic adjustments are key to help not only manage sciatic pain, but also correct the root cause.

• Live a stress-free life: Whether meditation, prayer, or tai chi, find your "happy place" and stay there. Stress is the number one killer in the world and causes muscle tightness, inflammation, and a slew of other issues that will aggravate sciatica.

• Eat an anti-inflammatory diet: A diet rich in foods like turmeric, ginger, garlic, kelp, and sweet potatoes are key to pain reduction and chronic disease reversal.

• Stay hydrated: Drinking the right amount of pure, filtered water every day is key to preventing muscle cramps and stiffness that can contribute to sciatica. Listen to your body, it will tell you how much to drink.

• Stretch: Lie on your back, hug one knee to your chest for 10 seconds, and then use the opposite arm to pull the knee across your body making sure to keep your hip from rising off the floor. Hold for an additional 10 seconds and repeat with the other leg. Do three reps at least three times a day.

• Stay active: Our bodies are designed to be in constant motion. To combat the sedentary lifestyle that often contributes to sciatica, it is crucial to keep your body moving. Consider walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator or park in the last spot and walk that extra 100 meters. Try going on walks during your lunch break. Whatever it takes, make your life a life of movement.

• Core Exercises: Yoga exercises like cat-cow, plank, and downward-facing dog are important to keep your abs and core strong to help support and protect the lower back.

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