What is sciatica?
The nerve beginnings arising out of the spinal cord going into the bottom back is what is called the Sciatic nerves. When these nerve roots get irritated, a pain, numbness or tingling is experienced which is known as Sciatica. The pain can go down through the buttocks, and can branch down to the back of the leg and further down to the ankle and foot.
What causes sciatica?
A ruptured or bulging disc (herniated disc) in the spine is found to be the main cause of Sciatica. When the bulge press against the nerve roots leading to the sciatic nerve, pain or irritation arises.
Sciatica can also can be a pointing symptom to other conditions affecting the spine, like narrowing of the spinal canal stenosis, arthritis, or nerve root compressions caused by injury.
The prominent symptom of sciatica is a pain that will begin in your buttock and radiates down your leg and even move down to your foot. A tingling, or numbness also accompany at times.
A worsening of the pain when movements flexing the spine, like sitting or standing for a long time, is yet another sign of it.
How is it treated?
It is on the cause of the problem that Ayurveda treatment of Sciatica is based on. Generally, the starting stage of such an on-stage of pain will abate quickly if conservative treatment methods like rest and exercises.
But a persistent pain can mean a complicated condition of the spine and hence need professional attention.
Ayurvedic treatment identifies muscular spasm caused by Strain as the repeated cause of the pain which in turn is due to a faulted posture or stress. These causes can be easily abated by Ayurvedic medicines and in severe cases by specialised massages.
Ayurveda, the green way of life always opts for tangible alternatives to allopathic ways like surgery and other evasive procedure like epidural injections.
Administration of Ayurvedic therapies like
Nasya (Entering of medicated liquids through nasal cavity)
Elakkizhi (Patrapotala sweda)
Podikkizhi (Choorna pinda sweda)
Abhyanga (oil massage with specific herbal medicines)
In most cases, sciatica will get better and goes with time. Early treatments usually include only medicines and exercises to ease the pain. This can be done by:
Trying to avoid sitting for long periods in a stretch (unless it you find it real hard to stand).
Alternate your resting with short walks and increase the distance each time as you are able to.
Apply a heat pad for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 hours.
An ice pack can also be of some help.