Sciatica Pain Relief Naturally: Alternative Therapies

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Tess Thompson

Whatever the nature of your sciatica - chronic, acute, or episodic – the major concern of the patient is to obtain pain relief. This is the case since sciatica-related pain can be extremely unbearable at times. Mainstream sciatic nerve treatment focuses mainly on drug induced pain relief, epidural steroid injections, or surgery.

Advancement in information gathering tools has made people more aware of the dangers of the side effects that these conventional treatments can cause. This has resulted in an unprecedented increase in the popularity of sciatica alternative remedies like yoga, acupressure, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatments.
Yoga is often misunderstood as only a workout regime. Yoga means the unification of the mind and body. It is an ancient Hindu system of exercises practiced to promote control of the body and mind. Specific yogic exercises need to be learned under the guidance of a yogic expert since some of the exercise can be fairly intricate. Sciatica patients should remember to mention their condition to their instructor to gain maximum benefit of the regime. Mentioning the sciatica condition becomes extremely pertinent since some yoga exercises are not recommended for sciatica patients.

Acupuncture and acupressure have gained immense popularity in the United States and Europe. Acupuncture attempts to restore healthy flow of the body’s vital energy, by inserting fine needles at precise points called Meridians. It is a painless therapy and the needles are not inserted deep into the tissue. Acupuncture has been known to be extremely effective sciatica pain relief. The need to go to licensed practitioners becomes important since proper care needs to be taken to use only sterile and disposable needles.

Acupressure, attempts to unblock the same vital energy by applying consistent pressure by thumbs, fingers and elbows on specific touch points. The acupressure and acupuncture pressure points are identical and both therapies have produced encouraging results.

Chiropractic treatment is a system that involves physical manipulation of the spine with the aid of mild pressure or strong jerks. The basic principle behind chiropractic treatment is the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself. However, currently the ambit of this therapy is fairly limited.
The most important aspect of sciatica alternative remediesis to cure without side effects. All alternative treatments lay a lot of emphasis on prevention and cure. The encouraging factor in such treatments is that even non-sciatica patients can make use of these therapies and ensure that their risk of nerve compression is reduced considerably.

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