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Sciatica pain relief naturally with alternative therapies


Whatever the nature of your sciatica, whether it is chronic, acute, or episodic- your first concern is likely to want relief from the pain as it can be unbearable at times. Mainstream sciatic nerve treatment focuses mainly on drug induced pain relief, epidural steroid injections or surgery.

The advancement in information gathering tools has made people more aware of the dangers of the side effects of conventional treatments. This has resulted in an unprecedented increase in the popularity of sciatica alternative remedies, like yoga, acupressure, acupuncture and biofeedback along with preventive measures to avoid risks of sciatica.

Yoga is the ancient Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility that is achieved through the three paths of actions, knowledge and devotion. It is a system of exercise practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind. Yoga is often misunderstood as only a workout regime. Yoga is in fact what the name suggests – balancing mind and body. Specific yogic exercises, especially in cases where sciatica is piriformis syndrome induced, stretch and loosen the piriformis muscle thus releasing the pressure that it is putting on the sciatic nerveSciatica patients should, however, specifically mention their condition to the instructor because some exercises, like forward folds and twisting are not recommended for sciatica patients.

Acupuncture and acupressure have gained immense popularity in the United States as well as all over Europe. Originated in China, these ancient therapies are based on unblocking the flow of Qi or Chi, (pronounced a ‘chee’) which is the vital energy force of the human body that continuously circulates through Meridians. Acupuncture attempts to restore the healthy flow of Qi throughout the body by inserting fine needles at the precise points called Meridians. Meridians are close to the skin surface and the needles are not inserted deep into the tissue. Sterilized and disposable needles are used which may have to be heated, twirled, or stimulated by some other means during an acupuncture treatment. It is a painless therapy which gives an immense amount of relief and relaxation and should only be done by a licensed practitioner.

Acupressure, on the other hand, attempts to unblock Qi with the aid of consistent pressure applied by thumbs, fingers, and elbows. The acupressure and acupuncture pressure points, meridians, are identical. It is a non-invasive and gentle therapy that has produced encouraging results.

Howsoever far fetched that it may sound, biofeedback, a system of self suggestion by which the patient “thinks his pain away” has produced some very positive results in many patients of sciatica. A controversial system as it has not been researched sufficiently for full accreditation includes a special equipment to measure and send information to the patients’ body based on his/her physiological reactions to stimuli such as stress and muscle tension.

The most important aspect of sciatica alternative remedies is to cure without side effects with as much emphasis on prevention as on cure. Prevention is always better than cure. The encouraging factor in such treatments is that even non-sciatica patients can make use of these therapies to reduce the risk of compression of the sciatic nerve, the main culprit behind sciatica.

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