Sciatica Relief

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Sciatica is the name for a type of back pain that runs along the sciatic nerve. This nerve runs from the lower back down the back of each leg and can cause shooting pains in the legs and lower back when pinched. Usually, sciatica is caused by a herniated disk that puts pressure on the nerve.

Symptoms of sciatica are pains in the back of the leg that are worse when sitting down, a constant pain on one side of the rear and burning or tingling in the legs. Sciatica pains can range from infrequent and slightly painful, to almost constant and debilitating. People with very slight symptoms of sciatica should be aware that without treatment, their sciatica could become a lot worse.

Relieving Sciatica

Yoga has proven to be very good at easing sciatic pain for a lot of people. The gentle and prolonged stretching strengthens the back and legs and helps ease the tension on the sciatic nerve. Practicing yoga regularly should be done carefully, though, so that you don't further aggravate your condition. Learn yoga positions from an instructor before you try them on your own.

For pain relief, there are a great number of creams that can soothe an aching back and aching legs. Emu oil has a soothing, tingling and warming effect. Eucalyptus oil eases pain and has a tingling effect on aching body parts. When combined with massage, these creams will work wonders on aches and pains.


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