Sciatica is the pain caused due to compression of a nerve in the lower back, that causes inflammation, pain, irritation and pinching. The reasons for sciatica are slip disc, hernia, etc. that cause pressure on the nerve root. It originates in the gluteal area and runs through hips, buttocks and down the leg ending just below the knee. In this condition the person may feel severe or mild pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve, weakens the muscles in legs, feels numbness in legs and unpleasant tingling sensation in leg, foot and toes.
‘Gridhrasi’ is the term for Sciatica in Ayurveda. It is considered as a Vata Vyadhi i.e. a neurological disorder that is characterized by stiffness, pain and pricking sensation initially at the hip and gradually moving towards waist, back, thigh, knee and calf region. This pain is associated with frequent pulsation. Gridharshi is the outcome of vitiation of Vata dosha and is of two types: Vataja and Vata Kaphaja.
Ayurvedic treatment for sciatica focuses on elimination of the root cause of the condition. The treatment involves combination of physical therapy that helps in reduction of pain and inflammation; intake of Ayurvedic herbs and medicines that help in balancing doshas and in sciatica condition; and rasayana therapy (rejuvenation therapy) to maintain natural strength and vitality of the body. Along with this, massage therapy is also given to people with sciatica that helps in improving blood circulation, relaxation of muscles and releasing hormones that act as pain relief. This line of treatment helps in reversing the condition of sciatica in a natural way.
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The treatment for sciatica comprises of three approaches:
Along with these therapies, dhanyamla dhara, abhyanga swedam, pathrapotali swednam, sarvangadhara, kadeevasthy, vasti, etc. are employed to relieve from the inflammatory changes and underlying causes of sciatica. A proper diet and exercise regimen is maintained to avoid the accumulation of toxins in the body. This line of treatment helps in reversing the sciatica condition effectively.
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Sciatica is the pain caused due to compression of a nerve in the lower back, that causes inflammation, pain, irritation and pinching. The reasons for sciatica are slip disc, hernia, etc. that cause pressure on the nerve root.
a. A herniated or slipped disk that causes pressure on a nerve root, is the main cause of sciatica.
b. Spinal Stenosis is abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal.
e. Trauma injury.
The self-care tips for sciatica are- Applying ice or hot packs, taking over-the-counter medicines, and performing gentle stretches.
Although it might not be possible to prevent all cases of sciatica, taking the following steps can help protect your back and reduce your risk: maintaining good posture, quitting smoking, maintaining healthy weight, choosing physical activities least likely to hurt your back.
There are 5 possible herbs to relieve sciatica pain. They are: Nirgundi, Guggulu, Ashwagandha, Pippali, and Jaiphal.
Sciatica is an imbalance of the Vata dosha and rebalancing will help manage the pain. Panchakarma is a detox treatment from the whole body that rebalances the vata in you and helps alleviate sciatica.
A common issue for pregnant women is sciatic nerve pain and is also called sciatica, or lumbar radiculopathy, it is described as a “radiating pain” that travels from the sciatic nerve, located in the lower spine, down the back of your thigh. The sciatic nerve is the largest in your body and the main nerve in the legs and sciatica occurs when the spine is compressed in some way. It pinches the sciatic nerve, causes inflammation, numbness and pain.
Sciatica can be acute or chronic. An acute episode may last between 1-2 weeks and usually resolves itself. It’s fairly common to experience some numbers for a while after the pain has subsided. Chronic sciatica can be a life-long condition.
In sciatica, the pain radiates from the lower back into the leg, whereas in back pain, discomfort remains in the lower back.