If you have ever experienced Sciatica you know what a pain it can be, both literally and physically.
The pain and discomfort though are just the symptoms of an underlying problem. Sciatica is really the irritation and inflammation of the large nerve that runs in your lower back (sacrum) into your leg. You have one on each side of your body.
When, some how, this large nerve gets irritated or pinched you can have anywhere from a little “twinge”, all the way to pain so severe it will stop you in your tracks for several days.
One common cause for men especially is sitting on their wallet. Those beautiful pieces of folded leather have taken more than one man to their knees. For women, you may have sat crooked or funny on a chair, not even realizing you are giving yourself a pain in the back.
More serious causes would be disc or lower back vertebrae involvement. If you are unsure what is causing your Sciatica, see your physician.
Sciatica always seems to get worse in the evening. At least I think so. Especially when you are trying to fall asleep.
Things that may help when you are being bothered is to put alternating cold and hot packs on the area. Start with just cold packs. Hold in place over the sore area for no more than 20 minutes. Repeat this every 2 hours. The cold will help to reduce swelling and give relieve from the pain too. But do not leave cold/ice packs directly on this area for more 20 minutes at a time, you could risk freezing your skin and more than 20 minutes actually does no good.
For some people after the first day, it might feel good to alternate with heat. Again, no more than 20 minutes at a time and continue to alternate every couple hours with ice.
Also if you have someone that can give you a good but light back rub in this area and down into your affected leg will not only feel good but can help relax the tense muscles you may develop because of the discomfort.
Essential Oils that are good and that help to penetrate the tense and Sore Muscles are Juniper and Black Pepper. Others include Lavender, Eucalyptus Globulus, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pine needle, Rosemary, Peppermint, Thyme and Oregano. Several of these may also help to relieve inflammation of the nerve involved.
This blend may feel very good and give you the relief you need.
- Peppermint – 10 drops
- Rosemary – 10 drops
- Lavender – 5 drops
- Helichrysum – 5 drops
- Sunflower oil – 1 ounce
Blend all together in a bottle. Shake well. Then use for massage.
Hope these suggestions help. We have used the above methods when our Sciatic Nerve has been inflammed. If you start early with the ice/cold packs you will have conquered half the battle. Keep the inflammation down and you will feel better quickly.