Sciatica is a painful condition that affects the lower back and hip and often radiates down through the legs and into the toes. Many people who struggle with sciatic pain are plagued by the discomfort, unable to function at a high level or enjoy a high quality of life. Sciatica is essentially an irritation of the sciatica nerve, the largest nerve in the human body. Sensations can range from mild throbbing and achiness to severe burning, numbness, and tingling down one or both legs. When people struggle with chronic sciatic pain, it’s inevitable that they will sooner or later ask the question, ‘Is there a cure for sciatica?’
The vast majority of time, sciatica will gradually fade away until the symptoms become tolerable or unnoticeable. In some cases, the pain will come and go for years. In mild cases, rest is likely to lead to a cure, as sciatica often develops from excessive strain on the lumbar region due to high impact exercise. Stress, ergonomics, and diet can also play a considerable role. When sciatic pain flares up, the body is trying to relay a message that more rest and balance is in order. If you heed this suggestion, the pain will often diminish. Often times, sciatica persists because the person is not listening to their body and they end up pushing themselves too hard without enough rest.
If you want a permanent cure for sciatica, you’ll likely need to experiment with a few treatment options to see what works the best. As far as sciatica remedies go, there is no one cure that works 100% of the time for every individual. Usually a combination of approaches will yield the best result. Here’s a list of the approaches I recommend you implement:
- Daily stretching
- Whole foods nutrition
- Stress reduction techniques such as meditation
- cortisone shots
- anti-inflammatory medications
You’ll notice that I offered the more natural treatment options first, as it’s wise to use alternative therapies first because they have no side effects and should enhance your overall level of wellness. Western medications and procedures can often be effective in reducing one’s symptoms, but the relief tends to be quite temporary and many side effects can easily ensue following the use of pain medications, muscle relaxants, and cortisone shots.
Sciatica can be quite stubborn to treatment, but it really depends on how much you are able to listen to your body and ‘get the lesson’ it’s trying to share with you through the uncomfortable symptoms it’s generating. Trying to push away or destroy your pain likely won’t lead to a long-term cure. Remember the term, ‘what you resist persists.’ If you fight against the pain by judging it or trying to wish it away, it will only get worse.
If you can stop fighting against the pain and use alterative therapies as a way to expedite the healing process, that’s probably about as close to a sciatica cure as you can come by. Pain never shows up randomly. There’s always an underlying cause. The first step toward cure is to acknowledge why the pain showed up in the first place. Are you taking the steps to remove that stressor or irritant? If not, then you’ll likely rely on pain meds that keep the pain suppressed. This is a perfectly legitimate way to treat sciatica, but don’t convince yourself that it’s a cure just because the pain temporarily subsides.
By using a combination of alternative therapies, self-inquiry, and –if necessary– Western medical intervention, you should find a solution to the pain you’re experiencing.