Natural and Herbal Remedies for Sciatica Table of Contents What is Sciatica? Some Causes of Sciatica Natural Healing for Sciatica Move Gently, Take Your Time Stretching The Alexander Technique McKenzie Exercises Muscle Relaxation Techniques Core Stability Exercises Yoga Herbal Remedies for Sciatica References What is Sciatica? Sciatica comes about when one of the five spinal nerve roots that create each sciatic nerve are compressed or irritated. It can also occur when either the right, left, or both sides of the sciatic nerves are compressed or irritated. Sciatica is sometimes also referred to as Lumbar Radiculopahy, which is a condition that results when the sciatic nerves are compressed because of a herniated disk in the lower back. Pain most often accompanies this, and it can be felt the most in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet. There can also be numbness, weakness of muscles, or a general ‘pins and needles’ or tingling sensation in the legs. Difficulties controlling or moving the legs can also occur. Symptoms are usually only present on one side of the body, but in serious cases they can strike both sides. Furthermore, prolonged exposure to severe cold weather can cause symptoms to be felt more. Sciatica itself is really just a set of symptoms, not the main problem or issue that is producing the pain on the nerve roots. Your treatment will depend on what symptoms and level of pain you’re experiencing. Some Causes of Sciatica Lumber nerves L3, L4, and L5, as well as sacral nerves S1, S2, and S3, are the most commonly affected nerves when it comes to your body and sciatica. Spinal Disc Herniation One of the most common reasons that people develop sciatica is because of spinal disc herniation, which is when one of the spinal discs is pressed against the sciatic nerve roots. These cartilage discs then bulge outward, causing a tear and extruding into the spinal canal. When these discs press up against the lamina or pedicle of one of the vertebra, sciatica occurs, as well as a lot of pain. The liquid that then leaks from the center of the discs may cause inflammation, swelling, and a great deal of pain. Another way that sciatica can form is through tumors that form and press up against the spinal cord or the nerve routes. Spinal tumors can produce: agonizing back pain that extends from the hips to the feet; problems controlling your bladder or bowl movements; weakness of the muscles. Severe trauma, such as that found after a car accident, can also be a cause of sciatica caused by a herniated disc.