Sciatica is a condition of the largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve, which branches from the lower back through the hips and buttocks down through the legs. Sciatica occurs when narrowing of the spine, bone spurs or herniated disks cause compression of the nerve in the spinal area.
Symptoms include tingling, weakness, numbness & radiating pain starting in the lower back all the way to the toes depending how advanced the condition. More extreme cases include loss of bowel or bladder function. Sciatica usually occurs only on one side of the body along the path of the nerve.
Natural treatment & prevention include:
• Ice & heat
• Natural anti-inflammatories & supplements
• Physical therapy – stretching & strengthening of the area including yoga
• Proper body movement mechanics and sitting posture
• Licensed chiropractor