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Applications for sciatic pain with the help of naturopathy and osteopathy

Applications for sciatic pain with the help of naturopathy and osteopathy

Naturopathy: help with sciatica pain

Sciatica pain occurs when pain typically radiates from the buttocks to the rear thigh and calves (behind or on the outside) mostly on one side up to the ankle area. In addition to the conventional causes, numerous causes can be considered from the perspective of naturopathy. Usually there is no malignant disease behind the complaints, so that with classic naturopathic treatments, e.g. according to Sebastian Kneipp or Hildegard von Bingen, or manual forms of therapy such as the fascia distortion model (FDM), Rolfing or osteopathy, relief or remedy. It is advantageous that some of the applications can also be carried out at home.

Applications and tips for sciatic pain:
Sciatic pain is nerve pain
Natural medicine for pain relief
Medicinal hay flower bath according to Pastor Kneipp
Tips from Hildegard medicine
Recurrent sciatic pain
Manual forms of therapy
For further reading

Sciatic pain is nerve pain

Sciatica pain is nerve pain Sciatica pain is actually supposed to be nerve pain (neuralgia), in which severe pain from the cross, hips and buttocks along the back of the thigh, which radiate through the calf muscle to the ankle. On this line of pain, the course of the sciatic nerve Sciatic nerve follows, there are extremely painful points at regular intervals, especially in the area of ​​the buttocks, the back of the thigh, the fold of the buttocks, the back of the knee, the back of the calf and the outer ankle. When lying on the pain-free side, the symptoms temporarily lessen, while lying on your back relieves the strain on the affected leg. The classic test for sciatica irritation, the so-called Lasegue test, with a raised leg, is now rarely used because it is very controversial. As a reaction to the pain, a gentle posture is often taken by only minimally stressing and bending the affected leg. If the muscles recede in the event of persistent complaints or if the Achilles tendon reflex is absent, neuritis can also be involved.

Natural medicine for pain relief

Whether the irritation in the course of the sciatic nerve was caused by pressure, overexertion, muscle tension or cooling, the pain is always the focus of the complaints. If tumor growths and herniated discs are excluded, the aim is for the person concerned to experience noticeable pain relief. If you want to do without painkillers, you can find proven measures for self-application in the writings of the "old healers", for example the hay flower bath according to Kneipp or the herbal compress of St. Hildegard.

Medicinal hay flower bath according to Pastor Kneipp

Except in the acute attack, where there is overheating due to the inflammatory process, warming treatments (similar to other forms of back pain) are usually also perceived as pain-relieving and beneficial for sciatica. For sciatica complaints and lumbago, a medical, warm full bath is best suited, which should not exceed 20 minutes at a water temperature of 35–37 ° C.

The means of choice as an additive for warming applications are hay flowers. Hay flowers have a detoxifying effect by stimulating the metabolism and have a regulating influence on the nervous system. Therefore, they are well suited for the treatment of sciatic pain with or without inflammatory involvement of the nerves (neuritis). In addition, the blood circulation is stimulated, so that the entire organism benefits from the effects and the immune system is strengthened. Before use, however, you should check as a precaution whether there is an allergy to hay flowers (hay fever) in order to avoid excessive reactions.

Today there are user-friendly extracts and bath additives available in health food stores and pharmacies. If you prefer a bath additive from your own production, put a kilo of fresh hay flowers filled in a linen bag in two liters of cold water and let them boil for 20 minutes. The decoction is simply added to the bathing water.

Tips from Hildegard medicine

Hildegard von Bingen, one of the great women in naturopathy, recommended a warm parsley-rue-olive oil pack for sciatica, which should alleviate the pain within 24 hours. A pack or compress is a damp pad that is wrapped with a cloth for attachment. Warm or hot compresses are particularly good for relieving pain.

To make the pack, 10g fresh parsley leaves and 40g vine leaves are chopped into 100 ml olive oil and placed warm with a gauze bandage or tied where they should remain for one to two hours. It is known from Hildegard healing stone science that a jasper disc, which is attached to the sciatic root over three days and nights (nowadays with leucoplast), should also soothe nerve pain.

Recurrent sciatic pain

With recurring complaints of the sciatic nerve, it is advisable to seek professional help in a naturopathic practice. Sciatica can be caused by interference from latent foci of inflammation (from dead teeth, smoldering sinus infections, tonsils), which we should find to be suppressed. According to the Far Eastern model, e.g. In traditional Chinese medicine, sciatica has a strong connection to the bladder meridian, sometimes also that of the gallbladder. Accordingly, strengthening medicinal herbs are prescribed or acupuncture points are treated. If persistent constipation is the cause, then nutrition and lifestyle should be examined and changed. In the case of strong muscle tension, relaxation procedures or psychotherapy can help.

Manual forms of therapy

Affected people often indicate a point in the buttocks from which the pain radiates down the leg. In body language after FDM this is seen as a piece of tissue that has passed through the muscle layers and has to be pushed back again. Recent anatomical representations in the Prometheus Anatomy atlases seem to feed this theory. Pulling down on the leg is seen as twisting of the connective tissue, which is carried out with the thumb technique and thus brought back into the physiological form. Recent representations by the Italian anatomist Carla Stecco, according to which the outer layer of the vessels (adventitia) merges into the outer layers (fascia) of the muscles, could also give this theory a boost and explain some of the spectacular treatment successes of this concept, even in the case of a diagnosed herniated disc. (Dipl.Päd. Jeanette Viñals Stein, naturopath and Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy)

For further reading

Literature:
The manual of naturopathy, Kindler Verlag GmbH 1975
Strehlow, W .: Hildegard Heilkunde von A-Z, Weltbild 20016351a2cc0b08c03

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Video: Sciatica Leg Pain Finds Relief with Gonstead Chiropractic (October 2020).