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What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is a long nerve that runs from your lower back to your legs. Sciatica is usually referred to when something irritates the sciatic nerve.

Just like a kink in the telephone cable disrupts the smooth transition of signals, pressure on the sciatic nerve disrupts the flow of nerve signals. This can cause pain, tingling or numbness from the lower back down to the leg.

Home treatment for sciatica

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Sciatica can be an incredibly frustrating and exhausting challenge. From the sharp, shooting pain to the tingling sensations, sciatica limits your mobility and leaves you feeling trapped in discomfort.

To make matters worse, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), epidural steroid injections or surgery are often the only forms of treatment for sciatica in hospitals. All of these methods can have severe side-effects, and should only be considered as a last resort. Let's look at some home remedies for sciatica first, shall we?

Here are the most common home treatments for sciatic pain:

1. Cold and hot therapy: Ice packs are one way many people choose to reduce inflammation and numb the pain. Put ice packs on the affected area multiple times a day, 20 minutes at a time. After a few days, switch to heat packs or warm baths to relax the muscle and increase blood flow.

2. Exercise and stretching: Exercises that strengthen the core muscles and improve flexibility such as the hamstring stretch, reclining pigeon pose or the knee-to-chest stretch can help relieve sciatic pain. However, refrain from high levels of intensity, to prevent the pain from getting worse.

3. Herbal remedies: Turmeric, ginger and devil's claw are some of the herbs that have anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in reducing sciatic pain. An anti-inflammatory diet however is rather ineffective in short-term relief, and more helpful for long-term prevention.

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Sciatica relief at home

The great news is, just recently a new form of treatment for sciatica emerged and it has experienced a massive hype in the last 6  months!

Red light therapy has been used in beauty clinics for many years already. By sending energy-dense red light photons to our cells to provide cellular energy, skin cells are able to heal and grow faster. To learn more about how red light therapy works, read our blog "What is red light therapy?"

With it's dual spectrum technology, The Cura ProWave Deep Healing Pad™ has achieved a milestone in red light therapy by making this cellular energy available to cells up to 2'' deep. This allows our cells to speed up natural healing processes beyond the skin, and the technology can now be used for pain relief, reducing inflammation, faster regeneration & more. 

More than 30,000 Americans have already used this breakthrough deep healing technology in the last 6 months to relieve their pain. This innovation is currently the best, non-invasive form to treat sciatica at home. Want to learn more?

Scientific review of red light therapy for sciatica

"Compared to the control group, significant variations in regeneration were observed, including thicker nerve fibers, and more regular myelin layers in the treated group." National Library of Medicine, 2011

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