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Nerve Pain Conditions, Especially Sciatica – We Can Help

Pain in the body that comes and goes on its own or sometimes seems to linger always. Pain that refuses to go away completely no matter what you do. Pain that seems to get severe and unrelenting with time. The most likely cause is nerve pain, also called neuralgia or neuropathic pain.

This can manifest in different ways – some experience sharp and shooting electric jolts of pain, some have burning or stabbing sensation while some have numbness or tingling sensations in the body. And what happens if you leave it unattended? The mild aches can start become excruciating and even turn into chronic pain; at times, leading to a serious disability.

Pain in the nerves can be attributed to varied health conditions that affect the nerves that carry sensation to the brain. It can be due to injury to the nerves, spine or brain; a nerve being pinched by nearby bones or ligaments, poor blood supply to the nerves, vitamin deficiency or even diabetes, shingles, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cancer treatment, etc.

Nerve pain can take the form of fibromyalgia where chronic pain manifests in different parts of the body or sciatica where the pain radiates from the lower back, through the hips and runs down the leg. The latter is caused due to a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine leading to irritation, inflammation or compression in the sciatic nerve in the buttock area.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Identifying a malfunctioning nervous system is tricky – the doctor will ask detailed questions like where the pain is located, when do you experience the pain, what it feels like and if anything specific seems to trigger the pain – along with a physical examination and some tests.

The first line of treatment is usually painkillers. However, this is a temporary solution that will only subdue the pain for some time. Neuropathic pain cannot be cured by standard pain treatments; it will most likely tend to get worse over time. Treating any underlying health condition is essential for managing the pain and preventing further nerve damage.

Ayurvedic Treatments for Nerve Pain, Especially Sciatica

The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda upholds that nerve disorders result from an imbalance in the vata dosha which impacts the brain, spine and central nervous system. Swaantana provides a holistic approach for tackling the root cause by correcting the dosha and restoring good health. The treatment strategies involve external application of warm herbal medicated oils over the affected parts of the body and will take different forms, like:  

  • Pichu – Padding or sponging with cotton pad dipped in Ayurvedic oils
  • Pizhichil – Squeezing oil on the body from a cloth and massaging with the same
  • Kati Vasthi – Pooling oil on the back for a specific time followed by gentle massage
  • Patra Potli Swedam – Medicated potli dipped in heated oils is applied on the body to induce sweating

Frequently Asked Questions

A combination of multiple therapies like medicated massages, acupuncture, yoga, relaxation techniques, biofeedback and psychological counselling to gain control over the pain can provide effective relief from nerve disorders. However, complete cure will depend on the specific condition of the patient. Keep in mind that some nerve pains cannot be reversed.

The practice of yoga can not only provide relief from sciatica and other nerve pains by healing pinched nerves and other disorders, certain asanas can also help maintain a healthy balance in the body to keep nerve disorders at bay. Maintaining proper posture, following sound body mechanics and exercising regularly is also important.

Get in touch with us to discover more about how Swaantana can restore your health and well-being.

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