Sciatica, which can be confused with lumbago, although each has its special-condition is characterized by pain that exceeds the lower back and reaches the lower limbs.
It is what in medical terms, is called radiating back pain. When the pain spreads, and down the back or side of the thigh, from the lower back to the heel or foot, this would be what is known as sciatica.
Eucalyptus oil can be a good ally to combat sciatica disease that affects the spine, as it helps to reduce pain, one of its main manifestations. The oil, diluted and applied in the form of massage in the affected area, helps relieve pain caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve and is also a very effective remedy to reduce the pain and stiffness of joints affected by rheumatoid disease.
What is the recommended dosage? In both cases, five drops should be diluted in ten milliliters of carrier oil (sweet almond oil, olive oil, etc.).
Sciatica: Symptoms and Diagnosis
A pain, sometimes unexpected, in the leg, like a cramp. A pain that may hinder an act as simple as sitting down or standing up. It is usually the most common condition that makes an appearance of sciatica, which, in the case of women, it is a disorder associated with pregnancy, produced in this case by the back pain from the weight.
Sciatica usually caused by injury to the nerve roots from the lumbar spine or sensitivity take orders for the contraction of muscles in the lower limbs through the nerve sciatic. The sciatica is usually caused by a herniated disc (a portion of the intervertebral disc moves and protrudes, compressing the nerve which passes next to), producing a sharp pain in the rear area of the thigh and leg. Pain may be accompanied by a tingling and loss of leg strength.
By the characteristics of the pain and physical examination cannot be taken with an accurate diagnosis. If the pain persists for more than three weeks it is usually necessary to also perform an x-ray of the spine. When the pain does not go away despite drug treatment, or when you suspect that there may be some complication of nerves, you can perform MRI scan.
For the treatment of sciatica, as well as natural remedies, it is important to follow a few tips, as limited rest (no more than three days), physical therapy (exercises to help reduce pain, improve flexibility and strengthen muscles) and take the medicines prescribed by the doctor (anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants).