Until today, scientific backup for the claim that “any alternative treatment for sciatica will help” is lacking. Gentle exercises, yoga, and hot and/or cold packs may help soothe the symptoms. Following are the alternative therapies that may fight against sciatica pain:
- The Chinese needle-based therapy called acupuncture can improve the sciatica-related symptoms. This was corroborated by a study conducted in 2009.
- For Sciatica, chiropractic care had given mixed results. But, chiropractic care may help improve the functionality of your spine, thus reducing sciatica pain.
- Massaging the affected areas around the lower part of the spine, pelvis, leg, and thighs can improve the symptoms based on studies conducted.
- Simple stretches like lifting the leg and placing the right ankle on the left knee and vice versa can help reduce and/or eliminate the swelling and inflammation of the nerve by stretching the piriformis muscle.