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Hello, my name is Doctor Hans Delfo, doctor of chiropractic, Los Angeles, California. I want to talk to you today a little bit about home remedies for sciatic nerve pain. Sciatic pain is a very common form of low back pain. It can be characterized by pain in the low back, buttocks, and may be accompanied by an electrical sensation running down the back of the leg. This can also be accompanied by weakness, nerve pain, and loss of nerve function and muscle function in the area. There are three main causes of sciatic pain. First and most severe is a disc herniation or disc bulge. Now, in the disc, between the bodies of the vertebra, there's a liquid center. It's called the nucleus propulsus. In these cases, the nucleus propulsus can protrude through the tougher end neural fibers surrounding the disc. This bulge or herniation can protrude out and put pressure on the nerves causing sciatic pain, causing muscle spasm, low back pain, and pain down the buttocks. Second condition is called piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle runs from the sacrum through the pelvis, and connects to the femur. In about ninety percent of the population, the sciatic nerver runs right through that piriformis muscle. If the piriformis muscle is weak, or spasming, it can put pressure on that sciatic nerve, giving you the symptoms of sciatic pain down the leg. The third most common cause of sciatic pain is a misalignment of the pelvis. Now, the pelvis is made up of three bones, the sacrum, the isium, and the illium. As you walk and move, they work in a figure eight configuration. In some instances, one side of the pelvis can get stuck. The other side can compensate and get stuck in the other direction. That hinders movement and can put pressure on the surrounding musculature, and cause low back pain and sciatic pain. If you're at home and have sciatic nerve pain, here's a few things you can do to help alleviate the pain. First, rest. A lot of sciatic nerve pain is aggravated by activity. If you rest, it allows the body to heal and allows the muscles to decrease the spasm, which will take some pressure off the nerve. Next, is ice therapy. Icing the low back or the buttocks can help reduce swelling around the nerve itself. A good rule of thumb for is 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Repeat this for 24 to 48 hours. Now, it's important that when you ice, when you do ice therapy, to not place the ice directly on the skin. This can actually cause more soft tissue damage. Next, is stretching. Stretching is really good to help reduce muscle spasm, and to relax the muscle to return to its normal state. Lastly, you strengthen the core. Simple core exercises can help strengthen, support, and relieve stress from the low back. My name is Doctor Hans Delfo, thank you for watching my video on home remedies for the treatment of sciatic nerve pain.