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SCIATICA

WHAT IS SCIATICA?

Sciatica is a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide and is a type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve in your lower back. Sciatica is most common in people between the ages of 30 and 50, although it can affect people at any age.

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SCIATICA?

Sciatica symptoms cause agonising pain, tingling, and numbness in your legs. It can be an excruciating and debilitating experience for those living with it. People with sciatica often experience difficulty walking, sitting, or sleeping – which can have a major impact on their daily life.

 

WHAT CAUSES SCIATICA?

Sciatica is more common in men than women due to lifestyle differences. Men are more likely to have physically demanding or hazardous jobs that involve a lot of heavy lifting and prolonged sitting, which can put additional stress on the sciatic nerve and aggravate existing pain.

Poor posture may also contribute to higher rates of sciatica in men than women.

Other potential causes may include obesity, pregnancy, trauma from an injury such as a fall, herniated discs, or certain medical conditions like arthritis or diabetes.

 

SCIATICA TREATMENT OPTIONS

While you might have been told by doctors to rest and take painkillers to help with sciatica symptoms, in most cases, this doesn’t work. This means sciatica pain keeps coming back, and as the root cause of the issue isn’t addressed, it gets worse and worse!

This leads people with sciatica to live with a fear that their sciatica could affect their ability to work, look after their family, remain independent in later life, and lead to risky back surgery.

Fortunately, there are many treatment options available that can help alleviate the symptoms of sciatica and even reverse the condition without the need for painkillers, injections or surgery.

My patients have seen full recovery from sciatica pain, and long-term relief through physiotherapy, hot and cold therapy, stretching exercises, spinal manipulation, and acupuncture.

Depending on the severity of your sciatica, one or more of these methods may be the missing key to drug-free sciatica pain relief.

 

SCIATICA EXERCISES AND STRETCHES

When it comes to sciatica pain relief, the right exercises and stretches can make a world of difference. Strengthening the core muscles with exercises like planks and back extensions, as well as stretching out the hamstrings, can help ease sciatica pain. Gentle yoga poses like child’s pose, warrior I and II, cat/cow, and down dog can also help to reduce inflammation and tightness.

The problem with stretches and exercises is that most people either do them incorrectly or aren’t doing the right stretches and exercises for their specific sciatica problems. This is why you’ve not noticed an improvement in sciatica pain when you’ve done exercise given to you by the NHS physios, or you’ve found on YouTube.

 

HOW SCIATICA AFFECTS PEOPLE

It can be difficult for people living with sciatica to stay active and do the activities they love, which is why it’s important to find ways to manage pain and maintain a high quality of life. With the right treatment plan and access to effective sciatica pain relief methods, people can continue to do the activities they enjoy and live a life free of pain.

If you are living with sciatica and feel let down by doctors and feeling hopeless because things are only getting worse, my team is here to help. To get natural pain relief from sciatica, and discover how to stop sciatica from coming back, arrange a free discovery visit where you can visit one of my back pain clinics, and speak to a back pain specialist.

 

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