Tackling Sciatica

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a common problem in today’s society. Sciatica is the term given when the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed within the lumbar spine or occasionally the piriformis muscle (which is in the bum). Common conditions that can cause Sciatica include a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease’s, lumbar spinal stenosis and muscle tightness.

 

Symptoms associated with sciatica

The most common symptom is shooting pains that radiate along the sciatic nerve which are typically felt in the glutes, down the back of the leg and in to the foot.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Weakness in legs
  • Loss of sensations (numbness)
  • Muscle tightness
  • Pins and needles
  • Tingling sensations
  • Lower back pain
  • Incontinence (may need surgery)
  • Symptoms are typically in only one leg but in more severe cases can be both
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Preventing Sciatica

 

  • Ensure you have good lifting technique (lifting with your legs and not your back)
  • Exercise regularly
  • Stretch regularly (before and after exercise, before bed and when you wake up)
  • Try not to sit or stand for long periods of time without moving
  • Have a firm mattress that supports your weight (your spine should be straight)

Stretches to help prevent sciatica

Lumbar Rotation

Lumbar Rotation

Glute stretch

Glute stretch

Piriformis stretch

Piriformis stretch

Perform each of these 8 times on each side, holding the stretch for 10 seconds. Repeat as many times as possible during throughout the day.

 

Treating Sciatica

If you are already experiencing symptoms of sciatica, you will be pleased to know that it is treatable and can be fixed relatively quickly with the correct course of treatment. I would recommend booking in for Sports Therapy or Physiotherapy treatment which would typically involve mobilisation of the spine, stretching, massage and a stretching/strengthening routine.


George is offering 10% discount through November for anyone suffering with Sciatica.