Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve – which is the largest nerve in the body – is irritated. The pain associated most with this usually stems from the lower back to behind the thigh, sometimes radiating as far down as the knee.

 

 

Symptoms of Sciatica

The most common symptom is the sensation of burning, tingling, or a shooting pain from the buttocks and down the back of one leg – sometimes to the foot. This is usually worse when:

  • Sitting
  • Standing up
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Straining

Treatments for Sciatica

  • Hot/Cold therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises at home
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Muscle stimulation
  • Active Release Technqiues
  • Massage Therapy
  • Active Isolated Stretching
  • Chiropractic Care

It should be noted that prolonged best rest is NOT adviced, as this may further weaken your muscles and slow the healing process. Instead, it is generally suggested that you stay active in ways that do not further promote discomfort or pain.

Preventing Recurring Bouts of Sciatica

  • Practice good posture, as this can help reduce the pressure on your spine
  • Sleep on a firm mattress to further support your spine
  • Strengthen abdominal muscles and your overall core: this will help greatly with your posture, offer more support for your spine, and protect your back
  • When lifting heavy objects, hold the object close to your back and use your legs to lift while maintaining a straight back
  • If you’re pregnant, consider pre-natal massage therapy to help manage sciatica nerve pain