05 Oct Sciatica’s a real pain in the arse.
Posted at 17:06h in Blogs
WHAT IT IS & HOW TO GET RID OF IT!
The largest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve. It runs from the pelvis, through the buttocks, and down both legs. This nerve controls several lower leg muscles & supplies sensation to most of the lower leg.
The sciatic nerve goes unnoticed for many, that is until you suffer from sciatica, the name given to any sort of pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.
Roughly 90% of sciatica is a result of a herniated disk which occurs when a disk is pushed out of place, and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Common symptoms of include:
- Lower Back Pain
- Pain in the rear leg
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness and difficulty moving the leg or foot
- Shooting pains that make it difficult to stand up
It’s estimated that 40% of us will suffer from sciatica in our lifetime. Having suffered with it for over a year and spending thousands of pounds on chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and a weekly masseuse’s all in vain, I thought I’d share how I conquered sciatica.
Step 1: Stay away from painkillers. They aren’t a long-term solution and it’s easy to become dependent.
Step 2: Walk and concentrate on extending your stride. I found my stride was very restricted in the morning and I often limped. A quick walk will help you feel more comfortable throughout the day.
Step 3: Yoga and Stretch. You must take responsibility for your injury and set time aside to take care of yourself. I performed two variations of the piriformis stretch every night before bed and it worked wonders.
Here’s a more comprehensive list by www.spine-health.com/piriformis
Step 4: Foam Roll. By applying pressure to specific points you are able to release tension in uncomfortable areas. Find your spot and roll it on out. You may feel a bit silly at first but stick with it and you’ll thank us.
Step 5: Excess stomach weight puts the lower back under excess strain. Lose some to alleviate it!!!