Gemma’s Top Three Tips for Dealing with Sciatica at Home
November 28th, 2018 94 post views
Top Tips for Sciatica
One of the most common questions I get asked at the chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne is: “What can I do at home to help my Sciatica?”
If you have suffered with sciatica in the past, you will know how painful and debilitating it is to everyday life. It is really important, and quite reassuring, that people who come in to see me with sciatica are willing to try and help themselves at home alongside their chiropractic treatment.
I have written this chiropractic blog to help answer some of the questions that people commonly ask me as well as trying to help anyone who is experiencing sciatica relieve some of their discomfort at home.
First of all, I will explain what sciatica is!
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is the name given to any type of pain or symptom occurring along part of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body and runs from the back, through the buttocks and down to the feet on both sides.
Irritation to the sciatic nerve is what causes sciatica and the symptoms associated with it. This is usually caused by a nerve compression somewhere along its path.
The symptoms caused by irritation to the sciatic nerve may include: pain, numbness, tingling or a loss of sensation in the legs or feet. You may feel one or more than one of these symptoms. It is always best to tell your chiropractor of any concerns you may have in order to get to the root of the problem.
For more information on sciatica and how chiropractic care can help, please follow the link here to my blog.
Number 1: ICE
You’ve probably heard at least one of us at the clinic say that ice is good for when you are in pain. Well that’s because it is true!
There are many reasons why ice is effective: it reduces inflammation, it helps numb the pain, it helps to regulate the healing process and it helps to reduce swelling.
You can purchase re-usable chiropractic cold packs that can mould well to the area you want to cover or simply use some ice from the freezer in a bag.
The rules for using your chiropractic cold pack or ice are: wrap it up to prevent ice burns, have it on the area for 10 MINUTES ON 20 MINUTES OFF (so 30-minute cycles).
Number 2: STRETCH
Stretches and exercises can be a really effective way to help improve mobility and to help reduce the level of pain you are experiencing.
The most common exercises we tend to give people for sciatica are what are known as the McKenzie exercises from The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. These are a series of stretching movements that are specifically designed to help people with their pain.
The specific exercise you need to do will be given to you by your chiropractor.
Number 3: POSTURE
Often with sciatica which originates from the spine, sitting is more painful that standing due to the pressure on the nerves. Finding a comfortable sitting posture can be hard, using a specific cushion can help.
The research suggests that the best sitting posture is where the spine’s natural curves are preserved with the least amount of discomfort/muscle activation.
We recommend trying out the McKenzie roll cushions. The roll should be placed around the small of you back, where the lumbar curve begins. This will ensure that you do not slouch when sitting and will maintain the curves of the spine, the trick to keeping a good posture.
We stock the McKenzie rolls at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne and they are also available online where you can find more information here.
Search for ‘sciatica’ on our blog web site backblog for more information.
Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne is a well-known local clinic and most people who see us are recommended by someone else at the clinic.
If you would like to learn more about the clinic or about how chiropractic care could help you, please click here or call us at 01323 722499.
Yours in Health,