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Three top stretches for sciatica

Sciatica is a condition which can be alleviated to some degree by exercises which are intended to strengthen potentially weak muscles and stretch those which are tight. In this article we look at three stretches, which depending on the cause of an individual’s sciatica, could help to address symptoms. Now these stretches are for individuals…

Relieving sciatica pain in the office environment

Working full time in an office environment when you have sciatica pain is distracting, disruptive and an inconvenience. You may think that there is very little you can do to relieve your sciatica, but making simple changes to your daily working practices can make a huge difference. Below we share some simple ways in which…

Could chiropractic treatment give sciatic pain relief?

The pain from sciatica can be severe enough to significantly affect a wide range of everyday activities, as well as impacting on sleep, mobility and overall quality of life. Aside from the default treatment of painkillers and rest, there is often very little that conventional medicine can offer for sciatica pain relief. This is why…

Sciatica and pregnancy

It’s very common for women to experience aches and pains during pregnancy due to the extra strain put on the body, including sciatica. The increased weight of pregnancy can put pressure on the discs in between your vertebrae causing them to bulge, compressing nerve roots in the lower back leading to uncomfortable symptoms in the…

4 remedies you can try to relieve sciatica pain

Sciatica pain impacts upon your everyday activities and can lead to problems with your emotional and mental health. Sciatica pain is caused when pressure is placed upon the sciatic nerve, or when it becomes damaged. This is one of the longest nerves in the body, as it extends from the buttocks down to the feet.…

What is sciatica and what are the causes?

Back pain is a common ailment that’s responsible for a high level of work absences each year. Sciatica is sometimes a symptom of back pain that is relatively easy to identify. This short article explains a bit more about the causes of sciatica and how the symptoms arises. What does sciatica mean?  The bones in…

How yoga can help with sciatic pain

Staying active when you are suffering from sciatic pain can be difficult. However, exercise is important to keep muscles moving, joints lubricated and to stay positive during a flare up. Yoga is a great alternative to more vigorous exercise. This ancient form of exercise is known for its gentle movements as well as its ability…

Hydrotherapy for sciatica

As well as being painful, sciatica can be a debilitating symptom preventing you from enjoying day-to-day pleasures including exercise. You may be surprised to know that hydrotherapy (using water as a treatment), combined with other methods such as the sciatic pain relief cushion and medication prescribed by your doctor, can be an effective and enjoyable…

Top tips for gardening with sciatica

If you’re a keen gardener, you might be worried that your sciatica pain might prevent you from attending to your flowers and plants. The truth is, however, that you can still garden if you experience sciatica you just need to be mindful an operate within your limits. There are many things you can do to…

Coping with sciatica on long-haul flights

Sciatica pain can be difficult to cope with on a flight that just lasts an hour. On a flight that lasts twelve or more, it can be downright torture. Back pain of any kind is awful, but if you have a long-haul flight ahead of you there are some things you can do before and…

Sleeping with sciatica

Sciatica can be incredibly painful during the day but can be even worse at night, particularly if it stops you sleeping. Without good quality sleep, symptoms can be magnified and depression can start to sneak in. It may be difficult to fall asleep, or you may find yourself jolted awake by a sharp pain in…

Managing sciatic pain in cold weather

As the weather turns colder and the leaves start to fall, people with sciatica pain often feel their symptoms become worse and more difficult to manage. Although many studies have been done to ascertain links between increased pain and cold temperatures, most have been inconclusive. But there are many other associated factors which could be…

How to relieve sciatica pain when using public transport

Sciatica pain can be difficult to live with at the best of times. However, it can make long journeys a very difficult experience. If you are travelling in the car, then you have the option of pulling over when you need to take a break, but this option is removed if you are having to…

BackCare Awareness Week

Empowering people with back pain is at the heart of what we do. In our quick-fix society where pressure to perform often overrides recovery, getting the right advice and treatment for your condition is crucial. We’re proud to be corporate sponsors of BackCare, a charity dedicated to improving knowledge and resources for patients suffering from…

Anti inflammatory foods for sciatica pain

Sciatica pain can be debilitating and can impact upon every part of your life. Exercise can help to relieve sciatica pain by strengthening the back. However, exercise alone is not enough to eliminate sciatica pain. Usually, a change in diet, as advised by your GP or dietitian, can help you to be pain free. Anti…

Is sciatic pain permanent, or will it go away?

There are few things worse in the world than chronic back pain, if you’re currently suffering from sciatica or you have suffered in the past you’ll know how quickly it can take over your life and rob you of the ability to do even the most mundane day-to-day activities. Over time this can have a…

How pilates could provide sciatica pain relief

Many experts believe that in order to protect people who suffer from sciatica pain, it is key to ensure you don’t overexercise and cause further irritation. Although traditional pain relief such as applying ice or heat packs or even using painkillers can help relieve some of your symptoms in the short term, exercise in a…

3 ways to ease sciatic pain when driving

If you suffer from sciatica, there are some things you can do to reduce the pain while driving. The following advice will allow you to tackle even long distances with less discomfort. Here’s our top three tips for sciatica pain relief while driving. Buying the right car Before you even think about driving, the right…

How staying active can be key to fighting sciatica

A few years ago, bed rest could be a common piece of advice given to sciatica pain sufferers, with the thinking being that keeping activities to a minimum would be good for healing the sciatic nerve. In the modern day, however, the benefits of staying active look like outweighing the advantages of doing nothing –…

2 key tips to avoid sciatic pain when walking

Staying active is a proven benefit for those looking for sciatica pain relief, and one of the best forms of physical activity is walking. There are a couple of simple things to try that can help you get the most of walking to help relieve sciatica pain. Walking is a great technique, but remember to follow…

What is Sciatica? A brief guide

Sciatica is a pain in the lower half of the body, resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain is usually concentrated between the lower back and the back of the thigh, but can also extend to the back of the knee. Sufferers of Sciatica experience pain not only during movement, but also when…