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Is Sciatica the same as Cauda Equina?

Anyone who has experienced sciatica will be very familiar with the pain that can be experienced down the leg. Sometimes people report pain down both legs. This can happen on occasions but usually the pain alternates from one side to the other. Pain down both legs at the same time is ‘red flag’ and is…

Heat or Cold for Sciatica?

Why are people sometimes advised to use ice or a heat pack to help with sciatica pain symptoms? Anyone who has had sciatica knows just how painful it can be so are not usually inclined to ask why, they just want help. At the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion we believe being informed on helpful things…

Holidays and Sciatica

Summer is here and the holiday season is upon us. Many of us will be going on a well-deserved break for some rest and relaxation. Just before or when on holiday is probably one of the most inconvenient times to get an attack or flare up of sciatica. One of the most common calls we…

Choosing a cushion for sciatica

In a previous blog we discussed the merits of how a cushion could help to relieve sciatic pain while sitting. In our experience a cushion can be really helpful but not all cushions that say they can help with sciatica while sitting are the same. The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion was designed specifically to help…

Can A Sciatica Cushion Really Help?

Anybody who has experienced severe sciatica pain symptoms will tell you that it is one of the worst pains they have ever had. At its most acute nothing seems to be able to alleviate the pain. So if the sciatic pain is so bad can a cushion really help? Well for many people the answer…

3 tips for exercising with sciatica

If you’re a keen athlete, then an attack of sciatica may bring more than just physical pain – it can also leave you feeling despondent and unable to do the thing you love. However, the condition doesn’t have to leave you flat on your back. With a little care, you can still stay active while…

3 massage techniques to help relieve sciatica pain

Many people suffer from sciatica. It can be identified by pain, numbness or tingling which goes down the leg from the lower back. It’s quite common for individuals to suffer from sciatica on only one side of the body although some are affected on both sides. Common causes of sciatica can include trauma such as…

Four DIY sciatica treatments

Sciatica can have different causes for different people, and the same can be said of sciatica nerve treatment – one type won’t necessarily work for everyone. So it is a positive thing that there are a number of treatments and lifestyle choices which sciatica pain sufferers can try, in order to see what works for…

How your habits could be making sciatica pain much worse and how to banish them

Around 4 in 10 adults will suffer from sciatic pain in their lifetime – a simple enough stat which masks the misery felt by millions when enduring a bout of sciatica. Understanding sciatica pain Sciatic pain can range from infrequent and incapacitating to constant and infuriating. Symptoms can be potentially debilitating and can affect any…

7 Top Tips for travelling with Sciatica

There is never a good to time to be afflicted with sciatica, but it can be the most inconvenient time when you have a holiday or a long trip planned. Sitting can exacerbate sciatica and we have spoken to many individuals dreading a long drive or long flight. Some have even considered cancelling their trip,…

Pain – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Anyone who has ever had sciatica knows just how painful it can be. Sciatica is one of the most painful symptoms where musculoskeletal conditions are concerned but sadly many other conditions can cause considerable pain. I have found that, once patients understand the nature of the pain they are experiencing, the better placed they are…

Gardeners and Sciatica

With spring in the air I was asked if I had any tips for gardeners if sciatica can sometimes get in the way. There is a tendency for us to get a little carried away once we have got the bit between our teeth and we then wake up the next day with aches and…

Recovering from Sciatica

Quite often, after treating a patient for back pain, I will be asked either “Can I still do ………?” or “What can I do to improve my back? My answers vary depending on the nature of the back injury, the severity and acuteness, the activity they want to pursue, and the status of their recovery.…

Seven top tips to head off an attack of sciatic pain

Unfortunately if you have an attack of sciatica the odds of a repeat episode some time down the line is relatively high. As with all things there are degrees of severity of an attack so the question is; “Are there any warning signs for an impending sciatica attack and if I get them what can…

TalkBack article on the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion

We were recently featured in TALKBACK the national publication produced by back care charity called BackCare. For nearly 50 years BackCare has been dedicated to educating the public throughout the UK and wider afield in ways of preventing and alleviating back pain.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Both my wife and I experience sciatic pain, but we didn’t let this put us off the trip of a lifetime. I am lucky enough to have a sister who lives in Vancouver and her daughter, my niece, who lives with her husband and two boys in Calgary. So last year we decided to treat…

Here's to your health in 2018

When we have all finished celebrating, most of us will review our expanding waste lines and make our new year’s resolutions. Some of us will decide to exercise more and to show our determination by joining the local gym. We will sign up for a membership, paying a monthly membership fee which by April is…

Get up, get out, and stretch those legs!

This was regular advice (orders) I used to get from my mother when as a teenager I was lounging about during the Christmas holidays, and to be honest it was good advice that I am passing onto you. As most of you already know sitting for too long is one worst things for aggravating sciatica.…

What’s it like to experience Sciatica?

I was recently asked to describe what it is like to experience sciatic pain. At first, I thought it is a little bit like asking ‘How long is a piece of string?’ But in fairness, for someone who has never had to endure sciatic pain or thinks they might be starting with sciatic pain, it…

The Long Tail of Sciatica

For those of you that have experienced sciatica pain I am sure you would agree that the first time is the worst time. Not because any subsequent flare-ups are less painful, but more because the shock to the system of excruciating pain is enough to take even the most hardy of us by surprise. The…

Getting Out and About with Sciatica

When I started to write about my experience of coping with sciatic pain, I thought I would take you, the reader, through the day, and as you may recall I changed my mind and started with ‘Going to bed’. I am glad I did because I have recently had great feedback about it, especially my…