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The Fear of Back Pain and Sciatica

The fear of back pain and sciatica can sometimes be as debilitating as the pain itself. Those of you who read my previous blog ‘Pain! The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly’ will recall how I described the three types of pain. In summary:- Good pain is the pain we feel from physical exertion that…

3 Ways to Overcome Sciatica Pain While Standing

This was a question I was asked recently by one of my patients who was suffering with sciatica pain while standing after a short period of time, as opposed to most sufferers who get sciatic pain after being seated for a period of time. It turned out that they worked at a local supermarket and…

Keep Sciatica After Gardening at Bay

It is that time of year when all you keen gardeners are full of the winter blues and chomping at the bit to get out there and start tidying up the garden. Even more so now the garden is the only contact with the outside world for many of us. As you have probably guessed,…

Sciatica and Coughing

It may seem strange to have sciatica and coughing linked together but anyone who has ever had sciatica and a cough at the same time knows that this can be a terrible combination. Indeed, some people have reported the onset of back pain and the subsequent onset of sciatica following a sneeze or a coughing…

Top ten tips to prevent back pain and sciatica

With over 150 million working days lost each year in the UK due to back pain and 15 million people visiting their GP each year complaining of back pain. Anywhere between 2 to 10% of people with back pain go on to develop leg pain related symptoms commonly referred to as sciatica. What can we…

Coping With Sciatica In Cold Weather

Do your sciatica symptoms get worse whenever the mercury drops? Increased sciatica pain is associated with tense muscles, which are caused by cold temperatures and inactivity. These symptoms can be managed. If you want to cope better in cold weather, follow these 7 tips.   1. Keep your home warm This should be obvious but…

Spinal stenosis and sciatica

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition that causes compression of the nerves in the spine and occurs when the holes that nerves pass through within the spinal bones narrow leading to constriction of spinal nerves and sometimes the spinal cord. In previous blogs we have talked about different conditions that can lead to sciatica symptoms…

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 a ‘red flag’ and…

Hot-Cold therapy for Sciatica

Why are people sometimes advised to use hot-cold therapy for 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 to try and the reason…

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 the right cushion for sciatica

In a previous blog we discussed the merits of how a cushion for sciatica 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…

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…

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