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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…

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…

Is your leg pain sciatica…or something else?

When you feel a pain that radiates down your leg and makes walking, standing or even sitting down painful, it is possible that you have sciatica. But this is not a foregone conclusion – there are other problems you can develop that mimic the symptoms of sciatica pain. If you experience pain, muscle weakness and/or…

Can your diet affect your sciatica?

If you have experienced sciatica symptoms, you will be all too aware of how painful it can be. You may be looking around for ideas on how to manage it, in the hope of avoiding future flare-ups. An important part of treatment which is often overlooked is your diet – what you consume can have a real…

How to improve your chances of sciatica never returning

The misconceptions surrounding sciatica are in plentiful supply. Many people believe it to simply be a case of lower back pain, while others link it to any ailment that causes difficulty in someone’s ability to walk and move around. As is so often the case in life, you’ll only truly understand the horror of sciatica…

Acupuncture for sciatic nerve pain

For those who suffer from sciatic nerve pain, life can be very frustrating at times. People afflicted by repeated bouts of sciatica very often feel isolated and depressed by their condition, and wonder if it will ever get better. They may start to ask themselves questions such as ‘why is this happening to me?’ or…