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How to sleep with sciatica

As any sufferer knows, sciatica pain can be difficult to live with. If your day has been particularly strenuous, it can easily trigger the sciatic nerve and leave you tossing and turning at night. There are some tips and tricks you can use to soothe the pain at night so that you can finally drift…

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…

Myths about sciatica

Sciatica pain can be difficult to deal with, and the situation can be made a lot worse if you believe one of the common myths out there regarding this condition. With that in mind, read on to discover more about some of the common misconceptions surrounding sciatica that you need to stop believing today. Myth…

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 the pain of sciatica 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…

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…

Getting through the day with Sciatica

If you have been following my previous blogs, hopefully you will have had a reasonable nights sleep, managed to get dressed and done some gentle stretching. The following blog is about getting through the day when suffering from sciatic pain. For the purpose of this blog lets assume you are over the worst and the…

The Easiest Stretch for Sciatica

Most people when they get an attack of sciatica will Google it and be presented with various methods of stretching that would challenge many a yoga practitioner. Stretching and moving is good and some of these stretches may help to stop any occurrence or re-occurrence of sciatic pain, but they most likely will not help…

Traveling by car with Sciatica

As the vast majority of us have to travel by car, either for work or just going about our daily business, people will tell you that this is one of the worst things to do with sciatic pain. Firstly, just getting in and out of the car can be excruciatingly painful, to say the least.…

Getting dressed with Sciatica

Hopefully after my last blogs you have been sleeping better, getting up in a morning is easier, and that your pain has eased. So, as promised, here are my tips on getting dressed. I found, when I had sciatica, one of the hardest thing to do by myself was getting dressed in the morning, especially…