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Sciatica Pain Relief

Sciatica Pain Relief Cushion

What is the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion?

The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is a class 1 medical device designed to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve while sitting to help with sciatica pain relief. The cushion provides the nerve space and time to heal. By placing the cushion on your seat every time you sit you are able to stretch your sciatic nerve whilst reducing the increased pressure the nerve experiences during sitting. This cushion is specifically designed for people who have sciatica pain symptoms that are particularly aggravated or exacerbated while sitting or seated. It is easy to use, safe and specifically designed for sciatica pain relief.

When can I expect results?

This will vary from individual to individual. Some people report significant reductions in pain within a few days whilst others the improvements creep up on them over a couple of weeks. The first thing everyone notices is they are able to sit more comfortably for longer with reduced pain. With acute sciatica, pain levels can be very high and your nerve is healing slowly so initial effects of the cushion maybe subtle. It is important to use the cushion all the time. At this stage anything that helps take the edge off the pain is a welcome relief. Many people notice a significant difference when they do not use the cushion while recovering. Be patient and use the cushion consistently as you recover.

How the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion works

Easing pressure while allowing stretch

When you have sciatica the sciatic nerve is hypersensitive to any stimulation. Small amounts of stimulation can cause excessive pain. One of the keys to recovering from sciatica pain is to calm the nerve from over stimulation. Nerves are highly sensitive to the mechanical stimulus of stretch and pressure – both of these stimulae occur when you sit, which is why sitting often is uncomfortable if you have sciatica. Appropriate stretching can be beneficial for sciatica, but stretching while the nerve is under pressure can be painful. The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion allows gentle stretching of the sciatic nerve while sitting without the pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Pressure off the sciatic nerve

Pressure Mapping to show sciatic nerve off loading.

Pressure off the sciatic nerve
  • the first image is of an individual sat on an office chair with no cushion
  • the red areas show the areas of the highest pressure
  • there are in the region of the sciatic nerve
  • the highest pressure shown is 256 mm of mercury (a unit of pressure)
sciatic nerve
  • The second image is with the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion on the same chair, with the same individual, facing the same way
  • There is an overall reduction in the interface pressure (no red areas are seen)
  • The region on the sciatic nerve is shown as a similar pressure as the rest of the seated tissue
  • There is an area showing pressure which is the pressure mat being supported on the cushion
  • The peak pressure in now 63 mm Hg a reduction of more than 75%

How to use the cushion for sciatica pain relief

  • 1 Place the cushion with gap closest to back of the chair
  • 2 Rotate the cushion so the gap is under the side in need of pain relief
  • 3 The unique gap in the cushion reduces pressure on the sciatic nerve.

The diagram below and to the right illustrates the cushion being deployed to provide sciatica pain relief on the right side of the body.

How to use the cushion

How you will benefit

Simple to use. Safe and easy to apply regularly to give sciatica pain relief.

When sciatica strikes the simplest things in life can be the hardest things to do. Things like:

  • Sitting down to enjoy a meal
  • Working in the office
  • Driving, commuting and travelling to work

In all these situations sitting can be made more comfortable when you are suffering with sciatic pain when you use the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion. Any help that assists in speeding up recovery is a welcome relief.

sciatic pain relief cushion

Cushion uses

Home and office

The standard size cushion is designed to fit most domestic and office chairs so that day to day home and work activities, where sitting is required, can be better endured when you have sciatic pain.

Driving and travelling

There is a smaller size cushion for those who are regular drivers such as lorry drivers, taxi drivers or those who regularly travel via train or planes. This design better suits smaller seats such as bucket seats in cars. It may also suit the small and slight frame individual in all situations.

sitting pain conditions

Other sitting pain conditions

The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion was designed primarily to assist individuals suffering from lumbopelvic radiculopathy syndrome (LRS) commonly referred to as sciatica. This accounts for around 85% of the cases of sciatic pain symptoms. There are other conditions that can cause sciatic pain and although less common than back-related issues can still cause significant pain and affect the quality of day to day life. Conditions where the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion may also provide some relief are:

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain - Affects women during pregnancy
  • Deep Gluteal Syndrome – previously known as Piriforms Syndrome
  • High (or proximal) hamstring tendinopathy
  • Ischiogluteal bursitis
  • Recovery following surgery for Deep Gluteal Syndrome when sitting is very difficult

If you experience pain or symptoms in the gluteal region while sitting then the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion may be of help for you.

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