Sciatica is crippling, debilitating and very scary. Sciatica is likened to electricity shooting down the back of the leg into your calf or toes. It is no laughing matter. Even the idea of laughing, coughing or sneezing can cause sharp grips of pain and have you scared that you might break in half from the pain.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica often presents as a deep gnawing pain in one butt cheek, the result of squashing your sciatic nerve often due to a disc bulge.
Signs that indicate you need an assessment:
- Crippling back and leg pain.
- Pain reaching as far as your toes.
- Weakness, tingling or numbness.
- A loss of power.
- It hurts to cough or sneeze.
- Pain with prolonged sitting or standing.
- Bent forward of sideways.
- A reliance on pain medication.
How we can help
Clinical studies of sciatica treatment have revealed that chiropractic adjustments resulted in 72% success compared to the 20% achieved from other physical therapy.
Make an appointment, if required we’ll organize free digital x-rays (bulk billed), establish a clear diagnosis and devise a game plan including exercises and stretches to get you sorted as soon as possible.
Leaving this condition untreated can lead to a rapid progression of symptoms and irreversible damage. If you are experiencing worrying signs or symptoms don’t delay.
How to Ease Sciatica at Home
Try these 7 useful tips:
- Apply ice for 10 minute intervals on the affected area.
- Gentle stretching.
- Rest flat on your back knees bent.
- Try to keep your stress levels as low as possible.
- Back supports and braces are lifesavers.
- Never lean back or extend your spine.
- Brace yourself when coughing or sneezing.
Best Stretches for Sciatica
Try these two stretches from our set of our best back stretches, download your copy and ease out of immediate pain.
1. Lie flat on your back with an ice pack to ease your pain
2. Gently rising up like a cat is a lovely stretch to ease onset back pain