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Sciatica

Professional Sciatica Assessments in Hampstead at Ergotec Health Studios

 

Sciatica is the term which is given for any kind of pain that runs along the Sciatic nerve, usually only affecting one side of the lower body. The Sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. The pain caused by Sciatica can move from different areas and sides of the body, and will often run down from your lower back, through the thigh, down the leg and sometimes will even continue to your toes. In many cases, if you suffer from Sciatica it will become a recurring condition condition that will get worse each time. Ergotec Health Studios provide effective treatment for people suffering with Sciatica in Hampstead and surrounding areas. If you are suffering with pain due to Sciatica in Hampstead please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ergotec Health Studios today.

SciaticaWhat are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Most people who suffer with Sciatica get it between 30 and 50 years of age. Pregnant women are far more likely to develop Sciatica whilst pregnant due to the pressure on the Sciatic nerve. If you are are sufferer of Sciatica in Hampstead, having effective treatment will help with reducing pains and staying in control. There are many symptoms of Sciatica, some of the most common include:

  • Pain in your leg or buttocks that gets worse when you sit
  • Burning or tingling travelling down the leg
  • Having a weak, numb feeling of finding it difficult to move your leg or foot
  • Having a constant pain on one side of the lower body
  • A shooting pain that makes standing up difficult

Causes of Sciatica

More often that not Sciatica is caused by a herniated (‘slipped’ disc), where one of discs that sit between the bones of your spine are damaged and press on the nerves. Other less common causes can include: Spinal Stenosis, a spinal injury or infection or a growth in the spine such as a tumor. In order to minimise your risk of developing any possible causes of Sciatica, you can adapt to improving your posture, lifting techniques and exercises. All of which will better your posture, balance and any pains, putting you at a far less risk of developing Sciatica. Things like sitting, driving, standing and sleeping straight will ensure your back is fully supported and you maintain a good posture. Stretching and warming up before and after exercising as well as regular exercise will also help with your posture and preventing pain and any Sciatica problems too.

General Exercises for Sciatica

Sciatic exercises usually focus on three key areas: strengthening, stretching and aerobic conditioning

Strengthening Exercise

Many exercises can help strengthen the spinal column and the supporting muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Most of these back exercises focus not only on the lower back, but also the abdominal (stomach) muscles and gluteus (buttock) and hip muscles.

Strong core muscles can provide pain relief because they support the spine, keeping it in alignment and facilitating movements that extend or twist the spine with less chance of injury or damage.

Stretching Exercises

Stretching is usually recommended to alleviate sciatic pain. Stretches for sciatica are designed to target muscles that cause pain when they are tight and inflexible. Hamstring stretching is almost always an important part of a sciatica exercise program. Most people do not stretch these muscles, which extend from the pelvis to the knee in the back of the thigh, in their daily activities.

Another stretch that is often helpful in easing sciatica is the Bird Dog move: After getting on their hands and knees, individuals extend one arm and the opposite leg. The arm and leg extensions are then alternated. A more advanced version of this exercise is the Plank Bird Dog move, in which the extensions are done once the person is in the plank position on their hands and toes.

Low-Impact Aerobic Exercise

Some form of low-impact cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, swimming, or pool therapy is usually a component of recovery, as aerobic activity encourages the exchange of fluids and nutrients to help create a better healing environment.

Aerobic conditioning also has the unique benefit of releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers, which helps reduce sciatic pain.

 

How The Sciatic Nerve is Affected

Sciatica is commonly caused by some type of compression of a spinal nerve in the lower back. The medical term for sciatica is lumbar radiculopathy, or radicular pain, indicating that the symptoms originate with a radicular nerve in the spine. The specific symptoms will be different depending on which spinal nerve is affected and how much it is compressed.

A variety of lower back problems can lead to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve. Most often, sciatica pain is caused when the L5 or S1 nerve root in the lower spine is irritated by a herniated disc. The nerve roots that exit the spine to form the sciatic nerve are extremely sensitive, and the inner portion of the disc that may herniate or extrude contains proteins that are inflammatory and easily irritate the nerve.

When this happens, pain radiates into the rear and back of the thigh and calf, and occasionally may extend down to the foot.

Effective Treatment for Sciatica from Ergotec

Many Sciatica sufferers believe that ice and heat provide a brilliant relief. However, this can only be a relief method for a short period of time, with Ergotec Health Studios we provide effective Sciatica treatment for sufferers in Hampstead. Our treatment will help relieve, prevent and deter any unwanted pains or Sciatica problems from returning. There is no need no medication or operations with Ergotec Health Studios as all of our treatment programs are natural and provide the best results for Sciatica sufferers in Hampstead.

If you are suffering with Sciatica in Hampstead and are seeking effective treatment, look no further than Ergotec Health Studios. We are here and more than happy to help you with our Sciatica treatment in Hampstead so please don’t hesitate on giving us a call today.

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