Sciatica also known as sciatic neuritis
The symptoms include pain that may be caused by compression and/or
irritation of one of five spinal nerves rooted in the sciatic nerve..
Compression, may cause irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves.
The pain may be felt in the lower back, buttock, and/or parts of the leg or foot..
In some instances there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or
tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Generally the irritation
is are only felt on one side of the body. Sciatic pain usually comes from compression
of lumbar nerves L4
or L5 or sacral nerves
S1, S2 or S3, or by compression of the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica may be caused by
- Spinal stenosis
- Piriformis syndrome
- Trigger points
Exercises like swimming strengthen the muscles that support the
back without putting any strain on it or subjecting it to a sudden jolt, and
can prevent and reduce the symptoms of sciatica. Yoga
can help improve the flexibility and the strength of the back muscles.
Bad posture often aggravates sciatica. Taking
measures to improve your posture can symtoms.
Working on your Standing
Posture can help
on both feet and legs kept straight. Stand upright with a strong neutral spine
Try to refrain from Sitting with legs crossed.
Sit evenly on both sit bones lifting out of your stomach muscles. Feeling
lite. in your seat.
It may also help to use a back support. Making sure the spine especially the
low spine does not feel compressed.
- A lite body is a strong body. Try to stand and sit up right with your abs engaged.
The Core Matrix
Stand upright with a straight back and front-facing head. Weight should be balanced evenly on both feet and legs kept straight.
Sit upright with a support, such as a cushion or rolled-up towel in the small of the
back. Knees and hips should be level and feet should be flat on the floor,
with the aid of a footstool if necessary.
As with sitting, the back should be properly supported. Correctly position wing
mirrors to prevent having to twist the back. Foot controls should be squarely
in front of the feet. If driving long distances, regular breaks should be
taken to stretch legs.
Sleep on a medium-firm mattress (not too firm). The mattress should be firm enough to support the body while supporting the weight of the shoulders and buttocks, keeping the spine straight. Support the head with a pillow, but make sure the neck is not forced up at a steep angle.
Lifting and handling
To prevent injury-caused sciatica, the correct method for lifting and handling objects should be followed.
The risk of self-inflicted sciatica has increased in recent years with, for instance,
sitting on a wallet or standing for prolonged periods of time every day which
can cause self-inflicted sciatica. Symptoms of numbness and/or pain behind
the knee cap are associated with this form of sciatica. Work-related sciatica
may be caused by the use of tool belts which hang around the hips and cause
significant misalignment of the sacral vertebrae over long time periods.