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I have Sciatica what can I do to help?

Mar 1, 2019

Exercises for Sciatica

Here at Physio-logical in Havant and Rowlands Castle, our Chartered Physiotherapists regularly see clients with a wide range of sciatica symptoms.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica affects many people including runners, gardeners, sailors, cyclists, tennis players, office workers and builders to name a few, but many other people suffer too.

When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, it can cause pain, numbness and a tingling sensation that runs from your lower back down one of your legs to your foot and toes. However some people suffering from sciatica have no back pain, they could just have buttock or big toe pain.

The pain is usually aggravated by running, bending, sneezing, coughing, walking, lifting or sitting for a long period of time.

If you have numbness then it is really important to seek medical advice. Also, if you have any loss of bladder/bowel control or numbness around your inner thigh/buttock region then seek urgent medical help.

Get help

Here are a couple of simple exercises to help relieve sciatic pain.  Please be aware of your body and take advice from your GP before exercising or send an email to (enquiries@physio-logical.net) for advice and guidance.

Back Arching (Lumbar Spine Extension) – Lying

  • Lie on your front.
  • Push up with your arms and arch your back
  • Repeat ten times, three times a day.
  • Hold the last position for 30 seconds
Back Arching (Lumbar Spine Extension) – Standing

  • Move your hips forward
  • Lean back as far as you can.
  • Repeat ten times, three times a day

Please see our past blog for exercises to strengthen your core stability muscles.

Call our clinic today on 07835 712306 to find out more about how our team of experienced Physiotherapists can help. Alternatively you can get in contact with us via enquiries@physio-logical.net or book online via our website www.physio-logical.net.

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