What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a pain that stems from the sciatic nerve derived from the spinal cord. Sciatica or sciatic pain stems from the pressure on the nerve that travels down through the buttock to the back of the thigh and leg. Sensations and functions of the leg and foot are controlled by the sciatic nerve which can therefore cause referred pain. Sciatica has many known causes including disc injury.

Sciatica Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the sciatic nerve can become irritated due to the altered posture associated with the pressure of a growing baby and belly. Water retention and swelling can cause great discomfort and sciatic pain.

Pregnant women experience increasing hormone and progesterone levels which creates relaxation of the muscles around the pelvis and spine in preparation for birth. This laxity can allow increasing movement through the spine and pelvis which can also contribute to symptoms of sciatic pain during pregnancy.

Sciatica Symptoms

Symptoms of Sciatica include one or a combination of the following:

  • Pins and needle sensations in the effected leg.
  • Shooting pain up and down the back of your thigh and leg to your foot.
  • Lower back pain and aching in the buttock
  • Pain when you sneeze, cough, sit or visit the toilet.
  • Weakness in muscles in the leg and foot
  • Severe cases can result in a loss of bladder and bowel control.

Sciatica Treatment in Brunswick

Manual musculoskeletal therapies such as Osteopathy can help relieve Sciatica symptoms. An osteopath will treat sciatic pain by working with the muscles, joints and ligaments around the sciatic nerve using hands on techniques.

Sudi De Winter and Lucy Hodgson have completed post-graduate training involving treatment during pregnancy and between the two of them they have over 20 years of experience. You and your baby are in delicate and experienced hands.

Sciatica Exercises and Stretches

There are many exercises, stretches and things you can do at home to relieve your pain.
Things to do to assist in the management and prevention of Sciatica.

  • Swimming
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • Wear flat shoes
  • Apply a heat pack on the area causing pain
  • Good posture when both sitting and standing
  • Bend your knees when lifting anything heavy
  • Don’t sit for long periods of time.

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