Sciatica is affecting so many of us nowadays some researchers are calling it The New Health Epidemic
How did we get here? well first let’s talk about …
What Sciatica is?
Sciatica is a term people use for pain going down the leg related to a nerve but it’s not really coming from the sciatic nerve but a group of nerves in the lower back that makes up the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:
Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (it’s very rare in both legs)
Pain that is worse when sitting
Weakness when moving the leg, foot, and/or toes
A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand straight up or walk
What Causes It?
Sciatica can happen to all ages but it becomes more common in middle age. It is most likely to develop around age 30-40 and the shocking news is that some researchers have alerted it will affect up to 43% of the population at some point.
That’s almost half of general population,and taking into account the age of people who are affected the most, if you’re over 30 years old & you’re sitting more than 6 hours/day, unfortunately, there is a good chance you’ll suffer from sciatic nerve pain sometime in the future if you aren’t right now .
We know it sounds like an awful bad news but keeps on reading, we’ve made all the research necessary for you to be prepared when / if it happens. More on that later but first let’s try & find what is causing your sciatic nerve pain.
There have been many studies done the last decade with the use of CT scans, MRI scans and electromyogram to specifically define what causes Sciatic nerve pain.
While Sciatica is usually a result of lumbar disc herniation directly pressing on the nerve, any cause of irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can produce the symptoms of sciatica.
According to Dr.David J. Petron from the Health University of Utah, there is something else hidden behind this strange epidemic disease that is affecting at least one of our friends or relatives.
Wanna know what that is?
” The most common reason for it usually isn’t an injury but it’s prolonged sitting and then the disc weakens and the disc bulges out or sometimes herniates out and then presses against the nerve and you get pain – really bad pain – for the most part, down the leg
Dr. David explains this in much more detail and for those who want to read everything he said in his interview with Dr. Tom Miller, you can find the source at the end of this article.
He continues his statement by noting:
” Sometimes people come in and they have ankle pain but the real source of the pain is their lower back.”
Well we know prolonged sitting is bad for us , its known to increase all-cause mortality among other damaging things it can do to us and the worst part is that research on sedentary behaviour and health outcomes is still at an early stage meaning not all long-term side effects of prolonged sitting are unknown at the moment but there are doctors who warn it can be as damaging to our body as smoking or being obese is.
That basically means you need to take care of yourself because no one knows exactly how bad sitting long time is for you.
We do however know what we can do to somehow reverse the damage done sitting all those years thanks to a study published this January. Scientists found that as a little as two years of consistent aerobic exercise can have a dramatic effect on the health of a previously sedentary middle-aged person’s heart
I know you’ve heard this more times than you’d like but, simply put, if you staying more than 6 hours in a chair you absolutely need to go to the gym 4 times a week and do aerobic exercise, its the only thing that will help reverse the effects done during all these years of sitting.
And while you’re at it make a mental note of how you want to sit in a computer to prevent problems
NOTE: It is very important to seek medical attention in situations when the pain is consistent and unbearable as long-term nerve compression can permanently damage the nerve and its function. In these cases, your symptoms may become permanent
If you’re like most people you might have acute sciatic pain which usually heals within several days to weeks, well there are 3 options for you to try but before I get into those pay attention to the conservative treatment illustrated
Seated Hip Stretch
- Sit upright, and then cross the left leg over the right leg.
- Hug the left knee with the right arm while keeping the back straight.
- Stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.
- Finally, switch legs.
Foot Soak Protocol
You need to do this foot soak protocol right before bedtime for best results
1: Fill a bucket with hot water
2: Add a handful of salt (Epson salt if possible )
3: Add 1/2 liter of raw apple cider vinegar
4: Mix it until the salt is diluted
-Soak your feet for about 15-30 minutes, rinse them afterward with water and wrap them using a dry towel & go to sleep.
The next morning, put on slippers and don’t walk barefoot until you shower.
Repeat this a couple of times and if you don’t succeed there is one last option you can try before heading for the painkillers.
The special design of this brace helps with the faster recovery from any kind of groin, quad, hip, sciatica, hamstring injury. It increases blood flow and reduces recovery time by providing a soothing compression relief to the pain overall.
Now I’ve never used the product but judging from the comments there ate tons of people who swear by it to have stopped their sciatic pain, so you decide if it’s worth buying it for $22 (you can also find cheaper ones on Amazon but we really like this one over others)
This is an updated article on sciatic nerve pain or Sciatica. The first article received well over 30.000 shares, and hundreds of people commented on how much relief they’d found after the first minutes doing the feet soak protocol.
Long story short I decided to delete the old one for being really short & straightforward to the method without explaining what sciatica is and other ways to treat it.
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