Sciatica is usually the name given when the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed in some way, causing pain down the back of the leg where the sciatic nerve runs. There are lots of different causes of sciatica but the main ones are either a disc pressing on one of the nerve roots or piriformis syndrome where the piriformis muscle presses on the sciatic nerve.
Here is a picture showing where the sciatic nerve runs and why pain, tingling or numbness can be felt all the way down to the foot.
A disc would affect a nerve as it leaves the spine and depending on how much the disc is bulging effects how far down the leg the pain is felt. Discs can also cause weakness in the muscles and the loss of reflexes. If you ever experience pain down both legs with problems going to the toilet you must seek medical attention as soon as possible as it could be something called cauda equina.
This next diagram shows where the piriformis is and how close it lies to the sciatic nerve. Therefore if this muscle is in spasm it is more likely to affect the sciatic nerve.
If you suffer from pain in the back or leg why not give us a call and see if we can help. We can do some orthopaedic tests to help us work out where your pain is coming from and the bast way to treat it. You will then know how to manage your pain and how to prevent it coming back with advice on the best exercises to do along with treatment such as massage if a muscle like the piriformis is involved or treatment to reduce the inflammation in the spine.
To book your free chat call 01763 878087.
At attend2health we like to make sure we are doing all we can to help our patients and to make improvements where we can. We really appreciate the feedback our patients give us and recently we conducted a survey which 100 people filled out.
I wanted to share just some of the results:
We were pleased to see that between 80-90% of the patients surveyed rated the practitioner as excellent in how they listened and explained what was wrong.
It was also good to see that patients could understand their problem better and could cope better after seeing the chiropractor or other practitioner.
We also received some really lovely comments. We are very proud of our clinic and how hard we all work to help our patients.
If you are in pain and would like to chat to someone about how we could help, give us a call on 01763 878087. We look forward to hearing from you.
Did you know a Sports Massage isn’t just for sporty people? Anyone can have a sports massage, it just means the therapist is trained to a high level and here’s 5 reasons why you should have one:
Here’s a testimonial from a patient explaining why she likes to have a massage.
At attend2health the main thing we are concerned about is helping people get better. We want to provide the best service possible and strive to do this everyday. We hold group training sessions to learn from each other and discuss any tricky cases with the patients permission. By working so closely together we feel we can provide the best service for our patients.
We have questionnaires for patients to fill in to make sure we are doing all we can to help and love it when we also get testimonials from patients saying how well they are doing. Currently there are 54 reviews on google which can be seen here.
A couple of patients have given us a video testimonial which is great for other people to hear their experiences. One can be seen here.
If you experience any aches or pains don’t wait for them to get worse call us today on 01763 87 80 87 and see how we can help. We are open 7 days a week to make it easier to get an appointment around work.
From a young age I knew I wanted to help people. When I was 15 I went to observe a Chiropractor and was very impressed by the results she was getting. People were very happy with the treatment and I thought I want to do this.
It takes 4 years to train as a Chiropractor plus you then must do a post graduate diploma to then call yourself a Doctor of Chiropractic. It was a tough course but very enjoyable as you knew everything you were learning you needed to know.
After I qualified I first set up a clinic with a friend in Birmingham. We rented two rooms in a health clinic and did really well.
I then decided I would really like to relocate back to Hertfordshire where I grew up so I sold my share of the clinic and started the clinic in Buntingford Herts.
It was daunting setting up a clinic on my own. I was 26, had just got married and was now trying to relocate our house and businesses. I found a shop for rent in Buntingford and it was perfect. We could fit 3 treatment rooms into the building so there was room to grow.
To start with times were hard especially as I had my first child in 2009 just over a year since I had started the clinic so it was not the best time to have to take on an associate. For the next couple of years we made a loss and I remember thinking how long can I go on like this. I knew it had the potential to be successful but trying to juggle children as well was very hard. I am so glad that I stuck at it and over time the clinic started to grow. In 2010 I was awarded a Fellow by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) for the work I had done on the BCA Council.
I was very keen that the clinic had to give patients the best possible experience. I wanted to make sure patients were given a lot of time to discuss their problems and that we could give treatment and exercises without feeling rushed. Patient satisfaction is so important to me.
Now I have a wonderful team of practitioners and receptionists providing the best experience possible for our patients. Everyone is passionate about helping people and we all work so well together. I am so proud of my clinic.
Attend2health is very pleased to announce we have been awarded Best Chiropractic Clinic in East Herts by GHP Private Healthcare Awards 2018.
To win this award patients voted for us and we also had to submit evidence of why we deserved to win this award. This was done back in November and we are so grateful to everyone who took the time to vote for us.
This was my post back in November!
Once all our evidence was also submitted the entries were judged and we found out recently that we had won Best clinic in East Herts! It was lovely to be recognised for all our hard work.
Discussing the success of their winners, Sam Jordan-Turner, GHP Awards Coordinator commented: “As the industry is filled with individuals, teams and companies, we recognise and support all who work tirelessly to provide the best practice and innovation as they strive to provide the highest levels of compassion transforming healthcare for the better. As such, I am proud of the success of all of my winners and I wish them the very best of luck for the future.”
GHP prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.
Attend2Health is very proud that it can help so many people and our 50 Five Star Reviews on both Google and Facebook show how well received we are in the community.
We strive to do the very best we can for our patients. The Clinic was 10 years old back in October and is going from strength to strength with a wonderful team of practitioners. With a staff of 15 people at Attend2Health all working together if one treatment type is not suitable there are many more to try.
Louise explained that when the clinic started in 2007 we were just coming into a recession and times were tough. By concentrating on providing the best possible service the clinic has been able to come through the hard times and flourish into a fantastic place helping to ease peoples pain and provide them with a better quality of life.
If you would like to know more about what we do or how we could help, give the clinic a call on 01763 878087 and book a free chat with one of our practitioners. We look forward to speaking to you.
If you experience back pain it is important to look at what you do in your everyday life that might be aggravating your back. Ask yourself these questions…
• Do you spend a lot of time sitting?
• Do you have to carry heavy loads?
• Do you have to bend a lot?
• Do you spend a lot of time driving?
• Are you overweight?
• Do you sleep on your front?
• Do you have to look after small children?
• Have you had an accident or jarred your back in the past?
• Do I do any impact sports?
If you answered yes to any of these questions that might be what is contributing towards your back pain. Look and see if there are any changes you can make to your everyday life to help your back.
• Did you know that there is more pressure on your discs when you sit down than when you stand up? Could you get up and walk about every hour? Or lying down for 5 minutes would really take the pressure off the spine. Swimming is a great activity to help relieve the pressure as when you float there is no pressure on your spine. Just avoid breaststroke with your head up!
• Could you decrease the load you are carrying or wear a support belt? Try to avoid lifting with a bad back as this will aggravate it further. Wearing a support belt could really help if you just have to lift something.
• Could you bend from your hips or change what you are doing to avoid bending? Bending is very bad for the discs. Even bending forwards slightly when washing up or hoovering is enough to set it off. Ask for help with these jobs as you don’t want to make your back worse.
• Could you take breaks between driving to walk about? Try and clench your buttocks in the car or wriggle around in your seat as the back gets its oxygen supply through movement.
• Could you look at what you eat and reduce your calorie intake?
• Could you change your sleeping position? Try and sleep on your back or side. If you are on your side have a pillow between your knees.
• Could you try some strengthening exercises for your back to help it recover from an injury? Look into a pilates class as these are great to help build up the core muscles.
• Could I reduce my training to give my back a chance to recover? Make sure you give your back a chance to recover before going back to full training. Go back slowly so you can gauge if your back can cope with it or not.
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Happy New Year Everyone – I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Are you thinking of New Year’s resolutions? If you suffer from back pain why not see if we can help. It’s really important not to ignore back pain as it is usually a warning sign and can then get worse. We offer a free 15 minute chat so we can discuss your pain and see if it is something we can help with. Here is more information about our practitioners.
How about losing weight this year? Just being half a stone or more overweight can have a big impact on your body and your health. It is so easy to put weight on but so much harder to lose. Try to get support from your friends or join a group like weight watchers or slimming world as that will make you much more likely to succeed. Extra weight can put pressure on your joints leading to pain so losing weight can really help with joint pain.
Stopping smoking would also be great for your health. Smoking can also have an impact on your joint and back pain as it reduces the oxygen supply to the muscles as well as all the other benefits to the lungs and heart.
Whatever your resolution make a plan and stick to it. Make small achievable goals to stay on track and persevere. Change is hard but could make your life so much better.
Ever wondered what we do at Attend2Health or how we can help – here are just 10 of the ways we can help… For more information or to book a free chat call us on 01763 878087.
By taking a case history and finding out from you where you are getting any pain or things you do that might aggravate your back, this is our first step in finding out what the problem is.
We then conduct a thorough examination which can include taking blood pressure and neurological testing such as testing the reflexes to work out where the pain is coming from and what it is affecting. From this we can come to a diagnosis and work out if we can treat what’s wrong or whether you need further testing or to see the GP instead.
If your problem involves the muscles and joints we have a number of different treatment options which can help. One of those options is massage to help relax any muscles which are tight and in spasm.
Ultrasound is a tool we can use to help relax muscles and help decrease inflammation.
Gentle mobilisation or manipulation of the spine is an effective way to help loosen stiff or locked joints in the spine relieving tension on the nerves and reducing pain.
Other tools we can use to help include an activator which is very gentle and used to help the spine move better and a Thumper which is a type of massage machine which helps to relax tight muscles without being too painful.
By using tape this can help support muscles and help for example to keep your shoulders back or give a little extra support to you low back if you have pulled a muscle there. It just gives the muscles a chance to recover if they are always working. Tape can also help treatment last longer as you usually wear it for a few days.
Acupuncture is another great way to reduce pain and muscle tension.
Exercises are a great way to help strengthen your back to help prevent the pain coming back again.
We can go through exercises in the clinic to make sure they are bring done correctly.
We will also give you exercises to do at home to help your back pain. Exercises are an important part of your recovery from any injury or pain as an area typically weakens when it is in pain.
I hope you have found all this information helpful but if you do have any questions or want to know more please get in touch as we would be happy to help.
Just call us on 01763 87087. I look forward to hearing from you.
With the temperatures hitting some icy lows, perfect your ‘ice walk’ this winter with top tips from the British Chiropractic Association.
Icy roads and pavements mean potentially hazardous conditions underfoot and a rise in injuries caused by slips and falls. It is quite natural, therefore, for us to be wary when walking outdoors and adopting our ‘ice walk’; the problem is that an unnatural walking posture could cause as many problems as the icy conditions themselves.
Tim Hutchful, from the British Chiropractic Association, offers some top tips to stay safe and adopt a better ‘ice walk’:
Best foot forward
– It is a good idea to have two pairs of shoes, one for walking in the ice and snow, the other for indoors or whilst driving.
– Waterproof or other, lined shoes are preferable as are thermal socks, as these items will help keep your feet warm. Cold, numb feet are less able to sense and adapt to changing conditions.
– Footwear should have a solid and large, raised treads on the sole; essential for maximising your grip on the ice.
– Shoes with support features are important – walking shoes with a firm ankle support are ideal as they help prevent you ‘going over’ on your ankle and help you feel more stable in slippery conditions. If shoes have laces, they should be firmly laced to give a close fit without limiting the circulation.
What to avoid…..Wellingtons can be practical, but they often don’t give enough support and can be difficult to take off. Also avoid walking outside in leather or other, smooth soled shoes.
– Clothing should be warm and allow you to move freely. Anything that impedes you from walking ‘normally’ could make you more prone to falling over or lead to you walking in an unnatural way.
– There are things you can do to prepare yourself for better balance. Standing on one leg, as an exercise, is a great way to help improve your balance.
– When you are out and about, keeping your hands out of your pockets (use gloves) so that you can use your arms for better balance is a great idea too.
– Watch out for parts of the pavement that may have been in shadow or under trees, where there is more likely be black ice, but make sure you pay attention to what is ahead too!
If you do fall, try and curl up and ‘roll’ with the fall and stay relaxed, this will minimise any jarring to your body. Whilst it may be an automatic reaction, try to avoid putting your hands out to save you – this may cause wrist injuries.
Keep Your Wits
Try to avoid alcohol. Not only will you be more prone to feeling the adverse effects of the cold (because alcohol causes loss of body heat) but it may also cause you to take risks that you wouldn’t normally do and, of course, make you more unsteady on your feet. Keep topped up with warm drinks to keep your temperature up.
If you do start to suffer from some aches and pains give us a call on 01763 878087.