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 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.
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.
The festive season can be a stressful time, with presents to buy, family gatherings to negotiate and planning for the big day. Remember that stress can have physical consequences as well as mental, including increasing muscle tension and aches and pains, as well as weakening the immune system. Make sure you’re taking time for yourself and time to relax. It’s not a luxury – it’s a necessity.
Make sure you’re only carrying round what you need to. Carrying overly heavy bags on a regular basis can result in upper neck and back pain, poor posture and muscle spasms. Remember to declutter your handbag or briefcase regularly so you don’t leave yourself vulnerable to strain or injury.
If you are Christmas shopping, try and carry bags evenly or take a rucksack to put things in. Make regular trips back to the car so you aren’t having to carry heavy things for too long.
When wrapping presents try and do them over a few days rather than all at once. Wrap small presents at a table and be careful when wrapping the bigger things to take a break and gentle stretch your back before and afterwards.
If you are standing in a queue for a while, try and shift your body weight from side to side or if you can put one foot on a step even better so that the weight is not constantly being focused on one part of your spine. The spine gets its oxygen supply through movement so the more you can move the better.
If you do experience any pain why not book a free chat with one of our practitioners and see if we can help you.
Merry Christmas from everyone at Attend2Health
As the weather starts to get colder its important to wrap up warm and even do a few stretches before venturing out in the cold. Make sure you have good footwear to avoid slipping on the ice and it is also a time to look at taking some extra supplements. It is also important to keep moving as it gets colder to prevent you stiffening up!
Vitamin D is really important and a lot of us are lacking in it especially in the winter, so look at taking a supplement to help. Turmeric has been show in recent studies to be great for inflammation. In the winter it is common for aches and pains such as arthritis to feel worse so taking a supplement like Turmeric could really help.
If you are feeling stiff and achy try giving these foam roller and pilates exercises a try. If you are still in pain book in for a free 15 minute chat at the clinic and see if we can help you further.
This is a saying I hear a lot. Someone simply reaches for a piece of paper or bends to pick a toy off the floor and their back goes. It can be very frustrating and hard to understand why something so simple can cause so much pain.
Usually however the cause can be a build up over time with that last reach being the final straw. Think of you spine a bit like a paper clip. You can bend it forwards and backwards a number of times no problem and then all of a sudden it just snaps and this can be the same with the ligaments and muscles around the spine or with the discs.
Before the back finally goes sometimes you can get a few twinges. Think of these as warning signs and look back on things you have been doing recently. Try to change the everyday tasks you do like loading the dishwasher or how you watch television to try and minimise the pressure on the spine. Make sure you take regular breaks to walk around as the back has a relatively poor blood supply and so gets its oxygen from you moving around.
At Attend2Health we offer a free 15 minute chat to see if we can help or to give advice. If you do get any twinges why not come and see us to see if we can prevent your back from going.
Simply call 01763 878087 and book an appointment today!
Winter hibernation is coming to an end and many will be starting to think about Spring gardening jobs. It’s great to get outdoors and blow the cobwebs away but take care of your back with our great advice.
– Don’t wear clothes that are tight or could constrict your movement.
– Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into the heavy work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of muscle strain.
Take a break
– Vary your activity by spending no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing and make sure you take regular breaks.
Clever spring pruning
– Get as close as possible to the things you are pruning and avoid overstretching to reach the area you are dealing with.
– Invest in some long handled secateurs to reach plants and bushes that are beyond normal reach.
– If you are planning a trip to the local garden centre store to buy heavy items such as compost, buy smaller bags rather than one big bag as they are easier and safer to carry. Better still, have it delivered direct to your home.
– Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on your back.
– If having items delivered, have them unloaded as close to where you need them as possible; this will save the effort of moving them again.
– A specialist garden trolley might be worth investing in to move these sorts of materials around, especially if you have lots of patio pots to move around as well.
If you do start to suffer from back pain – book a free 15 minute chat with one of our practitioners and they can let you know if it is just an ache which will go after a day or two or whether any treatment maybe needed to help it. Don’t suffer in pain call 01763 87 80 87.
As with all supplements the research supporting them varies but it is always worth trying them for around 3 months and see if they help
This has been getting a lot of press lately and it seems from the research that it is very good to help reduce inflammation and for spinal cord injuries. One study was published in the journal Neurology Research International was called The potential of Curcumin ( the Indian spice Turmeric) in treatment of spinal cord injury and is worth a read.
Combined medical and surgical treatment after acute spinal cord injury: results of a prospective pilot study to assess the merits of aggressive medical resuscitation and blood pressure management. Fernando L. Vale, M.D., Jennifer Burns, M.D., Amie B. Jackson, M.D., and Mark N. Hadley, M.D.
Division of Neurosurgery and Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
Glucosamine has had mixed research reviews but it is worth trying this supplement if you suffer from arthritis in the joints. Glucosamine has been shown to help rebuild the cartilage in joints and decrease inflammation. 1500mg should be taken a day but this supplement should be avoided if you are diabetic, pregnant or allergic to shellfish.
Derfoul A, Miyoshi AD, Freeman DE, Tuan RS. Glucosamine promotes chondrogenic phenotype in both chondrocytes and mesenchymal stem cells and inhibits MMP-13 expression and matrix degradation. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2007;15(6):646–655. [PubMed]
Dodge GR, Jimenez SA. Glucosamine sulfate modulates the levels of aggrecan and matrix metalloproteinase-3 synthesized by cultured human osteoarthritis articular chondrocytes. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2003;11(6):424–432. [PubMed]
Omega-3 fish oil are made up of essential fatty acids which are known as EPA and DHA. Omega 3 is an excellent supplement to help rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is also good for the heart. This meta-analysis below showed reduced consumption of painkillers when taking 2.7g of Omega-3 a day for people with RA.
AMR – Omega-3 PUFA and Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis Lee YH1, Bae SC, Song GG. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: a meta-analysis. Arch Med Res. 2012 Jul;43(5):356-62
I hope you have found this information helpful. All these supplements are for sale at the clinic. Ask your practitioner to see if any would be suitable for you to take and see how you get on. They don’t suit everyone but some people have seen enormous benefit from them.
For a free 15 minute chat to see how we can help call the clinic on 01763 878087.
Are you feeling a bit low this winter time? Fed up of being in pain and struggling to do the things you love? It doesn’t have to be this way. At Attend2Health we are trained to diagnose your pain or refer you for further investigation.
No one should have to suffer from muscle or joint pain without finding out whats wrong. At Attend2Health we can come up with a personalised treatment plan which would include hands on treatment such as mobilisation, massage or manipulation as well as exercises to do at home. I have found most people can get benefit from chiropractic treatment and even if the pain doesn’t completely go they feel so much better and understand how they can manage and listen to their body. Its such a great feeling when you are able to make such a difference to peoples lives. We offer a free 15 minute chat so why not book one today and see how you can get your life back.
By coming to Attend2Health we treat the cause not just the symptoms. We can set some realistic goals so you will have more energy to play with the grandchildren, be able to get out in the garden this spring and not need so many painkillers. Here’s what some of our patients say:
The back is the most vulnerable the first hour after awakening so take extra care during this time. This is because the discs have the most water content in the morning making you also around 1 cm taller in the morning.
Bending puts a lot of pressure on the discs in the spine and over time this can lead to the discs becoming aggravated. Try to kneel on a cushion if putting washing in the washing machine or when washing up try and change position so you are sometimes sideways onto it so you are not constantly leaning forwards for a period of time. When going to sit down stick your bottom out to keep your back straight.
It is really important to strengthen your spine with pilates type exercises or things like the plank if you are able to. Any exercise should be performed pain free so start slowly and build up what you can do.
Although it is important to strengthen your core muscles, sit ups curve your spine and put extra pressure on the discs so this exercise should be avoided.
When you are walking think about being pulled up from your head, and push your sternum up. This will take the pressure off the bottom of your spine. At some point during the day take some time to lie down. If you are sitting and standing a lot of pressure is being put through your spine. When you are lying down your body is in a great position and gives your spine a chance to relax. This is a great thing to do in the evening for 5 minutes in front of the TV.
More information, stretches and videos can be found in the members area of our website or call 01763 878087 and see how we can help.