Daily Tips and Advice
Back Pain from hero to zero
Posted 3 years ago
Its Wonder Woman
So I was walking the kids to playgroup this morning when I saw something that impressed me but shocked me at the same time. As my Physio brain engaged through the haze and mayhem of the school run. I realised I really was seeing a petite mother carrying not one but two 4 year old boys.
One was screaming and the other was looking as shocked as I was feeling. That mother is more than likely to have a sore back, neck or both tomorrow when she wakes I thought to myself.
There is no faster way for us parents to end up crook than to have to carry a non-compliant youngster. Yes we all probably think as we are doing it that ‘this is bad.’, But we’ll do anything to get from A to B on time, right?
Now you may end up getting the kids to school on time. But you may also end up with a painful dose of Sciatica.
Sciatica is the term we use for inflammation of the ‘sciatic nerve’ that originates from the low back. It runs all the way down the leg and to the foot. It functions to give us feeling in the leg and control how our muscles work.
When damaged it also causes a great deal of pain that can be anywhere from the back, groin, buttock, knee or lower leg or even in all of the areas at the same time. BIG OUCH.
So what are the signs that you might be suffering with Low Back Pain in the form of Sciatica?
Here are just 5 signs that you may have Sciatica (this list isn’t inclusive, there are more)
1) Low Back Pain and / or pain in the leg.
2) Pins and needles in the leg or foot.
3) Patchy numbness or vague sensation in the foot of leg.
4) Acute shooting pain on movements often in forwards bending or sitting.
5) Restricted ability to get on with the chores that parents have to do-Including getting out of bed in the morning to sort the kids out and standing at the worktops making the sandwich thins for the lunch box.
So what can you do if you have any of the above symptoms?
Here’s Three TOP Tips:
1. Avoid sitting for any longer than is absolutely necessary.
2. As an exercise – stand up, put your hands on your bum and lean back – hold for 10 seconds. It will be painful, but you’re helping it the long run.
3. When the pain is bad – go to bed and lie flat – avoid the temptation to curl up in the foetal position… this only makes it worse in the long run even though it feels nice at the time.
Here’s a staggering stat…
I bet you’re sitting down while having a look at this…
Did you know that the average person spends nearly 9.5 hours a day seated, and around another 7 asleep (less if the kids are playing up ☺).
If you think you know someone suffering with Low Back Pain or Sciatica, feel free to pass on this simple advice.