If you have experienced sciatica during pregnancy then you're well aware of the extreme shooting pain to the point where you would give anything for relief and treatment. Sciatica during pregnancy typically occurs when the baby's head presses against the sciatic nerve of the mother. Sciatica and back pain can occur at any point during pregnancy, but mostly occurs during the second and third trimester. This is because the baby is usually in a lower position in the abdomen.
Sciatica during pregnancy involves sharp and shooting pains that occur when the sciatic nerve which runs down the spine and through the pelvis and all the way down the back of the thigh, gets pinched and or becomes inflamed. In addition to the sharp pain, it can also cause numbness and tingling in the buttocks and down one or both legs. This can leave the expectant mother immobile, miserable and helpless. Needless to say, with the other typical pains and discomforts pregnancy brings on, treatment and relief from sciatica can't come too quick!
It may seem like little or anything can be done to relieve the pain until the baby is born, but who wants to wait several months for relief from sciatica when there very well may be techniques available to relieve the pain? Many will say that sciatica during pregnancy should be treated with regular chiropractic adjustments. While some pregnant women may find this beneficial, others have turned to alternate techniques to relieve the pain of sciatica during pregnancy.
The pain can get worse as the pregnancy goes on. This is due to the expectant mother's ligaments and tendons loosening which is part of the body's way to prepare for childbirth. Many women suffering from sciatica during pregnancy may be tempted to treat the pain with prescription pain killers, but most doctors advise staying away from prescription painkillers whenever possible during pregnancy. Instead, temporary sciatica relief can come from bed rest, and also heat pads to help calm muscle spasms, and/or ice packs to reduce inflammation.
Although little can be done to prevent the onset of sciatica while pregnant, exercise can bring some relief, and possibly make the pain less severe or more manageable. This is because women with good muscle tone find it easier to support their body and can have greater control over their range of movement while experiencing the pain of sciatica. But what if there existed a proven technique to relieve the pain of sciatica that DIDN'T involve tedious or strenuous exercise or chiropractor visits? Don't you wish there was something you could easily do to relieve and treat sciatica during pregnancy and make you much more comfortable?
Well there is! Recently a doctor discovered and developed a technique that involves what's referred to as gentle therapy or "gentle moves". It is non-invasive and so gentle that it is not even considered massage or chiropractic manipulation. I cannot even begin to fully explain this technique here, so I've created a link to the doctor's site which can provide more detailed information on this fascinating technique.