Sciatic nerve

The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that passes from the spine into the buttock, then into the back of the thigh and leg. The sciatic nerve controls sensation and function to the leg and foot.

In sciatica, prolapsed or 'slipped' discs tend to bulge and press on the inter-vertebral nerve(s). This pressure irritates the nerve, causing pain and inflammation.

Pain can be experienced at the source of compression, or it may be radiated, or referred, down the nerve into the buttocks, the back of the thigh, even in the lower leg.

Pain management for sciatica

  • Seek thorough medical diagnosis and follow all medical advice
  • Attend a clinical practice for appropriate sciatic nerve therapy and supervision
  • For drug free pain relief use TENS therapy

ActivBody TENS therapy

After a diagnosis of sciatic nerve pain, your pain management plan will include several methods of pain relief and should offer drug-free options.

ActivBody is the TENS machine we suggest for sciatica pain.

ActivBody electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief, relaxation and circulation. Plus it will help keep you moving.

  • RELIEVE mode:
    • Fast and lasting pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
    • Circulation and reduced stiffness (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
  • BLOCK mode:
    • Fast acting pain relief (modulated high frequency TENS for pain gating effect)
    • Release of serotonin, if applied for long enough
  • RELAX mode
    • Lasting pain relief (modulated low frequency TENS for release of beta-endorphins)
    • Relaxation (modulated low frequency TENS for release of beta-endorphins)
    • Circulation (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)

TENS sciatica

ActivBody effectiveness

We conducted a survey of 191 customers with sciatica.

Only 4 of them did not achieve satisfactory pain relief using our TENS machine.

Pad placement - sciatica pain

sciatica electrode placement
sciatica electrode placement 
sciatica electrode placement

Settings for Mode, Intensity, Time and Repeat frequency

Everyone has a different level of skin resistance; therefore we cannot specify an exact intensity setting for you. Simply choose a level of intensity where you can feel the stimulation but ensure it is below a level of discomfort. See the table below for examples.

Muscles should not twitch or spasm. So long as you avoid muscle twitching, you cannot overdose.

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Acute pain BLOCKMedium 30 minutesas required
Chronic pain RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesas required
Nagging pain RELIEVELow Overnightas required
Relaxation RELAXLow Minimum 2 hoursas required
Circulation RELAX or RELIEVELow 60 minuteswhen practical
Relieve sciatic pain with a TENS machine

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