A common cause of chronic and referred pain is compression of the sciatic nerve - also called Sciatica
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)
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
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.
|Acute pain||BLOCK||Medium||30 minutes||as required|
|Chronic pain||RELIEVE||Low to medium||Minimum 60 minutes||as required|
|Nagging pain||RELIEVE||Low||Overnight||as required|
|Relaxation||RELAX||Low||Minimum 2 hours||as required|
|Circulation||RELAX or RELIEVE||Low||60 minutes||when practical|