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

SportsMed TENS therapy

After a diagnosis of sciatic nerve compression your management plan should include treatment as often as possible.

SportsMed is the TENS, ECS and EMS machine we suggest to reduce pain and inflammation of the sciatic nerve.

SportsMed electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief. It is also designed and programmed to aid circulation, reduce inflammation, hasten healing and help with muscle strengthening.

  • RELIEVE mode:
    • Pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
    • Early stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
  • RECOVERY mode - injury healing
    • Later stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency EMS and ECS; surging, medium intensity)
  • EXERCISE mode - muscle strengthening
    • Rehabilitation stage (high frequency EMS; surging, medium to high intensity)

RELIEVE mode effectiveness for sciatica

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

SportsMed treatment guide

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Pain relief RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesOn demand
Muscle soreness RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily for 1 or 2 days
Scar tissue RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily as needed
Soft tissue healing RECOVERMedium 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
Circulation RELIEVE or RECOVERLow 60 minutesas often as needed
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium 5 to 15 minutes3 times per day
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium to high 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
On RELIEVE mode – muscles should not contract or twitch
On RECOVER mode – muscles should contract, mildly
On EXERCISE mode – muscles should contract, mildly or strongly – as required
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