How Can Magnetic Therapy Relieve Sciatica?
This article explains what is sciatica, how it arises and which magnetic therapy
devices are the most effective at treating the pain associated with sciatica.
What is Sciatica?
The longest nerve in your body, the sciatic nerve runs from your pelvis through
your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. It divides into the tibial and
peroneal nerves at the level of your knees. The sciatic nerve controls many of
the muscles in your lower legs and provides feeling to your thighs, legs and
The term sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve,
from your back into your buttock and leg. The discomfort can range from mild to
incapacitating, and may be accompanied by tingling, numbness or muscle weakness.
Rather than a disorder in and of itself sciatica is a symptom of another problem
that puts pressure on the nerve.
What are the signs and symptoms of Sciatica?
Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the
back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. You may feel the discomfort almost
anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it's especially likely to follow one of
•From your lower back to your knee.
•From the mid buttock to the outside of your calf, the top of your foot and into
the space between your last two toes.
•From the inside of your calf to your inner ankle and sole.
The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or
excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock.
Sciatic pain often starts gradually and intensifies over time. It's likely to be
worse when you sit, cough or sneeze. Usually only one lower extremity is
In addition to pain, you may also experience:
•Numbness or muscle weakness along the nerve pathway in your leg or foot. In
some cases, you may have pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another.
•Tingling or a pins-and-needles feeling. This occurs most commonly in your toes
or part of your foot.
•A loss of bladder or bowel control. This is a sign of cauda equina syndrome, a
rare but serious condition that requires emergency care. If you experience
either of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately.
Magnetic therapy for sciatica.
Sciatica can resolve by itself but this can take many weeks or even months. You
can however quite rapidly reduce the symptoms of sciatica with magnets. As with
all magnetic therapy treatments, the magnets have to be placed as close to the
area of pain as possible, this will be the lower (lumbar) region of the back.
Even though you may have pain down your legs or in your buttocks the cause is
still in the lower back. When you treat the back area and the sciatica resolves
then the pain running down the leg and buttocks will also dissipate.
There are really only 2 magnetic therapy devices that are effective in treating
1.A magnetic therapy back strap or support. The functional straps and supports
can be placed directly over the area of pain. If the sciatica is very low in the
back then a narrow strap will be more practical and altogether more comfortable
than a wide support, as it fits snugly around the hip area and will stay over
the compressed nerve. A wider support is effective if the sciatic pain is higher
and nearer to the waist area. As with all magnets the straps/supports need to be
worn for 24 hours and 7 days a week until the pain has gone.
therapy bed pad. If for any reason what so ever you cannot wear
a back belt or support the only alternative is to use a pad placed under your
back in bed at night. It can also be used during the day when sitting or lying
down (even in the car). You will not have 24 hours 7 day a week exposure to the
magnets but if you cannot wear a strap this is an acceptable alternative as long
as it is used every might when the body is at its most receptive to magnetic
When magnetic therapy is used in-conjunction with
deep penetrating massage and
cold/ice therapy, the symptoms of sciatica can be resolved in just a few days.
Massage will relax the muscles that have gone into spasm around the trapped
nerve, the cold or ice will help reduce the inflammation and heat around the
injury and both of these will prepare the tissues and muscles, so that the
magnetic field can penetrate more quickly into the damaged area. Massage and ice
therapy can be used 3-4 times a day for approximately 10 minutes at a time.
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