Back Pain: The ONE Thing That Makes Sciatica Worse And What To Do About It

Apr 23, 2021

Back Pain: The ONE Thing That Makes Sciatica Worse
And What To Do About It

It can happen!

You’re going about your day nicely, you feel great and don’t think
twice about any ‘health problems’ because they’re way off in the future anyway,
but then all of a sudden you feel a twinge in your lower-back…

And immediately you know

something’s not right.

Maybe you think that it’s nothing, that after a good nights sleep
it will go away on it’s own. But the thing is when lower back pain strikes,

if you don’t do anything about it quick),

it can leave you
suffering in pain for much longer than you should ever have to.

Which is exactly what happened to one of my patients, Janice, last month…

Janice came in to see
me in a great deal of pain – her pain was so bad that she could hardly get out
of bed by herself in the morning, (not without struggling for anyway!).

Here’s what happened…

three months ago Janice was
simply bending down to empty her dishwasher and put it away when all of a


something in her back went. And like most people
who come to see me with low-back pain, she brushed it off hoping she’d wake up
the next day as if it never even happened.

But the following
day, her pain was

still there.

Janice’s back was
still bad, but she decided to leave it a little longer as she didn’t want to
bother the GP and thought if she just rested for a few more days, the pain
would ease off.

But those days turned
into weeks, and her back pain grew worse and worse – and the problem was, all
of the sitting and resting she was doing to make it ‘better’, was adding
pressure to her back causing a shooting pain to run down her leg, which meant
very little to no walking, and even time off work…

…Also known as


Sciatica is when a
disc at the base of your spine is put under too much pressure… and it irritates
a nerve that runs down your leg – often causing numbness even pins and needles,
as well as pain.

The pain from
Sciatica is often so excruciating it makes it almost impossible to get out of
the house, drive to the shops and even sleep comfortably – and nearly always
gets worse

when you sit.

To put it simply –

it’s a painful and life-limiting condition
that can happen as a result of not getting your back pain seen to as soon as
pain strikes.

But there are things
you CAN do, such as specific exercises to help you get back to feeling healthy
and on your feet again without worrying that your back is going to put you out.

Here’s Three Tips:



for any longer than is absolutely necessary

2. As an exercise –
stand up, put your hands on your bum and lean back –

hold for 10

It will be painful, but you’re helping it the long run

3. When the pain is
bad –

go to bed and lie flat

– avoid the temptation to curl up
in the foetal position… this only makes it worse in the long run even though it
feels nice at the time


If you want more information to recover from Back pain and
Sciatica, I have created an educational workshop event live at my clinic. It’s
a FREE “Low-Back Pain workshop” event hosted myself and Chris for all past
patients, their family and friends…

It’ll last 60 minutes and it’s FREE for you to come along and
discover exactly how you, or a loved one, can finally unlock the agonising
mystery of low-back pain, and how to get back the life that you deserve, for

To make sure you secure your seat in time, give us a call on:

9266 6959.


f you
know anyone who is suffering at the moment and they could benefit from this,
pass our number their way to help put an end to it, quick.

Our upcoming dates can be found




or, You can find more useful tips in our special back pain report.
Please feel free to take a look at our FREE back pain report which can be found



Back Pain

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