Posted by: Chris | 2009/11/02

Pinched nerve/ sciatica

Hi - not sure which it is ! I first had this about four years ago and it lasted about 8 - 10 weeks. Currently have had it for about two weeks. Symptoms are stiff low back, tight hamstrings and tingling/numbness - mainly down the legs but also down the arms/ hands and sporadically all over the body ! When I first had this I had xrays and all were clear - I saw a biokineticist who prescribed a strict stretching regime which I am now doing twice a day. The symptoms seem to be from sitting at my desk and I have no pain as such - more discomfort (I work about 10 hours a day all at the desk). In the morning I' m 100% and as the workday progresses it gets worse. Symptoms are greatly relieved when I get up and walk around. Besides stretching and massage is there amy other treatement which may help. I' m going on leave soon thank goodness!

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Your biokineticist has offered you the best advice. Long sedentary hours are often the cause of such symptoms. You need to look at the ergonomics of your office surround - seating, PC height etc.....
A good idea too to take a 16 to 20 walk every evening after you get home. This would be about a 2km quick walk - and it will do you the world of good.

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