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Can a personal trainer help to relieve sciatic pain?

November, 2018

Using the services of a personal trainer in Sutton Coldfield isn’t just about getting back into shape or training for a marathon.

There are a whole host of reasons why people use a PT. For many it is simply a case of wanting to become a bit fitter and to work towards a specific fitness goal however some people use personal trainers to help with other issues in their lives.

In this blog I am going to have a look at sciatic pain, what it is and how using the expertise of a personal trainer can actually help to alleviate your symptoms.

What is sciatic pain?

Sciatic pain, or sciatica, is very common. In fact, up to 40% of people will experience this at least once in their lives.

It is often characterised with a stabbing, shooting or burning pain in the backs of your legs, feet, bottom or back. It comes in episodes that can last a few hours, days or even weeks. For a lot of people it is incredibly painful and can leave you immobile for a period of time.

There are things you can do which can help not only with the pain itself but also work towards preventing it from coming back in the future. While medication can provide short-term relief, exercise is often the best course of action in the long-term.

What exercises help with sciatic pain?

After the pain has diminished the best advice is to get active.

Exercises such as back stretches, yoga, exercise bikes and even activities like water aerobics have all been shown to have a positive impact on sciatic pain in addition to the various other health benefits these exercises bring. One of the worst things you can do after a sciatic pain episode is to remain stationary and even during an episode if moving is painful, simple back stretches can be of great benefit.

The problem is that many people don’t know where to start. They are frightened of aggravating the pain or potentially causing more problems down the line. This is where a personal trainer comes in.

How can a PT relieve your sciatic pain?

A personal trainer is just someone who is there to give you motivation to train. A PT tailors an exercise regime to your needs and this includes working around sciatic pain and taking the necessary steps to prevent it from returning in the future.

By utilising the services of a personal trainer you will help to alleviate the sciatic pain that you are experiencing now and reduce the chances of it coming back with a personalised training regime that incorporates stretches and exercises to suit your needs. Everyone is affected a bit differently by sciatica and this is why your own personal trainer is vital.

If you suffer from sciatic pain or have done in the past, get in touch to find out how I can help to ease your existing symptoms and help prevent future episodes from occurring.

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