Sciatica is a medical condition which results in sharp pains that start in the buttock region, runs down the sides, front, and back of the leg, and in some cases, heads all the way to the feet. Typically this only effects one side of the body, however it may run down both sides in some people. Those with Sciatic may experience lower back pain which could range in feeling from a dull ache to stabbing severe pains.
This condition plagues nearly 30% of the population and does not discriminate on whom it effects. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve of the body measuring roughly about the width of your thumb. Technically, the sciatic nerve is actually 3 nerves in one and measures as long as it is wide. This is due to the fact that its branches run down the leg and all the way into the foot.
The gluteal muscles are the largest in the body, underneath them lies the piriformis muscle which happens to lie on top of the sciatic nerve in some people. When this happens the piriformis muscle pulls on the pelvis which causes the hips to twist, it pinches the sciatic nerve, and can twist the spine all the way to the neck which has the potential to cause other issues like shoulder and neck pain as well as headaches.
People who sit or stand for long periods of time, as well as runners, are at risk of experiencing Sciatica. This is because standing, just as sitting, causes all the body's weight to bear down on the hips. Runners are commonly afflicted, as repetitive running routines flex the hips; a motion which is an aggravating factor for the piriformis muscle. Additionally, Sciatica afflicts people who sit for long periods of time. This usually happens because the weight of the entire upper half of the body bears down on the hips when they are in their most relaxed state.
The best way to alleviate the symptoms of Sciatica are specialized stretching routines. The techniques you'll find here at Back in Balance Massage & Bodyworks are used to stretch and release the piriformis muscle, which when worked on, can often be painful to work on. The benefits, however, are felt immediately after treatment, and in some cases can last far into the future.
Finding a massage therapist who's well-versed in gluteal massage can be a difficult task, as many therapists may not be trained in this specialized field. While many therapists may claim they know how to alleviate sciatica discomfort, they may simply not have the knowledge, skills, or technical training to follow through with their promises. At Back in Balance Massage & Bodyworks, we specialize in Sciatica relief and strive to be the best in the business. The techniques utilized by our highly-trained massage therapists has been proven time and again to provide pain relief for our clients, and they couldn't be happier. If you are afflicted by this painful condition, you should give us a try and see if our service can improve upon your overall state of well-being.
Written by Rachel Weidemann
August 17th, 2016