Sciatica can be very painful and unpleasant, initially manifesting as lower back pain which can spread through the buttocks, leg, calf and foot. Massage therapy tackles the pain from the source and can provide an alternative to painkillers.
Many people assume they have sciatica, but it could be many other conditions causing the pain -
Piriformis Syndrome - The piriformis is a small muscle which is located depp in the buttocks - underneath the glutes. It runs from the sacrum (base of the spine) to the top of the femur (thigh bone). Piriformis syndrome can occur if the sciatic nerve becomes irritated by the piriformis muscle. Symptoms include pain radiating down the back of the leg or pain and discomfort in one buttock. Symptoms may be worsened by prolonged sitting or physical activity. When pressure is applied, it is likely the area will feel tender.
Gluteus Minimis Trigger Points - There are three gluteal muscles, this particular muscle being the smallest. It is a broad, fan-shaped muscle, located deep in the buttocks, beneath the glutes medius. Primary trigger points in this muscle mimic sciatica symptoms: including numbness/pain in the buttocks, pain radiating from the side or lower buttock, pain down the back of the thigh and into the calf, knee, lower leg or ankle. You may also experience hip pain whilst rising from a chair or walking.
Quadratus Lumborum - This muscle is located on either side of the lower back, connecting the spine and ribs to the top of the pelvis. You may experience pain radiating from the side of the back, along the crest of the hip or around into the upper groin region. You may also experience pain from the sacroiliac joint and lower buttock region, down the thigh or over the hip joint.
All of the above conditions are treatable. "Absolute miracle, I have suffered for 10 years. My first appointment I could barely walk and I walked out the appointment normally and a different person. Doctors have given me so many different diagnosis not really knowing what was wrong, but here, he took one look at me and knew exactly what was wrong. Fantastic, thank you so much" is what one of our clients had to say about the treatment they received at LWB.
Many patients experience different symptoms, severity and duration depending on how the sciatica manifests. The pain caused by sciatica caused directly to where the nerve is being compressed, i.e the specific nerve root involved. Sciatica pain is caused by L5/S1 nerve root irritation via a slipped disc (often called a herniated, prolapsed or bulging disc) which can be extremely unpleasant. It may be caused by spinal stenosis or injury to soft tissues surrounding the nerve which irritates the nerve root.
We will provide you with all of the therapy and advice you need to relieve you from the pain you are experiencing, whether it be sciatica or another problem. Several soft tissue techniques can be applied which reduces nerve pressure and eases muscular tension. Your treatment is dependant upon condition, but we usually recommend an initial consultation of an hour which is only £35.
For lasting, effective pain relief for sciatica - look no further! Contact us today for more information and to book in your consultation.