Sciatica can be a painful and nasty experience. It manifests as lower back pain but can spread through the leg, buttocks, calf and foot. Our massage therapy can offer relief from the pain and provides you a natural 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 based deep in the buttocks - underneath the glutes. It covers the sacrum (base of the spine) to the top of the femur (thigh bone). Piriformis syndrome occurs if the sciatic nerve becomes irritated by the piriformis muscle. This can incur various symptoms including pain radiating down the back of the leg or pain in one buttock. Symptoms may be worsened by prolonged physical activity or prolonged sitting. It is likely that when pressure is applied, the area will feel tender.
Gluteus Minimis Trigger Points - Of the three gluteal muscles, this is the smallest muscle. It is a fan-shaped, broad muscle, located deep in the buttocks, beneath the glutes medius. Primary trigger points in this muscle can mimic sciatica symptoms including pain or numbness in the buttocks, pain radiating from the side or lower buttock, pain down the back of the thigh or calf, knee, lower leg or ankle. Many people also experience hip pain when walking or rising from a chair.
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 find pain radiating from the side of the back, along the hip and around into the upper groin region. You may also experience pain from the sacroiliac joint and lower buttock, in the hip joint or down the thigh.
All of the above conditions can be treated with massage therapy. Here is what one client had to say about their treatment at LWB:
"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"
Each patient has different symptoms, severity and duration depending on how the sciatica manifests. The pain caused by sciatica caused directly to where the the nerve is being pressurised, i.e the specific nerve root involved. Sciatica pain is usually caused by L5/S1 nerve root irritation through a slipped disc (often called a herniated, prolapsed or bulging disc) which can be extremely painful. It can be caused by spinal stenosis or injury to soft tissues surrounding the nerve which then irritates the root of the nerve.
We provide the full package - including massage therapy and guidance to relieve you from pain you are experiencing - whether the cause is sciatica or another condition. Soft tissue techniques can be applied to reduce nerve pressure and ease muscular tension. All treatment is dependent upon condition, but we recommend an initial consultation which is an hour and is only £40.
For lasting pain relief get in touch today! Contact us for more information or to book in your consultation.