Sciatica is extremely painful and unpleasant. It may be suspected if you are suffering with lower back pain. It radiates from the buttocks, through the leg, calf and foot. Massage therapy can be a great alternative to painkillers as it provides a natural, lasting solution.
Although many people assume they have sciatica when they suffer with the above symptoms, there are many other muscles which could be the root of the cause:
Piriformis Syndrome - Although the piriformis is small - it can cause huge problems! It is located deep in the buttocks - under the glutes - it runs from the base of the spine (the sacrum) to the thigh bone (top of the femur). This occurs if the sciatic nerve has become compressed or irritated by the piriformis muscle. Symptoms include discomfort in one buttock or pain radiating down the leg. Symptoms may worsen by prolonged sitting or physical activity. The area may feel tender when palpated or pressure applied.
Gluteus Minimis Trigger Points - This is the smallest of the three gluteal muscles. It is fan-shaped and broad, located in the buttocks, on the outside of the hip, beneath the glutes medius. Primary trigger points in this muscle mimic sciatica symptoms, for example, pain/numbness in the buttocks, pain radiating from the lower buttock, down the thigh and into the calf or pain radiating from the side of the buttock, the side of the thigh, knee, lower leg and to the ankle. You may also suffer with hip pain whilst walking and pain when rising from a chair.
Quadratus Lumborum - Located on either side of the lower back, this muscle connects the top of the pelvis to the spine and ribs. If this muscle spasms, you may experience pain radiating from the side of the pack, along the hip and around into the upper groin region. Also, you may experience pain over the sacroiliac joint and lower buttock, or pain down the thigh or hip joint.
These conditions are all treatable, even if you think you may have 'true sciatica,' it could be one of the above conditions. Here is what a client had to say about their treatment with 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"
Sciatica manifests differently from patient to patient, with differences in symptoms, severity and duration. Pain caused by sciatica corresponds to where the nerve is being compressed, i.e the specific nerve root involved. More often than not, sciatica pain is caused by L5/S1 nerve root irritation via a slipped disc (also called a herniated, prolapsed or bulging disc) which causes extreme discomfort. But it also can be caused by spinal stenosis or injury to soft tissues surrounding the nerve which irritates the nerve root.
We use soft tissue techniques, which are aimed at easing muscular tension and reducing nerve pressure. We provide you with all of the massage therapy and advice you need to relieve you from the pain you are experiencing. Your treatment will be determined upon condition. We recommend an initial consultation of an hour which is only £40.
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