Sciatica and what you need to know.
What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. Sciatica is more appropriately a symptom rather than a disease and is predominantly pain caused by the compression and/or irritation of one of the five spinal nerve roots of each of the sciatic nerves. Sciatic nerve pain can be brought on by pressure on the nerve where it passes through the buttock and sitting on a hard seat. When you are upright and in some cases lying down the weight of your body combined with muscle imbalances and cause your spine to twist or sag producing a bulging disc or sciatic nerve pain that can cause excruciating pain into your buttocks or legs.
What Causes Sciatica?
Generally the body’s overall mechanics have a lot to do with the cause of sciatica. This means that when a person sits or stands the muscle imbalances in their body can cause a disc bulge, disc herniation or disc prolapse as the frame sags or twists under the weight of gravity.
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This causes an increase of pressure on the sciatic nerve which exits around the L4, L5 or S1 region of your spine. In order to gain relief this is what must be treated with special exercises or therapy. An adjustment massage around the area or even stretches which invariably irritate the sciatica problem rather than relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
There are key treatment areas in which to work on in the body to provide real sciatica relief but generally an overall holistic (full body) approach is necessary to rebalance the muscle system and release the pressure from a disc bulge or disc herniation.
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Lumbar Spinal Disc Herniation
Spinal disc herniation is caused by the pressing on any of the lumber or sacral nerve roots which is the most common cause of sciatica being present in approximately 90% of cases (Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 2013). A herniated disc occurs when the soft core of the disc leaks out or herniates through the fibrous outer core and irritates the sciatic nerve root. A herniated disc can also be referred to sometimes as a bulging disc, ruptured disc, slipped disc, protruding disc or a pinched nerve.
Lumbar Spinal Canal Stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition where the spaces the spinal cord runs through narrows and compresses the spinal cord or sciatic nerve roots. This narrowing can be caused by bone spurs, spondylolisthesis, inflammation or a herniated disc in turn lowering the amount of space for the spinal cord pinching and irritating nerves from the spinal cord that travel to the sciatic nerves.
This controversial condition whereas 15% of the population’s sciatic nerve runs through or under the Piriformis muscle rather than beneath it. The Piriformis muscle lies deep underneath the gluteal muscles of the buttocks. The sciatic nerve passes directly underneath the Piriformis muscle. When the Piriformis muscle becomes tense, spasms or swells it can compress the sciatic nerve.
Many therapists have blamed the Piriformis muscle for sciatica however in my experience it is rarely ever the cause and treatment of the Piriformis muscle does not cure sciatica or even provide relief in many cases. The reality is that the Piriformis muscle tightens because of the pelvis not being balanced. Dealing with the Piriformis muscle to relieve sciatic pain is only secondary to discovering the real cause of your back pain or sciatica.
As a result from the weight of the fetus pressing on the sciatic nerve compression can occur and cause numbing of the legs.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one of the vertebras slips over the vertebra below. This can distort the spinal canal and results in the sciatic nerve roots being compressed. Arthritis is a common cause of Spondylolisthesis which commonly affects L4 and L5 the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Whilst disc degeneration is caused naturally by age degenerated discs can cause irritation to the sciatic nerve. Inflammatory proteins from the inside of the disc become exposed and irritate the sciatic nerve.
In very rare cases tumours can cause impinging on the spinal cord or nerve roots. Damage to the spine from for example a car accident can lead to sciatica.
Serious back pain extending to your hips and feet, loss of bladder or bowel control or muscle weakness can result from spinal tumours or Cauda Equina Syndrome.
Sciatica is the name given to many back pain problems that involve the sciatic nerve. Sciatic Pain usually travels down your leg and in severe cases can make it impossible for you to put weight on your leg. Some sciatic cases can only involve pain in just parts of your leg, foot or buttock.
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Sciatic nerve symptoms can include just one or many of the following:
- Shooting type pain traveling along the course of the nerve
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg
- Hot pain in the buttocks
- Pain that is worse when sitting
- Aching pain in the buttocks
- Ankle and foot pain
- Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- A constant pain on one side of the rear
- A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or to walk
- Pins and needles
- Increasing pain when lifting, straining, coughing or sneezing
- Loss of power to the muscles of the leg and foot
Most people can achieve relief from sciatic or at least a short term cure by lying down and taking the gravity related pressure from their body, but in some cases it is very difficult to find a position that is comfortable as the pressure from a bulging disc or disc herniation that has built up on the sciatic nerve in the lower back area.
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Sciatica is often diagnosed by a physical examination, though X-rays, CT Scans, MRI Scans and Electromyograms can aid in the exact causes of the sciatica.
Exercises and stretching often given to relieve sciatica pain irritates the problem further as the tight contracted muscles that come with muscle imbalances do not release when stretched. Instead they often tighten even further due to the lack of circulation getting to the muscle fibres which is the root cause of their dysfunctional state.
The full body, hands on approach for sciatica, taken by an SLM trained therapist in areas in Australia, the UK, NZ or the USA, can be very successful at providing relief for a disc bulge, disc herniation or disc prolapse that causes sciatica or sciatic nerve pain.
“I used your video exercise. Initially I could barely walk on my right leg and only had a rice heat pad to use, but I followed your instructions and it helped immensely”.
Come and see me personally on the Gold Coast if you can and I will give you the fastest most effective treatment available for your sciatica or back pain problem. If I would like to consult me in my clinic personally you can call: 0412 212 208 from anywhere in Australia or on # 61 4 1221 2208 from anywhere in the world or email me. You can also visit me at my clinic: Burleigh Natural Therapies
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“I have been using your techniques for releasing the sciatic nerve and have now been pain free for months! Many congratulations and thanks”. Mike.
I would highly recommend a passive approach to dealing with sciatica at least initially as it is the best way to get relief. Treating it quickly provides you the best relief and helps avoid the sciatic pain progressing to the point where surgery becomes an emergency option.
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NSAIDs or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug e.g. ibuprofen) are the most common initial treatment however evidence is very poor and do not appear to improve pain.
People often end up having unnecessary surgery to release the pressure from a disc bulge that is irritating their sciatic nerve but unfortunately don’t deal with the root problem of muscle imbalances that are causing the pressure. After treating back pain and sciatica for many years, since 1988 I have discovered this is by far the best way to achieve long lasting long term sciatica relief.
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A discectomy can provide short term benefits although long term benefits are the equivalent of conservative care.
Epidural abscess, Epidural tumours and Cauda Equina Syndrome require surgery to treat the cause of compression.
Reports of alternative medicine used to treat sciatica are extremely promising, spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for sciatica.
Acupuncture has been an effective source of pain relief for over 5000 years. While we do not fully understand how it works, acupuncture can assist you pain relief but is not a long term solution.
Chiropractic manipulation can free the restricted movement of the spine and helps restore misaligned vertebrae to their proper positions. Spinal adjustment can reduce sciatic nerve irritability responsible for inflammation, muscle spasms, pain and other sciatica symptoms. Adjustments are usually not painful and spinal manipulation has proven to be safe and effective. This often treats the symptom rather than the cause.
Osteopathy is a drug-free non-invasive alternative medicine that holistically treats sciatica using manual techniques to balance the body. Treatment may include soft tissue stretching which increases blood flow and improves flexibility of joints and muscles.
Massage Therapy can be an effective treatment option for sciatic pain which responds favourably to soft tissue techniques.
Treatments that focus on one part of the body expecting to provide sciatica relief do nothing for the overall imbalances causing the sciatic problem and have little lasting effects on sciatic nerve pain.
Treating simply the symptom is just like replacing a tyre on a car that is worn on one side without doing a proper wheel alignment. The new tyre will be under the same pressure and misalignment causing the new tyre to end up just like that last. Similarly this is exactly why most sciatica treatments do not provide long term relief and the sciatic pain simply returns at some point down the track.
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A Few Words from Sciatic Back Pain Sufferers
“I thought I would give your technique a go as I had been unable to relieve the pain any other way. I was having chiropractic help but did as you suggested with the balls and I found great relief from doing this exercise, it really does work!! So simple yet effective”. “Hi there and thank you for the self-help tips. I have used the instant relief technique and was surprised to find progressive relief over a period of days”.
“The exercise you showed on your site helped me greatly, thank you. I still do it from time to time which helps”. Regards Wendy Appleby
“The good news is, by carrying out your treatment exercises for SCIATICA 3 times a week. I am now able to drive about 200 miles without pain, brilliant. But a year ago the sciatica pain would lock in, after approximately 10 minutes. Many thanks”. Best regards Derek
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“I thought I had sciatica pain and could feel uncomfortable pain shooting down my left leg to a point that it was disturbing my sleep. When I found your website, I tried the instant relief technique and I had a very good result at first go and the pain eased off and is now completely gone”. Warm regards Hossein
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“I have tried the instant relief technique with good results thus far. Early days but already a mass improvement”. Many thanks, Neil
“My contact was for help for my 83 year old mum who had just been diagnosed with sciatica (amongst several other ailments she is burdened with). As soon as we watched the video, I showed her how to go through the procedure. To my amazement, she has been using the technique regularly – with great results, to the point where she is no longer experiencing pain down her leg or hip…. thankfully, we are on top of this one thanks to your technique”. Many thanks (on behalf of mum) RON BERNECICH
“I found your ball technique like a magic trick and even though that was an instant cure for my pain, I wanted to buy your program to show my gratitude”.
“I have been using the instant relief technique and the muscle balance exercises which I find extremely helpful. My back and body feels improvement each time I do the above, at the moment it is once per week”. Thanks Kyron
“The first time I did the instant relief it was pure agony for me, the pain in my leg was that bad, I was almost in tears, but I didn’t give up, I’ve done it every 3 days, and I can at last walk again! The pain is so much better, and I’ll never be without it again, thank you so much for your help, it’s been a total miracle to me”. Regards Michelle Sperring
“I would like to thank you for this simple but profoundly effective technique. I immediately noticed the pain subside after the exercise which took around an hour. I am almost pain free now, without the use of any drugs or expensive treatments, many, many thanks to you”. Kind Regards Emma
“Mate, bloody amazing thank-you”. Jim
“I would like to say I have been doing the exercises regularly & my sciatica has gone, it is quite hard for me as I am in my 80′s but pretty active so I will plod on & try to keep going”. Thanks Audrey Clark
“I am trying a simplified version of the video, as I’m 75 years old. My back is much
better and weird symptoms in the legs have lessened. THANKS”.
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