Mobility problems and debilitating pain can occur as a result of Sciatica. The condition in some serious cases lead to numbness in the upper thighs, to lower extremity weakness, and/or loss of bladder or bowel control.
WHAT SCIATICA PRESENT?
From the lower part of the spinal column, through the buttocks, down into the legs extend the sciatic nerve the largest nerve in the body. That’s the result why sciatica causes pain through the whole lower body.
There are different nerve pain, but the most common conditions causing sciatic pain is a herniated disc which presses on the sciatic nerve. Pain can be the result of any pressure or irritation of the sciatic nerve at any point whether the source of the irritation is an adjacent muscle, bone, or tumor.
The cause of sciatica pain is a tight or misaligned muscle.
Piriformis muscle starts from the front of the sacrum than through the pelvic cavity to attach at the top of the femur. It’s woven through bone and other muscles, and it can be missed when diagnosing sciatica.
When the piriformis constricts the sciatic nerve and other nerves in the gluteus this syndrome occurs. A misaligned piriformis can cause many types of pain in the lower back and extremities.
Consider yourself fortunate—it’s treatable without surgery, physical therapy, or pharmaceuticals if the cause of your back pain is due to the piriformis muscle rather than a herniated disc,
HOW TO TREAT SCIATICA PAIN
Stretching reduces inflammation and/or misalignment and relieving nerve pain as a result. Below are two exercises that target the piriformis:
1. With your legs flat lie on your back. Up toward the chest pull the affected leg, while holding your left knee with your left hand and grasping the ankle with the other hand. Pull the knee towards your opposite leg leading by the ankle, until you feel a light stretch—do not force the ankle or knee beyond the stretch. Stay in that position for 30 seconds, then slowly return to the starting position. Repeat three times.
2. On the floor lay with the affected leg crossed over the other leg at the knees and both legs bent. Then pull up the lower knee toward the shoulder on the same side of the body until the stretch is felt. Stay in that position for 30 seconds, then return to starting position. Make three repetitions.
- Devil’s claw has a name like that thanks to the tiny hooks that cover its fruit. As an anti-inflammatory painkiller, the roots and tubers of the plant are used as well as for arthritis, headache, and lower back pain. It can be found in natural food stores in powder form or capsules. People that suffer from peptic ulcers or taking blood-thinning medication should avoid this herb.
- Hot and cold compresses effectively reduce inflammation and relieve pain. On the affected area hold ice pack, followed by a heating pad, then replaced by the ice pack will enhance blood flow to the area and loosen tight muscles.
- St. John’s wort herb when applied topically ease the pain. Health food stores carry this herb, as an anti-depressant.
- Trigger point therapy release of muscle constriction. Because of its location in the pelvis, it may be a little uncomfortable for the therapist to reach the piriformis but the resulting pain relief is well worth it.
The piriformis will back in its place if you use both massage therapy and stretching it put t—it will reducing pressure on the sciatic nerve and alleviating pain. Other options include yoga therapy chiropractic care and acupuncture.
Pressure is necessary when working with sciatica; because people who had experienced the pain of sciatic nerve compression will tell you that sudden or rough movement will instigate shooting pain. To provide long-term relief combination of the above strategies may work best.