Dennis C. Stephens, RMT, NMT, CST, LDT, VMT
Advanced Therapy Center

800 Bering, Ste 227
Houston TX 77057
713-789-0080

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Sciatica

  

Sciatica which is characterized by pain radiating into one or both buttocks and decending the back of the leg, results from compression of the sciatic nerve at the base of the spine or compression of the spinal roots that contribute to the sciatic nerve. The longest nerve in your body, the sciatic nerve runs from your pelvis through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. It divides into the tibial and peroneal nerves at the level of your knees. The sciatic nerve controls many of the muscles in your lower legs and provides feeling to your thighs, legs and feet.

Sciatica – Causes The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging or ruptured disc in the spine pressing against the sciatic nerve. However, sciatica also can be a symptom of other conditions that affect the spine such as narrowing of the spinal canal, bone spurs caused by arthritis or even nerve root compression caused by an injury. In rare cases, sciatica can also be caused by conditions that do not involve the spine such as tumors or pregnancy.

Symptoms – Compressed Sciatic Nerve Pain will radiate through the buttock, down the back of the thigh and leg, often all the way down to the foot. The pain can be sharp or dull, shooting or burning, constant or intermittent. It usually affects just one side of the body. Often times, coughing, sneezing or lifting may exacerbate the symptoms. Occurrences of numbness and weakness of the affected areas may also appear.

Sciatic pain usually goes away on its own in six weeks or so. In the meantime, hot and cold packs, over-the-counter pain relievers, and exercise or physical therapy can help ease discomfort and speed recovery. Surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve may be an option when symptoms don't respond to conservative treatment and pain is chronic or disabling.

Results and expectations from the Advanced Massage Therapy Center: The sciatic pain is usually cause by the inflammation of the sciatic nerve plexus. The main case of this pain is the referral of several muscles to this area. Most practitioners will only treat the pain area, with little or no pain relief. Several large muscles above and below the pain area are referring pain to the area and must be addressed to achieve any lasting relief. Also the hip, leg, and foot alignment must be completed. Several therapies most always are required.

Recommended Therapy: NeuroMuscular Massage, CranioSacral Massage and Lymphatic Drainage