The sciatic nerve can be a real pain in the butt…literally! Sciatic pain is one of the most common ailments that I help alleviate on a daily basis.
Sciatic pain is usually described as a sharp, weak or tingling pain in the buttock region that can radiate all the way down to your toes. This kind of pain can put a damper on your active lifestyle, making it difficult to stand up or even walk.
But before I tell you how my techniques can help rid or reduce your sciatic pain, let’s have a little anatomy lesson first.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It begins in your lower back at L4 – L5 and travels all the way down the back of your legs. At the knee it branches off into smaller nerves (Tibial and Peroneal) that travel down to your toes. The sciatic nerve runs under the piriformis muscle in the gluteal region of the body. That’s why piriformis syndrome and sciatica symptoms are so similar.
Sciatic pain occurs when the sciatic nerve is being impinged or irritated by a bulging disc, herniated disc or tight muscles. Spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and arthritis can also play a role in sciatic pain.
So with all of that said, how can my massages help?
Though many of the causes of sciatic pain are chronic, my massage techniques can help reduce the pain and make mobility easier by loosening the fascia and muscles around the nerve. If it’s your piriformis muscle that is irritating the sciatic nerve; massage can possibly get rid of the pain completely depending on if you have other trauma affiliated with your condition.
I have had great success with reducing and eliminating lower back and leg pain caused by the sciatic nerve.
Give me a call today so I can get you back swinging in the game of life.
Crystal Van Denabeele, LMT – MA43096
RevitaTouch Therapeutic Massage