What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is pain that radiates from your lower back and run down to the side of your legs. It can range from a mild ache to sharp, severe pain. You can also get numbness, tingling, and weakness in your leg or foot.

Sciatica usually starts with a herniated disk in your lumbar area which is the lower back. Your vertebrae which is the bones that make up your spine are separated and cushioned by flat, flexible, round disks of connective tissue. When a disk gets worn down either from an injury or just years of use, its soft centre can begin to push out from the hard outer ring.

When a disk herniates, it might put pressure on the nerves around it. This can cause a lot of pain when that happens to be the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It starts in your lower back and splits to run through your hips, buttocks, legs, and feet on both sides. Bone spurs and spinal stenosis  can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower back. When that happens, it can cause a lot of problems all the way down the nerve.

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Sciatica Symptoms

  • Acute low back pain (not always present, especially in piriformis syndrome).
  • Pain radiating down the leg.
  • This pain may be sharp and accompanied by pins and needles and / or numbness.
  • Sciatica pain is often triggered by a minor movement such bending over to pick something up.
  • Pain may be worse by sitting, lifting, coughing or sneezing.
  • Pain is usually relieved by lying down, often on one side.
  • Pain is often better in the morning after a nights rest.
  • There may be muscle spasm in the lower back.
  • Tenderness in the lower back when pressing in.

Potential Causes of your Sciatica are:

By far the most common is muscle knots, technically known as trigger points.

Most common cause is impingement of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle deep in the buttock, which is called piriformis syndrome. A piriformis muscle contracted enough to cause this problem invariably contains trigger points that also radiate pain down the back of the leg, and so the two problems usually co-exist. It can be extremely difficult to tell the difference between symptoms of the nerve pinch, and symptoms of piriformis and other muscular trigger point

In an unlucky minority, the sciatic nerve actually passes through the piriformis muscle, rather than underneath it. This probably results in a much greater vulnerability to sciatic nerve irritation a kind of super piriformis syndrome, fundamentally the same as regular piriformis syndrome but with a hair trigger. In this case, sciatic nerve impingement is usually a more significant factor.

By far the least common cause of sciatica is an intervertebral disc herniation pressing on the roots of the sciatic nerve in the low back. As with piriformis syndrome, the symptoms are often primarily caused by muscular dysfunction. Disk herniations are routinely asymptomatic they only tend to cause problems when certain other unknown factors are present, one of which is probably the presence of severe trigger points in the lumbar muscles.

Sport Massage therapists helps alleviate sciatic nerve pain in 2 ways:

Tight lower back muscles can place stress on your nerve roots. Sport Massage therapists will help to loosens these muscles and helps prevent pinching or irritation.

Sport massage therapists encourages the release of pain-fighting endorphins and this can provide temporary relief from symptoms like the throbbing pain in your foot or the burning sensation in your leg.

During your visit your condition will be assessed and steps taken to assist with your rehabilitation. After the session FREE muscle stretching sheets can be provided to assist with healing your injury. It is recommended that you continue these exercises at home to speed up the healing process. To book in for a session, please call Jade Tran on 0425 444 304. I hope you found the article helpful in further understanding your symptoms. Any opinions expressed within my articles/blog are from my personal perspective, not that of my Professional Associations / Educational Institutions
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