Sciatica

Sciatia and Stretching

Working on Your Sciatica With a Stretching Routine

Lots of the clients who come for back massage or sports massage in Ely Cambs are suffering from sciatica. So what exactly is sciatica? In simple terms if it is muscular then it is caused by one of your buttock muscles pressing on your sciatic nerve and irritating it which will send symptons down your leg.

If you have visited your GP and he thinks your problem is caused by compression of the nerve by muscle rather than a herniated disc then he may well have sent you away with a prescription for pain killers and you are not sure what you should be doing about this discomfort now.

Well firstly, if you keep living your life the way you have been living it, it’s pretty certain this won’t be the only episode of sciatica you suffer. You can’t change your job or your commute – unless you live quite close to work in which case you could get up a little earlier and walk it. What you can change is what you do with your body in your leisure time. Seek out a remedial massage therapist to give you some advice on your posture and how to correct it, some hands on physical therapy to ease the symptoms and advice about a sequence of stretching to loosen up your tight muscles.

Stretching and massage can help you to get you body back to functional balance. Even in people who exercise regularly muscles can become imbalanced. Some will become short and tight and will pull the skeleton in odd directions causing pinching and pain. Think about it , you have a big pile of letters, you need an elastic band on each end to secure all these letters but you have one short thick one and one long thin one. How is your pile of letters going to look when you have secured it? It’s going to look wonky! That is how your body will look with one tight muscle and one overstretched one, the tight one needs stretching to restore balance.

Fixing sciatica need not always be a major thing and seeing a remedial massage therapist could well help you make big changes to your life.

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Sciatica

Treament and stretches for sciatica pain

Even fit people suffer from low back pain. If you are a runner you may still have the muscular problems associated with the pain of sciatica, Especially if you run to counterbalance a fairly sedentary working life.

Many people consider they are doing everything right because they are at least exercising regularly but if I ask patients who come to my practice in Ely Cambs for massage whether they stretch regularly and effectively the response is usually a wry grin.

It’s great to put in place massage to help with the recovery of your muscles, at least monthly but more if time and money allows. Without stretching too you are doing yourself a disservice. The hip rotator muscles work very hard whilst you are pounding the streets,this can lead to problems with the piriformis and commonly the tensor fascia lata. tightness in both these muscles leads to deep hip pain. Trigger points in the piriformis are very common and problems with this muscle are very often associated with sciatic pain.

Even if you don’t run, using the legs uses these same muscles so walking a distance which is unusual for you and then returning to sitting for long periods can also cause sciatic pain. I would also add here that it is beneficial to keep your weight within a healthy range. Extra stresses and strains placed on muscles by carrying more load than they are meant to will eventually cause problems even when doing normal day to day activities.

A good set of stretches for runners can be found at www.runnersworld.co.uk/quicklinks/stretching