Sciatica and Neurosomatic Therapy
Characterized by pain in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs, Sciatica is caused by a postural distortion that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.
1. Sciatica is a compression of the sciatic nerve.
2. Causes include herniated discs, injury, and muscle tightness along the length of the sciatic nerve.
3. Recognizing the root of sciatica pain is the key to eliminating pain.
4. Neurosomatic Therapy is extremely effective in treating sciatica.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Sciatica is often blamed for any and all pain in the lower body. However, true symptoms of sciatic nerve compression are very specific. The sciatic nerve branches out from the lower back into the hips, buttocks, and legs. Pain often occurs in one side of the body only. Patients may experience the following symptoms:
1. Radiating Pain from Lower Lumbar Spine through Buttock and Down Leg
2. Pain Varies from Mild to Sharp and Burning
3. Pain in One Side of the Body Only
6. Muscle Weakness
Causes of Sciatica
True sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched. This is usually pinched by a herniated disc or bone spur, tumor, or other impairment. Traumatic injury can also damage the nerve and cause pain. The vast majority of Sciatica cases, though, are a result of a postural imbalance. Postures where a spinal curvature has developed may cause someone to experience a herniated disc or overgrowth of bone. For example, you may have a slight leg length discrepancy which causes the hips to misalign. The misalignment prevents weight from being equally distributed on the lower lumbar spine. This, in turn puts pressure on one side of the sciatic nerve causing the symptoms described above. If this postural distortion is allowed to continue, the likelihood that the disc herniation will become worse is very high.
Advanced Non-Surgical Treatment for Sciatica
Correcting the posture and the curvature of the spine can remove the pressure from the sciatic nerve, resolving the pain. Muscle pain caused by spasm, strain, trigger points and reduced blood flow can be the result of the same spinal misalignment. While these issues can contribute to pressures that may eventually cause disc herniation, they are often the main cause of low back pain all by themselves. There are many factors that can contribute to the muscular imbalances involved in a situation like this but, more importantly, recognizing the postural imbalance, which muscles are involved and applying treatment techniques to normalize the imbalance are vital to eliminating pain.
Neurosomatic Therapy takes a systematic, measurable and efficient approach to postural balance. The basis of Neurosomatic Therapy is an extensive evaluation of posture and a deep understanding about consequences for the body when it deviates from a balanced posture. The combination of these two facets of our work is a powerful tool in alleviating pain.