Those of you who know how….cringe at the mere mention of Sciatica! I dont blame you. That is not a fun nerve to have pinched!
Ok so what is the sciatic nerve? Its the largest and longest nerve in the body; it runs from each side of the lower spine through deep in the buttock into the back of the thigh and all the way down to the foot. It serves a vital role in connecting the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles. When its inflamed or pinched- pain can radiate from the butt to the knee and even down the whole leg to the foot.
As one of my clients put it …”I was in great pain and virtually incapacitated due to serious sciatica. I could barely sit, work or drive and then only with a large ice pack under my butt. I was miserable.” Yes this starts to mess with your whole life.
What i want everyone to understand is that the nerve becomes pinched because it gets out of place. Everything in the body has a place and purpose. When your posture starts to deviate- muscles/joints will change places and purposes. Any small deviation and you can pinch a nerve- creating intense pain. This also means= any small change in posture can help you just as easily get out of pain!
When you are dealing with Sciatica- its important to understand what your lower back and hips are doing. In relation to each other and its specific function. One of my clients w sciatica- has a flat lower back and doesn’t get alot of extension. Her hips are also rotated and her glut muscles have trouble firing. This has created a pinch/discomfort in the sciatic area. By getting her hips to move/pull out of rotation and fire up the glut muscle (piriformis muscle) she is able to get more mobility in her lower back. This in turn helps the hips to function better. All of this helps the nerve to be repositioned and no longer pinching. Once again this iterates of how the body works as a unit- dysfunctions as a unit- and has to be treated as a unit. Every person suffering from sciatica has different postures/different hip positions. This is why sometimes just stretching the hip/glut out doesn’t relieve the pain. You have to figure out the root cause-to get long term pain relief!
Here are a few of my favorite eCises that can help alleviate Sciatic Pain. Of course these are general but they do help to reposition the hips, engage the glutes, and engage the hip flexors for hip stability. All in all helps shift the nerve into its proper place.
When I went to see Vita for the first time I was in great pain and virtually incapacitated due to serious sciatica. I could barely sit, work or drive and then only with a large ice pack under my butt. I was miserable. Vita made a thorough diagnosis and gave me my first set of exercises. Gradually, the pain started to abate. But with two weeks of daily exercises, the sciatic pain was completely gone. After 7 weeks I’m still a work-in-process to get my spine and bones properly aligned. (I’m 64 years old with 12 knee surgeries including replacements). But the results from posture therapy have been remarkable. My entire skeletal frame and body are healing, and I’m doing things I haven’t done in years, including sleeping great! For anyone with chronic joint or back pain, Vita is a Godsend!—- Raymond
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