Suffering from “sciatica”? Do you know if its ‘true’ or ‘acquired’? Chances are that if you had an injury or trauma then it has been sadly unavoidable, but if not – could your Sciatic nerve pain be inflicted by your posture or your habits??
Do you know your body well enough to distinguish between pain being caused by muscle, nerve or bone alignment ? If you can learn this distinction in your body you are on your way to self-fixing like a pro!
Sciatica – true or acquired?
The classic “sciatica” symptoms of pain travelling down the leg are fairly well known. If you have been told you have Sciatica, it could be that it is truly caused by damage to the sciatic nerve that is irreparable and that would be unfortunate. If however the pain is intermittent – there is hope that it is not caused by nerve damage but by muscle or bone impinging on the nerves path and therefore highly likely to be resolved through muscle release and good alignment at the joints.
Understanding your joints
The misaligned joints involved in your hip or leg pain are most likely to be around your Lumbar spine, your Sacro-Iliac joints and your hip joints. Mobilising your Lumbar spine is best done being semi-supine (lying on your back with knees bent and feet down) flexion and extension movements (non-load bearing), as well as some side bending (waist hitching side to side). The sacro-iliac joints will also benefit from these movements, as well as a side to side/swivel action of the pelvis, like a hip lift and lower, on one side at a time, keeping the legs still. The hip joints are ball and socket joints which means you can take them to whatever range of movement feels appropriate for your body, knees over hips and stirring the knees with the hands is a good movement to discover any restrictions or discomfort. If you are tempted to try any of these movements out, please go gently and stop if there is any pain involved. It would be best if you were supervised by a professional.
Understanding the muscles that may be involved
There are 2 muscles you should be aware of in terms of healthy tone and flexibility are: the hamstrings and the piriformis.
Here are some images of their location:
Here are some simple ways to stretch them:
If you can mobilise those joints, stretch and balance these muscles and stabilise the alignment, congratulations! You are on the road to a healthy back and therefore nerve pathways!
Its not easy discovering this for yourself on your own!! I strongly recommend you connect with me online for a session, or if you prefer to have someone local to you invest in an Osteopath, Advanced Massage therapist or Pilates practitioner to help you discover your own body, its bad habits, how it feels when its good and how to get yourself to stay there. Once you learn this for yourself you will forever know what to do if something doesn’t feel in the right place!