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What is sciatica?

Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve; or it might be the symptom of a pinched nerve.

What is Sciatica?

By Mary

Sciatica is a symptom.  It is the name given to pain that is caused by the sciatic nerve.  The pain can vary from a mild tingling, a dull ache, a burning sensation, or it can be an EXCRUCIATING, SHOOTING pain that makes standing or sitting almost impossible.

Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve; or it might be the symptom of a pinched nerve.  Sciatica usually affects one side of the body.

Sciatica usually affects one side of the body. Source: WebMD A Visual Guide to Sciatica http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/ss/slideshow-visual-guide-to-sciatica

The pain from sciatica radiates from the buttock down the back of the leg and can be felt in a number of different locations such as the knee, sole of the foot and the toe.

Can Sciatica Be Prevented?

  • Practicing proper lifting techniques is important. Lift with your back straight, bringing yourself up with your hips and legs, and holding the object close to your chest.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods or lying with pressure on the buttocks
  • Avoid long driving hours in the car.  Take frequent stretching breaks during road trips.
  • Use good posture when sitting, standing, and sleeping.
  • Exercise regularly to strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen.
  • A good exercise routine including stretching exercises to improve flexibility of tight muscles is important.
  • Sleeping with a knee pillow between your knees can help keep your hips in alignment and relieve sciatica.

Can Massage and Bodywork Help?

Absolutely!

  • Massage relieves the muscle spasms caused by the pain from the pinched nerve.
  • Massage helps reduce inflammation and swelling.
  • Massage can assist to realign the pelvis thus helping to reduce and eliminate tension in the affected area.
  • Massage may eventually help the client heal from the sciatica symptoms.  Pressure and techniques will vary from person to person.  Several sessions might be required to relieve the symptoms of sciatica.  Sciatica pain usually goes away with time and rest.

I have treated many clients for sciatic symptoms with massage and bodywork therapy.  Don’t live with the pain, give me a call so that I can help you!  616-456-5033

-Mary

 

Let’s Get Healthy-Step 2

Let’s Get Healthy–Step two!

Published July16, 2017 | By Mary

A second step to good health is the foods that are eaten. We Americans eat way too much food.   Often, our food includes processed meat, fast food, and highly-processed food. We like our sweets. We skip meals because we are in a hurry.  We forget to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day. The food is high in fat, sugar and calories.  This kind of food causes blockages in our arteries, heart, liver, lungs, brain and colon. Eating this way also causes inflammation and disease. Our bodies become “off balance. We start to feel sick. We begin to feel sluggish and tired, we get constipated, feel bloated and gassy.

The foods we should really eat are greens, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs, organic juices and healthy meats. When we eat this way, we will be promoting our good health and have a disease-free body.

Mary

 

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