Sciatica Pain

Do you suffer from sciatica pain? Are you someone who wakes in the morning dreading getting out of bed, scared that pain will shoot down your leg. Does sciatica rule your life and stop you from so many activities you would love to do?

Read on to find the answers to the 3 big questions people ask about sciatica. What is it, why does it happen and what is the ONLY essential step in removing it.

Vital questions you need answers to if you want to know more about your pain and how you can eliminate it quickly.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica pain is a common and debilitating condition. Yet it is not always diagnosed correctly, leaving many people unaware of what they can do.

The sciatica nerve is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down your leg to the ankle and foot. If irritated anywhere along it path and sciatic pain occurs. The most common site of irritation is your lower back and pelvis.

A common mistake made in sciatica diagnosis is where the pain is. Unless your pain runs down the back of your leg... the pain you are experiencing is not sciatica.

Sciatica pain has a definite pattern to it. To have 'true' sciatic pain you need irritation to the sciatica nerve - you therefore need to have:

  • lower back pain (although this may be minor or possibly non-symptomatic)

  • pain traveling down the back of your leg

  • pain tends to spasm or may be a gnawing, toothache type pain.

If pain is in the front of your leg, or you just have general lower back and leg pain, you are more than likely not suffering from sciatic pain. This is a lesser problem.

What are the causes of sciatica pain

The causes of lower back pain are confusing even at the best of times. What causes you pain is actually different to the mechanisms that create your pain. Confused already?

The 'true' causes are the underlying causes of low back pain. The confusion is due to mis-education. The causes are why pain occurs, why you get low back pain or sciatica. This is generally not structural, unless you have had a fall or injury. The true causes are the day to day build of stress... physically and emotionally. However...

The mechanisms that create your sciatic pain are straight forward, and knowing these mechanisms helps you to use the correct sciatica treatment, whether it is sciatica home treatment (self help techniques), sciatica stretching or seeking help for sciatic nerve treatment.

So what are the mechanisms creating sciatic pain?

Lower Back Distortion

When the joints and the muscles surrounding them fail to function correctly, lower back pain occurs. The sciatica nerve is formed by 5 nerve roots (nerves exiting the spine). If one or more joints are disrupted irritation occurs at this level.

Pelvic Distortion

With any lower back pain, or back pain in general, the pelvis distorts. One side moves forward and the opposite moves backwards. This is a protective mechanism, which helps to take pressure off the joints that are irritated - just look at when you limp or your back is tender, your pelvis height changes so it appears as if one leg is shorter... this is pelvic distortion.

As the sciatica nerve runs through the pelvis, if the pelvis distorts it creates nerve tension and the sciatica nerve becomes stretched, creating sciatica pain.

Piriformis Tightness

The most common causes of sciatic pain is the Piriformis. If you do not have lower back pain, and only have sciatic pain, the reason is your Piriformis muscle. The sciatica nerve runs through the muscles fibers of the Piriformis. If the muscle tightens then the nerve is irritated and sciatica pain occurs.

The muscle is tightened from numerous causes - lower back problems, pelvis distortions, over use of the muscles, fatigue and many other factors.

The solutions to your sciatica are therefore straight forward. You need to relax the muscles in your pelvis, change the pelvic distortion and also correct any lower back issue.

The first step in sciatica relief

There is only ever one essential step in removing your sciatica pain. This one step is the biggest reason why people end up living in pain for longer than they should.

You will have read all the terrible statistics about sciatica - that only 25% of people become pain free, that surgery is no better than conservative treatment, and conservative treatment has poor results.

The reason for this is most people miss the most important step, actually the only vital step in sciatica pain relief.

You cannot remove any pain until you know where it comes from. Sure I just mentioned all the distortion patterns above.

But did you know there are 4 ways your spine and pelvis will twist and distort. Unless you know which way you are "twisted" you will not know how to correct the imbalances.

Too many people fail in their efforts to relieve sciatic pain because they use generic techniques and exercises. You need to be specific if you want to have long-term relief from sciatica pain.

If you can find these patterns, you can also use the same techniques to make sure they ease and disappear.

What is the best approach to ease your sciatica pain?

To get long lasting results you must both remove the symptoms and the cause. First you must identify which spinal imbalances are present, then attack the symptomatic processes. This can be achieved by using many techniques from ice/heat, Acupressure and anti-inflammatory measures. Then you must perform corrective techniques that target the spinal imbalances.

The principles of Spinal Balancing address the both the pain and the root cause of the condition that is responsible for your lower right back pain. Through self assessments, your individual spinal imbalances can be identified, and a targeted corrective program can be developed for your specific needs.


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