Sciatica Numbness Running

Sciatica Leg Pain Relief

{\rtf1\ansi\ansicpg1252\deff0\deflang2057{\fonttbl{\f0\fnil\fcharset0Arial;}{\f1\fnil\fcharset0 Calibri;}} {\*\generator Msftedit;}\viewkind4\uc1\pard\sa200\sl276\slmult1\qj\lang9\fs36Hi, I'm Paula Moore The Chiropractor and I'm going to show you a sciatica leg pain reliefexercise. It should be know that the majority of people who come to see me as patients whohave been diagnosed with sciatica, don't have true sciatica. They do have leg pain thatis mimicking sciatica. In other words, it is running through the buttocks and down thethight, right down to the ankle but it stems from a different place. It's not the sciaticnerve. It is from a tight muscle in the buttocks, known as the piriformis muscle. It clampsdown over the sciatic nerve giving you sciaticlike

symtoms. \parYou chiropractor can tell the difference between these two. True sciatica and a piriformismuscle problem. I'm going to show you a stretch to get rid of the piriformis muscle problemand the resultant leg pain. If you do this stretch and notice your leg pain startingto decrease, you probably didn't have true sciatica and that's great, because sciaticais harder to treat. \par So you want to sit fairly close to the walland swing your legs up so your heels touch the wall. If you leg pain is on the left,then take your left ankle and place it over your left knee. Now some of you might findthat this position is already very difficult

to get into because your piriformis musclehas become very tight. If you want to increase the stretch, shuffle up closer to the wallwith your buttocks. If you want to deepen the stretch yet again, slide your right foot down thewall so that your knee is bent. You can increase the stretch by gently bringing the left kneetoward your opposite shoulder. That is the perfect position to lie in for the next sixtyseconds using your breathing to relax. \par Do the stretch on both sides, even if yoursymptoms are only on the left, as you need to stay symmetrical. 60 seconds on both sides.Remember to increase the stretch by pulling your knee gently toward the opposite shoulderor by sliding the opposite leg down the wall.

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How to Treat Foot and Toe Numbness When Exercising

Hi. Today I'm going to talk about numb andtingling feet that occur during exercise. So what we're talking about is often numbnessthat often occurs under the ball of the foot and up near the toes while bicycling. It oftenhappens on an elliptical machine; less commonly it happens during running and walking typeof activities. So what has happened here is a condition called compressive neuropathy.If you look at this foot, we're looking at the nerves on top of the foot here. Thereis a actually a similar set of nerves right on the bottom of the foot and if there's excessivepressure on these nerves that can cause numbness and cause pressure to those nerves, damageto the nerves, and then numbness from that

point of irritation forward. So the nice thingis this is usually pretty easy to treat. The first thing we want to do is take thepressure off this area. I think the first critical thing to say about this is make sureyour shoes fit and make sure there's plenty of room for you, especially on bike shoeswhich tend to run kind of narrow. You want to make sure there's no compression this way.So always buy your bike shoes at the end of the day. It's actually best to go for a longbike ride and then go buy shoes. The guy in the shoe store may not like you so much, butyou'll get a better fitting shoe. The other option is to try on the shoes with two pairof socks. That way you can actually start

your ride wearing two pair of socks and thenhalfway through the ride if your feet start to get numb, you can take off one pair asyour feet start to swell. So that takes care of the swelling issue. Second thing we want to do is transfer pressureoff of this area. Some simple ways to do that, both that you can try yourself and if that'snot enough, you can come in and see us and we can do a better job at, usually, firstthing is to use an arch support in your athletic shoes whether they be bicycle shoes, againor running shoes you might use on an elliptical machine. The idea is that you want an orthoticthat grabs the arch extremely tight, because

we're trying to transfer pressure off of thisarea and get it onto the ball of the foot. That's what takes pressure off of these nerves.So this is one of my favorite arch supports you can buy overthecounter. You can finda list of our favorite ones on our website. Go to the website, click on quot;Self Carequot; andlook for numb feet or tingling feet and you can find a list of everything we recommendfor this problem. You can even get some sandals, the Vionic sandals that I often recommendthat have some good arch support in them. You can wear those around the house, takepressure off the area. But again, the key is to have that arch support in your athleticshoes.

If the overthecounter supports are not enoughthen you can use a custom orthotic. The advantage of the custom orthotics is they will conformmuch, much tighter to the arch of the foot. In fact they should be air tight to the archof the foot in order to transfer pressure from here back to here. This is one we mightuse in an athletic shoe or running shoe. The ones for bicycle shoes tend to be somewhatsmaller since there's not as much volume in those shoes. The key here is do not live withthis problem. It's an easy one to treat in most cases. If you are in our area, make anappointment. Make sure that when you come in, to bring your cycling shoes or bring whatevershoes that you're having trouble with. Bring

any arch supports or orthotics you currentlyare using, and we'll take a look at everything and give you ideas of what you can do to getrid of this problem. In the meantime, if you want to try treating yourself, go to the website,click on quot;Self Carequot; and look for tingling feet or numb feet.

Piriformis Syndrome versus Sciatica Animation

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular conditionwhere the piriformis muscle one of the deep gluteal muscles presses on and compressesthe sciatic nerve causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttock area and down thepath of sciatic nerve to the thigh and leg. Sciatic nerve runs UNDER the piriformis muscleand may be irritated when the muscle is too tight or shortened due to spasms. Piriformissyndrome is to be differentiated from sciatica which shows similar symptoms but has differentcauses. Diagnosis is commonly done by EXCLUSION ofsciatica. Because sciatica usually associates with compression of sciatic nerve roots bya herniated disc, sciatic symptoms in the

ABSENCE of spinal disc herniation are indicativeof piriformis syndrome. Causes and risk factors of piriformis syndromeinclude: Anatomical abnormality of the nervemusclerelation. Some people are more likely to get piriformis syndrome than others. Tightness or spasm of the piriformis muscle due to overuse injury. This commonly happensin sport activities that put pressure on the piriformis muscle such as bicycling, runningwithout proper stretching, or any activity that involves repeated movements of the legsperformed in sitting position. Treatment options include: Stretching exercises, massage, avoidance

of causative activities. Antiinflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants for relief of symptoms. Physical therapy that strengthens the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and biceps femorisis usually recommended to reduce strain on the piriformis muscle.

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