Acupuncture Help Sciatic Nerve Pain

What is Sciatica Can Acupuncture Help

Hi, my name is Katika and I'm an Acupuncturist at The Family Wellness Center on Sydney's Northern Beaches and in this tutorial I'm going to talk to you about Sciatica. Sciatica is the irritation of theSciatic Nerve and and this nerve is the thickest and longestnerve we have in our entire body

Its starts at the Spinal Nerves in the lower back and runsdown through the gluteal, the hamstring and into the calf. People who might experience Sciatica could be desk workers, people that spenda lot of time driving, so truck drivers or people in the car for several hours at a time. Manual labourers and even people who are infrequentlifters. They might have lifted something that was too heavy. Or theymay have lifted it incorrectly,

that will cause extra tension in thelower back and set off the irritation of the Sciaticnerve. The three major signs that come with Sciatica are back pain,referred pain and limited range of motion.When clients come into the with Sciatica they might be hobbling in, holdingtheir back because they're in a bit of pain. They will also find itdifficult to get comfortable so they might find it difficult to sit or stand.

They might find they wake up thatway in the morning, so overnight theirback has stiffened up or the muscles around the gluteal orhamstring have tightened and in the morning they wake up feeling quite sore and tense. So I would start with treating thelower back pain and just assessing what's going on in the lower back I would use acupuncture and massage to relax, release and soften the muscles in the lower back. Often there would be muscle guarding in

this area and guarding is when the muscles arecontracted really tight to protect that area and prevent furtherinjury. So I would use Acupuncture, massage to relax and release the trigger pointsand the tension along that referred pain pathway downthrough the back of the leg, if the sciatic pain is in the hamstring. Or if they'refeeling it more in the side of the

leg then I would check out the ITB, and look at the trigger points there.Thirdly, I'd look at prescribing some stretchesthat might help increase their range of motion and this will help free up the back andthe leg and relax the muscles that might be irritating or pinching the sciatic nerve. Ifyou'd like to know more about Sciatica and Acupuncture and you're in Sydney

Sciatic Nerve Pain Stretches Exercises Ask Jo

Hey y'all, it's Jo and my assistantwith me today is Bailey again. And today I'm going to be talking about your piriformis.So lots of times I hear people say they've got that sciatic nerve, well actually everybodyhas a sciatic nerve, but you can have pain coming from that nerve, and a lot of timesthat piriformis muscle is causing the pain. So we're gonna show you some stretches tostretch out your piriformis and hopefully get rid of that sciatic nerve pain. Alrightlet's go on to our backs. Here we go. I think we're gonna maybe move Bailey out of the way.In the first stretch for your piriformis is a pretty simple one. A lot of pictures youmay get from your therapist will actually

show one leg down, I actually like for youto have it staying up so you can prop your foot over it. So your gonna make almost likea figure 4 with your legs and then what you're gonna do, the side that's hurting, so my leftside is hurting, I'm gonna cross that leg over. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna bringmy knee with my opposite hand towards my shoulder over here. So I'm pulling this leg up and acrossmy body. And what you wanna do same kind of thing with all the stretches, you wanna pulland you wanna feel a stretch under there. Soon as you feel a really good stretch youwanna hold it for 30 seconds. So remember up and across the body. Just coming up isnot gonna get that piriformis stretch. But

coming up and across the body like I'm tryingto bring that knee towards my shoulder. Holding it there for about 30 secondsa real 30 seconds.And then coming back down and you wanna do that 3 times. Now the next one to do, sometimesthis is a little harder for people, but what your gonna do is your gonna keep that samefigure 4, and what your gonna do is your gonna take your hands and on the opposite side thatit's hurting, so the hurting side is still up crossed over it's still my left side. I'mgonna take my hands and put them underneath my thigh, and I'm gonna bring my leg up, andI'm gonna pull until I feel that stretch underneath there. Now some people might have a hard timegrabbing on to their leg here, so again you

can use your belt, or your dog leash and putit under, around your leg, and pull up towards you like this. Same kind of thing, you wantto hold that stretch for 30 secondsbye Bailey, we'll see you later and then 3 times each.Alright, so now you're gonna bring that down getting it nice and stretched. For those ofyou that need a stronger stretch, those might not be stretching it out quite as much, whatI'm gonna have you do is I'm gonna have you turn over. And what your gonna do is the sidethat's hurt again, my left side, I'm gonna bring my leg up across. Now as you can see,this is something you have to be pretty high level, pretty flexible to do, but it's gonnaget a fantastic stretch. So your gonna put

your knee over across your body, and bringyour body down. So it's almost that same concept, you're bringing that knee towards the oppositeshoulder, but what you're doing now, is you're using your body weight to bring it down. Youcan stretch that back leg as far as you can. You can bring your arms down, but that kneeis essentially going towards that opposite shoulder. 30 second stretch, 3 times each.Alright and there you have it. Those were your piriformis stretches. So if you had somepressure on that sciatic nerve, hopefully that will loosen it up a little bit. So ifyou like my hair, or if you like the stretches, please click quot;likequot; and leave me a comment.And if you'd like to see some more stretch

tutorials, or if you'd like to go see some educationaltutorials, please go to AskJo . And remember, Be Safe. Have Fun. And I hope youget to feeling better y'all!.

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