Greetings again! This is Athena Jezik. We’re gonna work on some more tutorials and explain some things out. Sciatica seems to be a problem that many many people suffer from so i thought i would go through a little bit more sciatica work and explanation on how i deal with sciatica. There’s many different techniques that people have but for me this has been the most effective and i’m also learning that there’s different types of things thate from that area.
Sciatica usually is paining from about here. When it’s real bad it will run down the leg. It’s a nerve pain so it runs as though it’s a like a hot iron or a hot rod going down the leg. Very ufortable. Sometimes there’s pain though in other parts of the hip which isn’t really the classic sciatica but it does still involve things similar because there’s so many nerves thate out of this sacral area. So that’s another thing that i’ve been discovering.
So not everything that happens with the pain and going down the leg is maybe the classic sciatica but it doesn’t matter because in my opinion naming a lot of things doesn’t really do anything except for make it a disease and then a disease is only by law treatable by the western medical people.
So that’s just names and labels. The thing is we want to get people out of pain. We want to move them into a space of being able to function well. So in that pain area of the hip impinging nerves and creating bad sensation or pain down the leg we’ll call that the sciatica pain and of course ites from here and I find that it is always got a direct connection to the positioning of the sacrum that also has a direct connection to the position of the sphenoid bone at the occipital base and I’m gonna show you a little bit of this.
I’ll just show it to you now. Excuse me it’s early in the morning and I’m kind of foggy today. So the sacrum is sitting here and in that sacral bone there is a lot of nerves thate out from here.
These little holes are where theye out of so if that is position a little bit crooked on there, which happens quite a bit then we’re gonna have this pressure. The nerves are not going to being out with the proper alignment and the nerves are gonna have pressure on them when they are twisted a little bit.
sometimes this bone can be in a position that’s a little more like this or it can also be an abination of that particular pattern so it’s important to be able to allow this bone to be able to lengthen down. This is something better done if the body can do it itself.
If it’s forced into it, it doesn’t always mean that it’s going to hold because there’s a bunch of stuff underneath there. Thework of the facial structure, the membranes under that that will twist like a nylon stocking and so if it’s forced back it will go back but because of the underlying structures there it will pull it back into that odd position.
This is translating up into the head and because I’m a cranial sacral therapist and I’ve been doing it for so many years I have a lot of understanding how these connections are made. So right in there where the purple and the yellowe together is the sphenobasilar junction.
The sphenoid bone is the yellow bone right here and so that bone touches all the other bones and it does relate directly to the sacrum at this joint. So if this sacral structure is sideways, crooked on there, that’s going to be placed and it’s going to be like so The same thing is gonna happen at at the head. This sphenoid bone is going to be out in a similar manner because it’s a counterbalance for what’s going on with the body. So it keeps things balanced so that we feel somewhat straight.
So that’s areas that I look for in work around low back pain particularly down in the sacral area. I do not like to do the hard pushing with the elbow. For one thing You can get through muscles that way but your elbows are not very sensitive as to what you’re really doing and what structures you’re on and i have found that when i’ve tried to work elbows even forearms the bones and the bony surfaces. it’s just too rough. I don’t feel good about it. It doesn’t feel productive so I don’t use that method.
Also sometimes when the nerve is affected there’s inflammation. So in my opinion the way that I see things is by driving yourself into that nerve, through those muscles with a bunch of inflammation going on is not really going to help the problem.
So there’s little things like that that I pay attention to that I don’t know if many other people take a lot of that into account because we do get sort of a technique to loosen things up and it doesn’t always provide for us the thoughts of what’s happening at the subtle anatomy level.
So I test this just by checking at the occipital base and at the sacrum to see the position of everything and once the position is established then I can go in and work with the sacrum in order to correct it.
Sometimes this will be corrected quickly and sometimes it’s not corrected as quickly and I believe that a lot of that is because it’s maybe not a true quote sciatica but there’s other stuff going on maybe in the hip joint. There might be some kind of misalignment in the pubic arch. There might be some kind of a rotation in the hip as well so other things have to happen. So here I’m just giving a little drag on the sacrum and letting it loosen up and letting it swim around and my other hand is at the occipital base.
Just steadying the dural tube. And so there I just wait a little while and then I will soften the muscle area around there. I work really differently. It just kind of depends.
So much of my work is intuitive. There’s somewhat of a protocol that I follow but each person presents things differently. No two bodies are ever the same. No injury patterns are ever the same. So flexibility is important to be able to move from various techniques and not follow things too rigidly particularly in pain problems and issues Then the other thing that i will do is to get my finger at the base of the sacrum.
Excuse me, at L5 S1, which is right in this area here L5 S1 so try to put some distance between there because that’s where the jamming probably tends to be. Sometimes it’s at the coccyx.
And I’ll show you that technique as well. So with that you just do a little stretching integrating in with the muscles integrating in with the tissues and then just waiting for it to move. This is going face down. There is a better way to do the sacral pull when they are on their back but this way will also open it up.
Either way is fine and my other hand up here is also feeling some rotation and some movementing up the spine. So as one area of the spine is off every little vertebrae is affected to some degree. There’s a little bit of adjustment that they have to make in order to keep the misalignment aligned and the bodies just gonna do that it’s gonna work within the framework that it has and it’s gonna normalize whether a pattern is there.
And so there now we’re getting it softened and now there’s a little bit of a stretch happening. I’m stretching downward with the hand that’s on the L5 S1. And I am taking a little bit of a stretch upward.
Just a little traction. No deeper than the fascial level. So we have skin, fluid, then fascia. So I’m three layers down and giving a little stretch there and i’m feeling quite a bit of rumbling going on and there is a separation happening between L5 S1 And it just swims around and the sacrum is trying right now to find its way back to the proper position.
It’s a good idea, if you know cranial work to also balance it at the spenoid level because the sphenoid bone, if not corrected, can pull this thing out. Sometimes this will correct the sphenoid bone but it’s a good idea to check both.
She just had a couple pulses. There’s a lot of activity going on. Even though she’s not suffering from sciatica or any kind of hip serious pain problems there’s still a lot of activity going on, which is correcting little misalignments in there, which is a reason that we should be paying attention to maintenance.
Even though we’re not hurting, we might wanna have some kind of session just for tweaking. I see a number of people whoe in regularly every four to six weeks just to be tweaked with cranial work And I myself have an hour and a half session with somebody once a month.
And I love it when I get it. It took me a while to find somebody that I felt was at my capacity.
Okay and then the other position is just to lay the hand on the sacrum here and curl the fingers at L5 S1 and give a little bit of traction this way. This is a little tricky because you have to keep the palm of the hand pretty secure and the fingers have to bend so there’s quite a lot of technique in the hands in order to get the right feeling. And the hands have to work independently because I’m right at the sacral coccyx junction and I’m stretching downward on that while I’m allowing the movement, which is a little bit of a swaying motion at L5 S1. There’s a downward traction as well as this being loose to be able to align.
at the same time it’s being tractioned downward. Okay and there’s some movement happening. These techniques will usually give quite a bit of change to the pain.
It doesn’t mean that one time is going to give total remedy to the problem but it does begin to correct that space. Once that’s corrected then we can go in and also work into the muscles, much deeper into the musculature.
And the only reason i work into the musculature is to loosen the muscles so that they’re not sinching down around those nerves because if they are sinching around those nerves then they are not gonna let go really easy even though the alignment happens so i just worked really deeply into these glutial muscles for the purpose of the muscle again, not the purpose of the nerve.
And I’m careful if I go into the area where the sciatic is the main place where you can feel it. I do not go into that with a lot of deep pressure because again I don’t like going into the inflamed areas and I don’t like going into pain with a lot of pressure.
I don’t think in my work it gives me the better results. Okay and then up front and there is many areas of the hip to take and loosen.
And along the ridge of the hip as welling from the sacrum. Working all that. And of course both sides are benefited. I won’t do too much on this side. Both sides have benefited by that.
You can even go into the attachments of the hamstrings. In fact it’s a good idea to make sure that the quadriceps and hamstrings are well stretched.
With this there’s also some stretches that can be done with the leg, but I will show that at another time So basically what i do is corrected the position of the sacrum to alleviate the pain of the sciatic pain or hip pain.
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Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Jo. Today I’m gonna talk about the Aylio Coccyx Orthopedic Comfort Foam Seat Cushion. Right off the bat, I really like this cushion because the cover is nice and soft. It alsoes out. There’s a zipper so if you need to wash it, if it get’s dirty, you can and you don’t risk messing up the foam on the inside. It’s got a little cutout here for your tailbone, or your coccyx, to take the pressure off of it when you’re sitting.
And then it has some groves here to keep your hips in alignment when you’re sitting. And it also helps distribute your weight on both sides. So if you sit for a long time and you have pain and numbness when you’re sitting, this will help distribute that and hopefully take away some of that pain and numbness. Also if you have some back pain, if you’ve been diagnosed with stenosis, or spondylolisthesis, spondylosis, this will help because it helps put you in that proper alignment and take some pressure off areas. So let’s try it out.
So when you put the cushion in the seat, make sure the cutout is in the back where your tailbone is. And make sure it’s in the center of the seat so you can have that level seating. The first thing that I notice when I sit on it is it actually puts me in an upright position which is very good. So if you slouch a little bit, it feels weird so you want to sit up. You can see here where the hole is, it gives you space so you’re not putting pressure on that tailbone if you have an injury there or if you have a pressure sore, you’re not putting all that pressure on the spot to make it worse. It’s prettyfortable so you can sit on it for a while. And the foam, I’ve noticed after sitting on it for a little bit, doesn’t actually squish down. It stays in its form so you don’t end up sinking to the bottom. One thing I would rmend since it is thick, if you’re putting it in a chair at work, make sure you get that proper alignment where you knees are about at 90 degrees and your hip are at about 90 degrees. So then you’re not up like this, or down like that.
You’re in that 9090 degree position. So overall, I do feel like it’s veryfortable, it’s getting you in a good position, it’s taking pressure off the spots that it needs to. And it’s pretty soft, so if you want to check it out, it’s gonna be in the Ask Doctor Jo product store, or Amazon. And if you have any questions, leave them in thements section, if you’d like to check out some other tutorials go to AskDoctorJo and don’t et to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Remember, be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel better soon.