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 the Sciatic Nerve and and this nerve is the thickest and longest nerve we have in our entire body Its starts at the Spinal Nerves in the lower back and runs down through the gluteal, the hamstring and into the calf. People who might experience Sciatica could be desk workers, people that spend a 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 infrequent lifters. They might have lifted something that was too heavy. Or they may have lifted it incorrectly, that will cause extra tension in the lower back and set off the irritation of the Sciatic nerve. The three major signs that come with Sciatica are back pain, referred pain and limited range of motion. When clients come into the clinic with Sciatica they might be hobbling in, holding their back because they’re in a bit of pain. They will also find it difficult to get comfortable.
So they might find it difficult to sit or stand. They might find they wake up that way in the morning, so overnight their back has stiffened up or the muscles around the gluteal or hamstring have tightened and in the morning they wake up feeling quite sore and tense. So I would start with treating the lower 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.
What is Sciatica Can Acupuncture Help
This area and guarding is when the muscles are contracted really tight to protect that area and prevent further injury. So I would use Acupuncture, massage to relax and release the trigger points and the tension along that referred pain pathway down through the back of the leg, if the sciatic pain is in the hamstring. Or if they’re feeling 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 stretches that might help increase their range of.