Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Pain in the Butt or the Leg could it be.... Sciatica?

This is for general information. Always consult with your doctor.
The Sciatica Nerve is the longest nerve in the body. There are five (5) nerve roots that leave the the low back area.
It then runs down the leg, into knee, calf, ankle, foot and all the way to your toes.
Sciatica is caused when the nerves becomes restricted sometimes by the tight muscles around it.
Usually the gluteus muscles ( your buttocks). It does not just appear, but over time this area becomes extremely tight. Just everyday wear and tear does cause it to build up over time.

During pregnancy, later the uterus will press on the nerve and again tight muscular tension arises in the hips. Even sitting on a wallet for extended period of time presses on the nerve. With fashion trends of lower hanging pants, the pockets hanging low as well. Tradesmen wearing their tool belts hanging around the hips.
In the area there may be active trigger points that arise as well, but not necessarily due to the Sciatica nerve being compressed. Exercising can cause the deep pain as well in the Buttock area.

The muscles mostly associated with the trigger points and Sciatica are the quadratus lumborum, the gluteus minimus, gluteus medius and the deep hip rotators. Deep Tissue work to the hip rotator muscles is very beneficial in relieving the the pain and discomfort.

Listed are some general stretching exercises.
Again always consult with you doctor.
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1 comment:

Clay said...

Goo information!