Can Myofascial Release Provide Sciatica Pain Relief?
Sciatica is nerve pain from an injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve, which originates in your buttock/gluteal area. The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest (almost finger-width) nerve in the body. It’s made up of five nerve roots: two from the lower back region called the lumbar spine and three from the final section of the spine called the sacrum. The five nerve roots come together to form a right and left sciatic nerve. On each side of your body, one sciatic nerve runs through your hips, buttocks and down a leg, ending just below the knee. The sciatic nerve then branches into other nerves, which continue down your leg and into your foot and toes.
True injury to the sciatic nerve “sciatica” is rare. Instead, the term “sciatica” is commonly used to describe any pain that originates in the lower back and radiates down the leg.
What is Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica pain pertains specifically to Sciatic nerve irritation, but all back pain is commonly called sciatica.
If you have “sciatica,” you experience mild to severe pain anywhere along the path of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can also cause muscle weakness in your leg and foot, numbness in your leg, and an unpleasant tingling pins-and-needles sensation in your leg, foot and toes.
Some people describe the pain as sharp, shooting, or jolts of pain. Others describe this pain as “burning,” “electric” or “stabbing.”
Sciatica pain may be constant or may come and go. Also, the pain is usually more severe in your leg compared to your lower back. The pain may feel worse if you sit or stand for long periods of time when you stand up and when your twist your upper body. A forced and sudden body movement, like a cough or sneeze, can also make the pain worse.
Causes & Conditions of Sciatica Pain
These differences in pain may depend on their cause, such as where the nerve is being compressed. A disk herniation can cause sudden pain. Whereas arthritis in the spine develops slowly over time. A muscle spasm can cause jolts of pain, fascial restrictions also can cause nerve pain as they apply pressure over it.
Sciatica pain can be caused by several conditions as:
- Herniated or slipped disk
- Degenerative disk disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Trauma injury
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Muscle tightness or Spasms
The most common symptoms of sciatica pain include:
- Moderate to severe pain in the lower back, buttock and down your leg.
- Numbness or weakness in your lower back, buttock, leg or feet.
- Pain that worsens with movement; loss of movement.
- “Pins and needles” feeling in your legs, toes or feet.
- Loss of bowel and bladder control (due to cauda equina).
Myofascial Release Can Provide Sciatica Pain Relief
Myofascial Release is considered the most effective treatment plan for sciatica remedies. Relief for sciatica is successful because Myofascial Release addresses the cause of the nerve irritation and not only covers the sciatica pain, as medications do.
As the source of compression is corrected the pain relief for sciatica follows very quickly.
If the cause of sciatica pain is because of herniated, slipped, or degenerative disc disorders and spondylolisthesis, that means the space in between vertebrae is decreased. When this happens, it causes tissue to put pressure and tension on the sciatic nerve. Myofascial Release can reduce tightness on surrounding tissues allowing more space for vertebrae. With Myofascial Release, it will also relieve pressure and irritation on pain-sensitive structure as the sciatic nerve.
Spinal stenosis, Osteoarthritis and trauma, are inflammatory cycles on the spinal levels. This is where the sciatic nerve is formed in the lower spine by the combination of motor and sensory fibers from spinal nerves L4 to S3. These spinal nerves belong to a larger group of nerves in the lower spine called the lumbosacral plexus.
MFR is an amazingly effective cycle to control chronic or acute inflammatory events in the body. MFR stimulates the production of enzymes that provoke the initiation of natural healing processes in the body.
Piriformis syndrome and muscle tightness, cause sciatic pain because they apply excessive pressure over the nerve, and it becomes irritated and cause pain. MFR Releases muscle and soft tissue tightness.
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Regardless of the origin of your sciatica pain relief, let’s discuss a treatment plan. We understand it’s natural to exhaust all your traditional medical options first. Wholistic PT has helped so many patients already with sciatica pain relief. If you’re ready to explore a more holistic and whole-body approach, contact us today for a consultation for sciatica pain relief.