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Collapsed Arches- What cause them? Shoes!


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If you have ever had a collapse arch then you know the pain that can cause.  In a lot of cases it pulls on the other muscles in the foot causing it to feel like you got a sprained ankle. One of the main reasons this happens is due to improper footwear.  Improper shoes can cause all types of problem with your body, from lower back pain or even a pinched sciatic nerve.  If you are like a lot of my clients, you work in the corporate world where you have to wear heels or dress shoes that in most cases provide little support.  Many seek insoles and other types of shoes inserts to help resolve the issue. There is a reason there are so many types of shoes, because everyone’s feet are different. One of my clients had been having the same problem for a month or so.  He would come in and I would perform our bodywork session that involves advanced deep tissue massage and cranial structural techniques that rebalance and realign the body.  He felt great after he left and within days his body would revert back to the same painful problem.  After further consulting, we had determined that the shoes he was wearing was causing his body to go back out of alignment every time he wore them for a long period of time.  I am happy to say once he got a new pair of shoes that we tested to make sure his body was supported and stabile the pain went aware. In short, proper footwear can make a big difference in your posture and the way you feel, just be sure to change them periodically once the arch support has worn out. Prevention and proper education can save you a lot of pain and discomfort, that why we at Surgical Alternative take the time to understand the underlying problem so that we can properly address the issues.

At Surgical Alternative, we have been dealing with clients in severe pain for over 14 years now, that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues, collapsed arches and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain. We use a combination of deep tissues massages and cranial structural techniques to balance and align the body. The reason we started blogging was so that we could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.   Surgical Alternative is now located in Lutz near New Tampa. We proudly service Tampa, St. Petersburg, Land O Lakes, New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, Trinity and all surrounding areas. Please call today, or schedule your appointment online!

Nerve Entrapment-What causes them?

 

Surgical Alternative helping those suffering from nerve entrapmentNerve entrapment is commonly referred to as a pinched nerve.  A pinched nerve is caused when a nerve is somehow damaged or injured by compression or direct pressure not allowing the nerve to properly conduct a signal. There are many causes for a pinched nerve depending on where the nerve resides in the body. For instance, a pinched nerve in the neck or lower back can be caused by a herniated discbulging discsarthritis,  or sometimes heel or bone spurs.  A pinched nerve in the lower back or gluteus can lead to a pinched sciatic nerve, which can cause sciatica. Nerve entrapment or pinched nerve can be caused by an injury, bruise, or other painful conditions.

The symptoms of a pinched nerve depend on what nerve is affected. Each nerve is responsible for sending information to or from specific parts of the body.

The most common symptoms of a pinched nerve are:

  • pain, numbness,tingling (pins and needles), or weakness of the muscles along the path of the nerve.
  • A pinched nerve in the neck can cause neck pain or stiffness, along with symptoms down the arm.
  • A pinched nerve in the lower back causes back pain and stiffness with symptoms down the leg.
  • A pinched nerve in the wrist from carpal tunnel syndrome typically affects the thumb, index, and middle fingers. It can also cause a weakness in the patient’s grip strength, and atrophy of the muscle of the palm near the thumb.

We feel very fortunate and excited to do what we love to do, help others. We have been dealing with clients in severe pain for over 14 years now, that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, degenerative disk disease, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain.  The reason we started blogging was so that we could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.   For more  information  or read other testimonials or blogs Check US OUT!

Sciatic Pain- How to get relief! Part 2

Helping those suffering from a pinched sciatic nerveIf the sciatic pain is related to a hip that is rotated forward, the sciatic pain may actually be connected with an overtight illiacus muscle (located within the inside curve of the hip bone). When the hip rotates forward it will actually overstretch the piraformis and this can cause the sciatic pain. In this case the release of the illiacus is key in getting the hip to move out of its forward position and allow the piraformis to relax instead of compensate for the forward rotation.

But if the sciatic pain is related to a hip that is rotated toward the back, then it is most likely related to the piriformis but other muscles as well. The psoas, a very deep hip flexor muscle that begins on the front part of the low back vertebrae and goes down through the pelvis to attach with the illiacus on the femor, is often involved as well. Though we learned to release this muscle in my massage training, it was taught to treat herniated or bulging discs lumbar vertebrae or just general low back pain. The relation to the piraformis and sciatica was news to me!

When a hip rotates backwards, sometimes it will flair out to the side.  The foot follows and turns out when standing, and all the muscles on the back of the hip become constricted to help maintain balance.  When sciatic pain exists with this type of pattern, we need to pay particular attention to the musculature of the posterior hip and make sure all contributing muscles are addressed to provide optimal rehabilitation without the immediate tendency for the body to go back into old patterns.

At Surgical Alternative, we believe in lasting change. Each session is designed to release most, if not all, contributing restrictions in soft tissue that are holding the client’s body in an uncomfortable posture.  The body has a strong memory so each session is like taking off a new layer of the old patterns and reinforcing new structural habits revealing more possibilities in the enjoyment of a life without pain.

We have been dealing with clients in severe pain from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, degenerative disk disease, peripheral nerve damage, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or just deal with the pain.  The reason we started blogging was so that we could reach and help those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions. At Surgical Alternative we can help! For availability and scheduling please visit http://surgicalalternative.com/schedule-appointment/

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Sciatic Pain- How to get relief! Part 1

pinched sciatic nerve, sciatic pain reliefWhen I was in massage school, we were taught that sciatica (shooting nerve pain that travels down the back of the leg) was most often caused by a tight hip rotator muscle called the piraformis ( a muscle in the gluteal region of the lower limb).  The piraformis connects our tailbone (or sacrum) to the top of our femur (or leg bone) and when contracted or when the muscle constricts, pulls the leg and knee to the side away from the body, opening the hip. Since this muscle crosses over the sciatic nerve, if it is overly contracted then it can pinch the nerve and cause pain. If someone came in complaining of sciatic pain, I would release their piraformis during the session using several techniques including deep tissue massage and body rebalancing.

In these sessions, the piraformis release “hurts good” at the time of the session but the clients often don’t receive lasting benefits from this release. A tight piraformis does not live on its own; it often a symptom of an imbalanced structure. Though we can get the piraformis to release and let go, if this is not done within a session where all the muscles of the hips contributing to a pattern are also released so the body can find a new way to balance more efficiently. Then the body will often return back to the starting pattern and sciatic pain returns. Addressing pain as a symptom of structural issues is our objective at Surgical Alternative. We utilize SET Bodywork release the muscles and rebalance the body.

This became very clear to me once I started to study structural approaches to pain rehabilitation. The piraformis, I discovered, is certainly not the only culprit to sciatic pain. Determining how to most effectively address this issue depends on adequate evaluation of the body’s structure. This is way we first visually assess the structure by observing the client standing so their weight-bearing structure emerges. Almost every client I have seen reporting a painful condition presents an imbalance in the pelvis with one side rotating forward and one rotating backward.

Although massage has been around for hundreds of years we are still discovering the power the body and mind having in the healing process.  I have seen and lived this process with many of my clients, that is why I feel very fortunate and excited to do what I love to do, help others that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, degenerative disk disease, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain.  At www.surgicalalternative.com we can help!  Check back for Part II