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Sciatic Pain- How to get relief! Part 2

Helping those suffering from a sciatic painIf 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, sciatic pain 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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Sciatica Pain- How to get relief! Part 1

Helping those suffering from a pinched sciatic nerveWhen 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 sciatica pain, we would release their piraformis during the session using several techniques including structural bodywork and cranial 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, 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. If the muscles don’t release then the body will often return back to the starting pattern and sciatica pain returns. Addressing pain as a symptom of structural issues is our objective at Surgical Alternative. We utilize SET Bodywork and CranioStructural techniques to release the muscles and rebalance the body.

This became very clear to once, we started to study structural approaches to pain rehabilitation. The piraformis, we discovered, is certainly not the only culprit to sciatica 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 we 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.  We have seen and lived this process with many of our clients, that is why we feel very fortunate and excited to do what we love to do, help others that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, peripheral nerve damage, degenerative disk disease, nerve entrapments, 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

Herniated Discs- Cause/Treatment?

Herniated discs can cause painMany patients complaining about back pain, leg pain, or other weakness of the lower extremity muscles can be diagnosed with herniated discs. Herniated discs occurs when the cushion that sits between the spinal vertebra is moved outside its normal position. The pain caused by a herniated disc occurs because the spinal nerves are very close to the edge of spinal discs. As the spinal disc becomes less elastic, it can rupture. When the disc ruptures, a portion of the spinal disc pushes outside its normal boundary causing herniated discs. When a herniated disc bulges the spinal cords, nerves can become pinched. Normally there is a little extra space around the spinal cord and spinal nerves, but when the herniated disc is pushed out of place, these structures compress. When herniated discs rupture it begins to pinch the nerves. Herniated discs can be caused suddenly by such things as a fall or an accident, or can occur over time with repetitive strain put on the spine.  Herniated discs occur when the space for the nerves is further diminished, and irritation of the nerve results. Common symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Pressure on the nerve can cause abnormal sensations, commonly experienced as electric shock pains. When the compression occurs in the cervical (neck) region, the shocks go down your arms, when the compression is in the lumbar (low back) region, the shocks go down your legs.
  • Patients often have abnormal sensations such as tingling, numbness, or pins and needles. These symptoms may be experienced in the same region as painful electric shock sensations.
  • Because of the nerve irritation, signals from the brain may be interrupted causing muscle weakness. Nerve irritation can also be tested by examining reflexes.

All of these symptoms are due to the irritation of the nerve from the herniated discs. All of these symptoms can be caused by a herniated discs pressing against the nerves.

While some herniated discs may require surgery, very often they can be treated through non-surgical means. The cranial and structural bodywork we perform at Surgical Alternative has been effective at treating herniated discs. Our goals is to help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.   For more information or to read other testimonials and blogs Check US OUT!


Massage Improves Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

FibromyalgiaTenderFibromyalgia is one of the most difficult conditions to diagnose, and treatment for the pain associated with the disorder can be even more complicated to manage. Neuromuscular disorders like fibromyalgia (What is fibromyalgia?) can manifest itself in a number of different ways, encompassing a vast array of symptoms that require personal attention and a modified treatment plan, tailored to the client’s needs. The intensity of the symptoms experienced may also vary based on the individual activity level, sleep patterns, stress levels, and immune response. Other symptoms that characterize the disorder include headaches and chronic fatigue, all of which can be triggered by physical trauma, psychological trauma and even viral infections. Also, triggers seem to be heightened by fluctuating hormone levels associated with the hypothalamus.

As physicians and researchers continue to search for concrete causes of fibromyalgia, those suffering from debilitating pain are often left with more questions than answers.  While there is much yet to learn, there has been success integrating different treatment methods to manage pain with the goal of returning normal daily function to patients. Pharmaceutical medications such as Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella may be prescribed by physicians to help with pain management and other symptoms, but a more holistic approach seems to be more effective. Nutrition and exercise should be a part of every treatment strategy because they can help improve quality of sleep, biochemistry and balance hormone levels. In an article written for O magazine, Dr. Oz discusses some of the different approaches to treating fibromyalgia and advocates the supplement regime recommended by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, director of the Fibromyalgia & Fatigue Center.

Massage therapy has become increasingly popular to treat pain associated with fibromyalgia. Specifically, a 2011 study using myofascial release techniques showed improvements in sleep quality and physical function while at the same time, reducing pain and anxiety levels. While the underlying causes of fibromyalgia remain a mystery, both concrete evidence and personal testimonials continue to show that massage can help improve the symptoms associated with the disorder.

To learn more about the treatment options prescribed by Surgical Alternative to improve symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, or to integrate massage therapy into your existing treatment plan, please contact us via email, phone, or schedule appointment.

Referneces

Castro-Sanchez, A. M., Mataran-Penarrocha, G. A., Granero-Molina, J., Agualera-Manrique, G., Quesada-Rubio, J. M., & Moreno-Lorenzo, C. (2011). Benefits of Massage-Myofascial Release Therapy on Pain, Anxiety, Quality of Sleep, Depression, and Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. doi:10.1155/2011/561753

Oz, M.D., M. (2009, September). 4 Treatments for Fibromyalgia. O. Retrieved from http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Oz-Treatments-for-Fibromyalgia

Web MD. (2013, June 6). Fibromyalgia Health Center. Retrieved from WebMD.com: http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/what-is-fibromyalgia

Surgical Alternative-Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Massage Therapy offers a combination of modalities designed to help people suffering from acute or chronic pain, return to a pain-free and active lifestyle. We can help treat pain associated with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: degenerative discs, herniated or ruptured discs, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, carpel tunnel, neuritis, whiplash, muscle strains and sprains, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, cluster headaches and migraines. In addition we also aid clients who experience pain from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, lupus, and scoliosis.

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