Sciatica Pain Relief With Trigger Point Therapy
Sciatica is one of the most painful of all back related maladies. In part, this is because sciatica is a result of pressure on the sciatic nerve at the nerve root. One of the most common reasons is a herniated disc, or bulging which causes compression on the nerve nearest the spine. The result is excruciating pain as anyone who has ever suffered with an attack of sciatica well knows.
The old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been truer than when it comes to sciatica pain. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and travels from the lower back through the buttock region and down the back of the leg. Clearly then, tight muscles, including fascial damage in these areas can cause nearly debilitating pain. It is therefore, critical that one maintain agility and flexibility to assure adequate blood flow and create a pain-free environment surrounding the sciatic nerve.
Detailed and ongoing Fascial Release Therapy, including trigger point therapy can often offer significant relief for sciatica pain sufferers. Among the symptoms that may require relief are spasms and hyper-constriction in the muscles in and around the back area, lack of flexibility in the tissues and weakness of tissues and decreased endurance. Chronic pain can affect every aspect of the human body and can even have an adverse effect on mental and emotional health.
The soft tissue work that is defined by FST is especially effective when combined with chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation. Taken together these are courses of treatment that help to prevent and control chronic pain caused by sciatica and the misalignment of the body structure. Because the Fascia is a supportive connective tissue, similar to a tendon or ligament its importance cannot be overstated. It is essentially a three-dimensional web that permeates the entire body and begins with the top layer directly below the skin extending deeper up to two layers.
This critically essential supportive tissue stores both fat and water allowing nerves to run through it. It also surrounds and infuses nerves, blood vessels, bone, and muscles to the cellular level, thus becoming an integral part of our ability to move freely and without pain. When restricted, or damaged, we may experience a loss of our range of movement, tightness and chronic pain throughout the body. Because a healthy back is so important to our ability to walk, run, lift and move in general, it is often these muscles that bear the brunt of years of overuse or improper lifting. A comprehensive program of FST can prevent and even reverse such damage.