About Sciatica Pain
Some clients come to us with concerns about Sciatica Pain. Before the therapist begins the treatment he or she explains to the client that this pain is caused by Sciatica compression due to another spinal condition or, in other words lower back problem. The pain may be present in the buttocks, down the legs and into the ankle or foot but it is actually generating from the lower back area. We give them a Swedish massage with normal pressure not deep pressure. Relaxing the muscles to relieve pressure and help blood circulation is best for this condition. Sometimes the therapist applies a cold pack to the lower back. This reduces inflammation to the lower back. Believe it or not, it is also relaxing and helps reduce the pain. When the cold pack is removed, massaging warms the area giving a great deal of relief. Working on the lower lumbar and down over the buttocks should do the trick to relieve pressure but it may not feel a lot better till the next day after a good nights sleep.
If the trouble is a bulging disc, then recovery can take a very long time. Regular massages, cold pack applied morning and evening, stretching and low impact muscle strengthening exercises are very effective to do away with this condition. Your doctor will tell you what exercises to do and how many. Building up stomach muscles, which help support a stronger lower back, is top on the list to get back to normal, pain free living. The stomach muscles are like bands which cross the abdomen and support the lower back. When we are young it seems we work all our muscles and gives us the support to protect us from injuries. When we get older, it seems, we do not work all those muscles which we most need to support our back. This is when it all starts. We must be on the ball and get daily exercise but not the same thing day after day. One day do a 3 mile walk, the next day swimming, the next day biking and along with this everyday do the stretching that is most important.
Now for the last and most important step to recovery. You must have a positive approach to your daily routine. Never think to yourself or speak to anyone in a way that is negative about this challenge you are engaged in. That’s right I said challenge not problem. To think negative, like “oh my bad back”, is a very bad message to transmit to your body and can cause it to not respond to all the good you are doing for it. The right way it to think is, “oh I will get better because I am proactive with my daily exercise and stretching”. This conscious message to your body actually is a great way to plant that healthy message into your subconscious. The subconscious part of your brain is the control for your total body. Healthy thinking and speaking about your body will get that healthy message planted into the brain and all the rest is auto pilot. Never tell anyone you have a bad back. Tell them you are having some trouble with your back always leaving room for the possibility that it will get better and normal again.