Sciatica

Newcastle Sciatica Relief

Newcastle Muscle Pain Solutions provides specialist sciatica massage and sciatica pain treatments. Sciatica mainly affects the lower torso and legs and is caused by a variety of structural and muscular conditions that result in an impingement of the sciatic nerve.

Over the course of your life, vertebrae and soft tissues can suffer numerous insults and traumas. The vulnerable sciatic nerve may be irritating spinal nerves. This can lead to excruciating pain along all or part of the sciatic nerve (originating in the lower back, gluteals, hip, thigh, leg and foot.) This pain is known as sciatica.

Sciatica Symptoms

For most, sciatica is a major discomfort that becomes more severe with each recurring attack. Attacks can be brought on by simple movements such as lifting or sneezing. Sciatica sufferers describe the pain they experience as sudden, “shooting”, “hot”, “sharp”, or “tingling” pain. They may also experience intermittent “cold numbness” or a “buzzing feeling” along the nerve pathway.

In the acute stage, pain is usually constant, but may ease temporarily – returning so suddenly that it can “take your breath away”. In winter cold weather may play a part in intensifying the sciatic pain. Muscles that are already tightened in response to misaligned vertebrae (such as piriformis) can suddenly go into spasm, impinging the sciatic nerve.

Muscular Sciatica

Muscular Sciatica is often overlooked as the cause of mysterious back pain. Not as well known as vertebral sciatica, it is just as painful and more often more complicated to treat.

Muscular sciatica is a result of a deep muscle spasm in the buttocks. This impinges the sciatic nerve near the hip, causing pain and weakness. While vertebral sciatica can strike anytime of day, the attacks of muscular sciatica more often occur in the early morning. Sufferers may notice the pain decreasing during the course of the day as a result of routine use of the muscles.

If ignored the dull pain of early morning sciatica can develop into chronic sharp or debilitating pain. Muscular Sciatica complications include sensitivity or swelling of the buttocks, legs or feet.

Muscular sciatica can involve all the musculoskeletal symptoms of the leg. Unlike vertebral sciatica, this type of sciatica may not respond well to chiropractic manipulation, but it responds exceptionally well to the soft tissue approach of massage therapy.

Sciatica Treatment

An ideal way to address early symptoms of sciatica is through use of therapeutic massage. Massage therapy helps remove waste materials from muscles. Benefits include “breaking up” muscle spasms and increases the flow of oxygen to the muscles. Massage also lengthens and relaxes muscle groups allowing them to rest. Range of motion and flexibility are restored.

Early intervention based on awareness of the early symptoms of sciatica may avert debilitating pain. Taking immediate and appropriate action can alleviate pain episodes and prevent the condition from worsening.

Massage therapy is an ideal supplement to other treatment approaches, such as chiropractic and medical, and may help prevent problems that lead to or aggravate sciatica.

For more information regarding our sciatica massage services contact Newcastle Muscle Pain Solutions on (02) 4967 7770.

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