How do you know it’s sciatica?
Further down the leg the nerve splits, running down the back and side of the leg which accounts for the radiating pain. The pain is described as: sore, numb, tingling, burning, radiating, nagging or as a muscle spasm.
It is most often caused by compression of a herniated disc between the vertebrae of the lower back. The nerve itself can become compressed or irritated by material damage like an accident but also by stress.
How is the pain caused by stress?
Emotional stress can also be a cause, emotions stored in your sub-conscious can manifest as pain, notice if the pain is exacerbated during a difficult situation.
How can I ease the stress?
Indulge yourself in your favourite sport or hobby, practice Yoga, qi gong or meditation, and receive a Shiatsu treatment or other bodywork therapy. Feel the quality of the pain change as your mind and body relax, like a thank you from your body for taking notice of it. It might take a while before this becomes a habitual way to manage the pain but you can pick it up again when you get a painful reminder.
How does it help sciatic pain?
- It gives you a chance to take time out for yourself
- A treatment is usually relaxing
- Shiatsu stretches and lengthens tense muscles and mobilizes the joints
- The mobilization re-programmes the neural pathways, so that the body picks up healthy and safe ways to move.
- It releases tension in the connective tissue of the body.
- It brings awareness to the pain areas and emotions that may be associated to the pain
- It may also connect you to other areas of the body which need attention
- Shiatsu is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine which offers additional perspectives