2017-10-04 06:00



Sciatic nerve happens to be the longest nerve in our body. It starts from our spinal cord in the lower back and passes down through the hip into the back area or the lower leg. When we say 'Sciatica' we refer to the pain in this sciatic nerve.

As this nerve passes down through the pelvis, hip and to the lower leg, the pain whenever it occurs, is felt in the areas through which it passes. This nerve controls many muscles of the lower leg and also controls the sensation of high, leg and feet.

Pain that travels from the lower back or from the hip through the back part of the thigh to the lower part of the leg or to the foot is usually very indicative of sciatica.

Sciatica can range from a simple dull ache to severe electric like shocks. The pain can at times be so severe that the patient may hardly be able to move out of bed.

Usually patients complain of pain while walking or standing but at times reverse of this happens, the pain is worse while laying down in a sleeping position and the patient has no other option other than to stand, walk or lay in a certain uncomfortable posture. Patients with sciatica may suffer from additional symptoms such as numbness and weakness along the course of the nerve, tingling, pins and needles feeling (mostly in the feet).

Sciatica is not a disease in itself but symptoms of the sciatic  nerve being irritated or compressed (Pinched as one may call it in Lyman's language) along its course. The most common place for this to occur is the lower part of the spine where the nerve roots of the sciatic nerve are compressed by a prolapsed (Slipped) disc. Pinching of the nerve due to a disc prolapse is that most common cause. Other medical conditions including trauma to the spine, spinal tumors and spondylolisthesis (slipping of ones vertebra canal) stenosis can cause sciatica.

Reflexology as a natural system of treatment offers distinct advantages to people who suffer from sciatica. The biggest advantage that reflexology offers is that it is able to treat the pain very effectively and is able to rectify the compression or irritation on the sciatic nerve.

Another great benefit of using reflexology also aims at strengthening the patient's constitution in order to prevent further recurrence.




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