Sciatica: Facts about this Common Complaint that’s a Literal Pain in the Butt

Patients coming in moaning about those horrible knife-like spasms running down one side, usually passing through the gluteus and extending down the leg, will be a common refrain in your office.  As a massage therapist, you’ll become very familiar with the painful condition of sciatica — which puts very real “pain in the butt.”

The following blog discusses the underlying causes of sciatica and the success of trigger point therapy in treating the agonizing condition.

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“When we analyse the traffic through our clinics at the end of each quarter, sciatica seems to be always up there in the top ten. There are probably two good reasons for this. The first is that sciatica is one of those conditions where the pain can be extremely severe. The second, is that manual therapy has long since been recognised as being effective for providing relief, even by most medical doctors. In fact, any therapist familiar with trigger point therapy will tell you that they’re always upbeat going in to treat sciatica, as the effects of the therapy are in most cases, extremely positive. This is something that has been reaffirmed in a number of studies.

Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as a lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis. It is not a medical condition in and of itself.”

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