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Image depicts where the sciatic nerve can be compressed

The Sciatic Nerve

The sciatic nerve is vital to the functioning of your legs. The nerve is like the information highway for your sense of feeling and movement, connecting the nerve-endings of your leg’s skin and muscles to your brain.  

It is the longest, thickest nerve of your body. At its thickest point, it is about the width of your little finger. The nerve emerges from your lumbar area and sacrum and runs right down the leg. 

This is an excellent video showing how the nerve exits the spinal column and sacral area:


What causes sciatic nerve pain?

We experience sciatica when the sciatic nerve is compressed or inflamed. This is usually due to poor postural habits or excess muscular tension in our body. The pain starts where the nerve gets pinched; most often near the nerve’s base, around the pelvis and lumbar area. Here, the nerve can get sandwiched between muscle, bone or discs (between L4 right down to S5). 

The strong buttock muscles can also compress the nerve. A postural muscle called the ‘piriformis’ can squeeze the nerve when overly tensed. When this happens, the symptom may be called ‘Piriformis Syndrome‘. 

What causes pain in the sciatic nerve?

It’s a mistake to believe the nerve itself causes your pain. While the pain does, of course, come from the nerve, the nerve doesn’t cause pain because it’s ‘bad’ or in need of ‘treatment’.
We experience nerve pain when a nerve is compressed (or in very rare cases damaged).  In other words, the pain we get is just a symptom.  When we accept this, the next logical question is what is causing the compression.

Taking a step back to look at the bigger picture of you as a functional whole, we start to see that, excluding external factors, there are only three main ways to compress the nerve. Either muscular tension or some other tissue such as bone or disk.

In the majority of cases, the pressure is almost always down to how a person is moving or functioning in their daily life. A bulging disk may be pressing on the nerve, but again this leads us to ask — why would a disc bulge? This brings us back to muscle tension and unnatural body mechanics.

How I help people overcome pain in the sciatic nerve

By learning how to move more naturally, the way you did when you were a child, you can alleviate the imbalances, pressures and strains that generate excessive muscle tension. When you move in balance, your muscles and spine naturally decompress. Decompression means there’s more space around your sciatic nerve — it is no longer pinched, and the pain goes away.

In other words, unnatural movements can cause sciatic nerve pain, and re-learning how to move naturally is the solution.

For more information, or to book a consultation, please contact Andrew on 087-9387302. Or email andrew@amonaghan.net

How to deal with sciatic nerve pain

Sciatic Nerve Pain

What causes sciatic nerve pain and how can you treat it?

Do you suffer from sciatic nerve pain? Sciatica comes with many symptoms; whether get throbbing lower back pain, shooting pains down your legs when you’re sitting or standing, burning or tingling sensations. Some people feel a sense of loss of strength or a feeling of numbness.  You can read more about sciatica’s symptoms here:  http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/sciatica-symptoms

The most important thing to take in is that sciatic nerve pain may have symptoms that go from your lower back all the way down to your feet, but the cause of these symptoms is happening indirectly. Let me explain.


How I can help you to relieve sciatica — permanently

The important thing to realise about sciatica, as well as any other kind of nerve pain, is that in the vast majority of cases, as many as 97%, the pain is merely a symptom. The pain happens because the nerve gets compressed as a result of muscular forces or a mechanical issue.

In other words, the pain may be coming from a nerve, but the nerve itself is not the problem. The pain is generated indirectly by whatever is compressing or impinging upon the nerve.

In most cases, unnecessary, excessive muscle tension, as well as poor body habits, cause sciatica symptoms. For example sitting or standing with excessive muscle tension due to imbalances.

I work to help you identify strains, as well as abnormal movements which can cause this compression of the nerve. For example, a common issue is the around the L3-L4 vertebrae, also L1-L2 or L4-L5. These are vertebrae that are commonly compressed when people are bending unnaturally or adding excessive, unnatural muscular forces into this area of their back. I can help you to release this tension, so that the muscles release, the spine lengthens and this all decompresses the area around the nerve.

For more information, or to book a consultation, please contact Andrew on 087-9387302. Or email andrew@amonaghan.net