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This week, Jessica interviewed our Massage Team: Courtney, Crystal, & Charmaine. No, we didn't do it on purpose (Massage Therapist interviewed all start with the letter, "C"), our team just happens to have Massage Therapists that start with letter, C.
Mayo Clinic says that "Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. ... Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve."
1st we will go over what Courtney has to say about it.
Courtney wants to know if you've done any heavy lifting or strenuous work lately, especially if it's out of the ordinary work. Sometimes when you move in a way that your body is not used to it can cause the nerve to become impinged, pinched, and in shock. The sensation can be from your buttock to the back of your legs to your toes. Courtney said that massage therapy and certain stretches can help relieve this pain. One of the stretches she suggest is to place your right ankle against your left knee, hold the position for a minute before changing legs and repeat by switching side. A Top Tip from Courtney is to avoid driving or sitting down for an extended period of time(get up and walk around every hour). Also make sure your wallet is not in your back pocket. This puts pressure on your sciatica nerve.
Crystal wants to know what is your occupation and your daily activities? She said sitting at a desk and not lifting properly can cause you to have sciatica stress. Have you had any previous injuries or accidents to your back? If you have had car accidents (like me) or surgery then that can cause stress to your lower back and the glutes area. This could pinch the sciatica nerve causing pain from lower back on down. Crystal's top TIP is stretching and ice packs. Lift with your legs (NOT YOUR BACK), stretch one time per hour, take 20 minute Salt Baths(we love Himalayan Sea Salt). Crystal said when she is able to massage your glutes and really focus on the piriformis muscle you should experience relief.
Charmaine kept it short and sweet and she said that even though we are all different and unique most people will find relief within 2-3 massages and it depends upon the severity of it. The most common ages it is seen is from ages 30-70 and men are effected 3 times more than women!!! Go figure! A tip Charmaine would like you to know is to where comfortable, supportive shoes, and back support aides(look for a desk chair with a sturdy support).
If you've been experiencing "Sciatica Pain" we encourage you to schedule your massage here, today.
Schedule with Charmaine-http://bit.ly/CharLMT
Schedule with Courtney-http://bit.ly/CourLMT
Schedule with Crystal-http://bit.ly/CrysLMT
Get that pain relief in today by scheduling yourself a massage therapy session and don't forget about the tips.
Relax & Let Go
Owner/Stress Management Life Coach
Nicky Stansbury is the owner of La Palmera Spa & Nicholyn Coaching. She loves motivating people and helping them manage their stress appropriately.