MASSAGE IS GOOD MEDICINE SERIES: SCIATICA: A Real Pain in the Butt

To Your Well Being

Many people have experienced the pain, tingling and numbness of either chronic or periodic  of sciatica.  The pain often starts in the gluteals area, (buttocks) but can travel down the leg and into the foot, along the path of the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica Pain Area Red shows areas of sciatica related pain

A number of things can set off sciatica, but basically, pressure on the sciatic nerve cauuse it to not work properly and produce the pain and other symptoms. The most common cause of this pressure is tightness (over contracted) of deep muscles below the gluteals. The sciatic nerve passes through this area and can get trapped. Any pressure on a nerve can interfere with the movement of nerve signals and cause pain or numbness, even loss of movement. For some people the nerve passes through the Piriformis muscle (instead of in front).

Since these muscles are buried beneath the large, thick gluteals…

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