What is the Sciatic Nerve?

Sciatic Nerve Treatment Gold Coast

figure 14.14 the sciatic nerve

The sciatic nerve branches off from the spinal column, see figure 14.14 , and runs down the leg splitting off into the smaller nerves of the thigh, leg, and foot.

The nerves of the lower limb send thousands of signals to the brain every second. On account of these signals we are able to:

  • move the large action muscles
  • utilise the small, stabiliser muscles
  • register pain, heat, cold, wet, dry, sharp or blunt

Without these signals we would not be able to move or sense danger and alter where we are going or how we are walking in order to avoid that danger.

The nerves are like electrical wires going to a light bulb.

If the signal does not get through the electrical wire then the light bulb will not turn on. If an electrical wire is damaged the signal cannot get through and the light will not turn on.

If the signal goes through the electrical wire intermittently the light bulb will flicker on and off. It is the same with the nerves. If a nerve is damaged or trapped these signals are unable to get to the brain successfully.

If the brain does not receive any messages, or it receives messages intermittently, or is unable to in interpret the messages it is receiving, the result can be numbness or tingling or pain.

Pain is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong, so if there is sciatic pain it is your body’s way of telling you there is something wrong. It could be that the sciatic nerve is trapped or damaged.

The sciatic nerve will not become trapped in isolation. If it is trapped it is necessary to start at the foundations to see if there is any misalignment of the foot, leg, or hip which is causing a rotation at the pelvis and leading to an entrapment of the nerve.

If there is any misalignment then by correcting this misalignment we can take the entrapment off the nerve and allow the signals to get through again. This can reduce the amount of numbness or tingling or pain. However, it is possible that some numbness, tingling, or pain will remain if any permanent damage has been done to the nerves.

Treating Sciatica

Our podiatry and physiotherapy treatment has helped many people with sciatica to walk pain free, wear different shoes and be free of orthotics.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Do You Do?

We work to get people out of pain, out of orthotics and keep them away from surgery.

We realign subluxed joints in the foot and lower limb with a system known as MME (Mobilisations, Manipulations and Exercises).

The Mobilisations and Manipulations (which are called adjustments) are done in clinic by your structural practitioner. The corrective exercises are done by the client at home.

How Many Adjustments Will I Need?

Every client is different and everyone will respond differently to treatment.

Some clients come to me after being in pain for 50 years, while other clients come after being in pain for only a couple of weeks.

 These are just a few of the many factors that will influence how you respond to treatment:

  • the amount of time you have been in pain
  • the different treatments you have tried
  • the nature of your work
  • the sports you participate in
  • your home and family life

How Long Before The Pain Stops?

Some clients are pain-free within a few adjustments and for other clients it is a gradual improvement over time.

Clients that get the best results are those who do all of their corrective exercises as prescribed.

By doing your prescribed exercises you will give your body the best chance to heal, which will reduce the pain.

Do I Have To Keep Doing Adjustments After The Pain Stops?

Pain is the body’s way of indicating something is wrong. Pain usually comes after damage has been occurring for a long time.

Rather than only treating pain, it makes more sense to ensure the joints are always the best they can be so that you can participate in your activities without pain.

It is the same as going to your dentist for a check-up or taking your car to a mechanic for a service. It is always better to do maintenance.

After I have realigned the joints I work out a maintenance pathway to ensure you are able to carry on with your activities to the best of your abilities and pain free.

Do You Treat Everyone The Same?

Everyone is different. They have different problems, symptoms, and subluxations.

Each client is treated individually. They are given different adjustments, and their exercise program is specifically tailored for them.

By carrying out a treatment regime of MME (Mobilisation, Manipulation, and Exercises) we are able to realign the joints in the feet and lower limb, which in time can reduce the symptoms.

Why Has No One Told Me This Before?

This is probably the question I get asked most frequently.

There are a number of reasons why no one has told you this before. Depending on who you see, will determine the information you receive.

Most practitioners treat the pain people come in with rather than looking for the underlying cause. So if you go to a practitioner seeking relief from your knee pain or hip pain then they will usually investigate the knee or hip, without looking at the feet.

GPs know about a vast number of things, but they cannot specialise in all of them. GPs do not understand the structure of the lower limb in the way that a structural podiatrist does. However, GP’s usually refer their patients to other practitioners who can help them.

By visiting a practitioner who understands the need to look for the root cause of the problem you give yourself the best chance of success.

Can You Treat Me Even At My Age?

I treat all ages from 5 to 85. However, the way I treat a 5 year old is very different to the way I treat an 85 year old.

Can I Get Freedom From Orthotics?

Many of my clients come to me after they have been fitted for orthotics that do not work.

By treating the cause of the problems, and realigning the joints in the feet, it is possible to get people out of orthotics completely.

Why Don’t You Use Orthotics?

An orthotic is an external device.

Instead of using an external device to realign the feet, we realign the joints internally through MME (mobilisation, manipulation, and exercises).

My Whole Family Has Bunions, Will I Get Them?

While we do inherit our parents genetics that does not mean we will inherit their bunions.

Bunions are a structural problem caused by the big toe being unable to move up and down properly.

Rather than resigning yourself to the idea that you will get bunions, it makes more sense to get your alignment checked by a structural podiatrist who can realign the joints and get the big toe to function better.

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