Sciatica is a term used to describe pain that stems from the lower back and radiates down the back of the leg occasional down as far as the toes. It is a fairly common condition. The pain experienced can range from being a very annoying and niggling pain, to severe and debilitating agony. Usually affecting only one side of the body at a time.
Pain maybe accompanied by feelings of burning, tingling or even numbness in the legs, sometimes with pain in the lower back also. These symptoms all add to a decrease in mobility and a restriction of carrying-out everyday activities. The degree of symptoms depends on the amount of pressure exerted on the nerve, the sufferer’s pain threshold and whether it is a first episode or a recurring incident.
The most common cause of sciatica is due to a herniated or protruding intervertebral disc; this causes the compression or irritation of the nerve roots around that area of herniation. A disc can herniated by demonstrating poor lifting techniques, awkward bending, or sometimes from a simple sneeze or twist that is done in the wrong way and ‘jerks’ the body
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body and is the main nerve in the leg. It is also the nerve that responsible for transferring back impulses from the sole of the foot to the central nervous system and is therefore important for reflexology.
Reflexology induces the relaxation of muscles and releases any obstructions in the flow of energy. Thus, any tightening of the muscles due to pain or pressure can be eased away by this therapy. Reflexology encourages the release of the body’s natural hormones, such as endorphins, and these can induce an analgesic effect, reducing the pain from sciatica. This therapy also moves the body into a relaxed state where its natural healing abilities can work at optimal levels. Many studies have shown that after a few sessions, the timing and position of the pain and the intensity of the pain have reduced through reflexology.
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