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Sciatica, causes and cures

Alternative TherapiesPosted by Mayka Fri, July 03, 2015 08:45:07
Is sciatica ruining your life? Kinesiotaping can help

Most of us know at least one or more people complaining of a strange lower back-leg chronic pain. Sciatica is generally a term that comprises all of those pains that are ''shooting'' from your spine, into your lower back, buttocks, thigh, and in some cases, all the way to the knee, ankle or foot.

What causes Sciatica?

It is a condition mostly caused by a disc bulging out from between the vertebrae, pressing onto the sciatic nerve causing a constant excruciating pain. The disc is a little bouncy cushion between our vertebrae, that keeps our spine bendy and flexible, and at the same time it helps us soften the impact of bouncing and heavy lifting. It is soft gelatine encapsulated in a strong layer of cartilage. If this is being overstrained for a long time, the cartilage weakens and allows the liquid to leak out and press onto the nerve, causing the pain.

Why do some people suffer from Sciatica and others don’t?

The answer to this lies in the lifestyle you lead. Our body has been designed to handle quite a lot, for quite a long time too, but nowadays, more and more people tend to push it to the limit. We choose a sedentary lifestyle with not enough exercise and strengthening activity, or on the other hand, do long hours at monotonous, physically demanding jobs that only strain certain parts of our body (and spine). Now we're slowly starting to see how this weakened area on our disc has appeared from out of nowhere.

The site of the pain isn't always where you think it is

This pain is being caused in a place that is distant from a place where it projects itself and that is why so many times it takes a while to identify the problem. Regular treatments and release techniques offer very little relief, if any. The western medicinal choices for treatment of Sciatica include a whole spectrum of pain relief ranging from over the counter Ibuprofen, through Morphine to Epidural steroid injections. Most times the constant unbearable pain results in surgery, that removes the bulging bit of the disc, which bears a risk of causing even more irritation or permanent damage to the Sciatic nerve.

There are no other mainstream remedies, other than increasing the dosage of painkillers, so most of the sufferers are left on their own in the dark. There are ways to alleviate the pain temporarily by lying down flat on the floor (or other hard surface), grab onto wall bars and hang for a while, and try to stay active. I know this is a bit of a ''catch 22'', as you are not going to run a marathon with pain that's just about killing you, but keeping your back muscles strong is crucial to support your spine that is struggling.

New techniques are now available to alleviate pain relief while you build up your core strength

Kinesiotaping is a brilliant technique which is being applied to allow you a little break from the pain, while you take a look at correcting your posture and start building up muscle and strengthen your core. It is a technique developed in Japan in early 70's, and it is recognised to be effective enough to be banned in the Olympics as a doping. Special way of application of the semi-textile tape does alleviate the pressure in the injured area, which causes almost instant relief from pain.

I have had great results with many of my clients, who say it helped them alleviate pain enough to get into sports routine and build up more strength to keep the pain manageable in the next weeks and months to come. One client even told me that this treatment has given him his first pain-free week in a decade. He then came back a few weeks later to get taped for the Rugby final between England and Ireland, because he can't handle Sciatica and a hangover at the same time !!

Of course, while you're building yourself up and correcting your habits and routines, you might need a bit of help from mother nature:

The Forever Freedom drinking gel is an Aloe Vera based supplement with Glucosamine and Chondroitine, that are widely used to help with rebuilding lost or depleted cartilage

MSM gel is a topical ointment that assists with supplying the organic Sulphur that is naturally in bones and joints, and also serves as a brilliant local painkiller

…and of course, we couldn't go without a Heat Lotion, that offers a deep heat relief directly in the area of tension and discomfort, rather than just sitting on the skin and irritating it

Where can I get Kinesiotaping?

If you are interested in the Taping, please do ask for more details, as it improves blood circulation, aids natural body's lymph-drainage and helps heal traumatised tissue faster. There are hundreds of ways taping can help manage and improve an array of problems and pains, ranging from muscle support and relaxation, joint relief and realignment, wounds and bruises healing, gynaecological problems, support in pregnancy, Bunyan and many others.

The taping session would normally last between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on the area that needs to be treated and the massage and mobilisation techniques necessary to assess the correct method of tape usage.

You can BOOK YOUR SESSION NOW. Call me on 07964 722307 or write to me at

If you want some advice with your particular problem, don’t hesitate to ask.

You also need to be aware that the tape can be worn up to a week, so if you are planning to show a bit of skin at the party, please ask for nude coloured tape.

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