Jo is a Pilates and biomechanics expert coach. Jo is likewise a senior fitness instructor and the Lead Quality Verifier for Drummond Education. Her long standing market experience in the industry of restorative exercise and biomechanics brings impressive results, for her clients with kinetic chain or movement disorders. Jo specialises in developing Pilates past its existing functional use, to an application that pushes the boundaries of science for therapy and health management.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a set of signs including discomfort that could be triggered by general compression or irritation of among five spinal nerve roots that trigger each sciatic nerve, or by squeezing or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. The discomfort is felt in the lower back, butt, or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is in some cases extreme, there may be pins and needles, muscular weak point, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in regulating the leg or moving. Usually, the symptoms are just felt on one side of the body. Discomfort can be serious in prolonged exposure to winter. (Wikipedia).
Exactly what causes sciatica?
Anything that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve or its root can develop the inflammation we describe as sciatica.
vertebral disc putting pressure on the nerve root,.
a mishap or fall on your buttocks that caused a trauma to the sciatic nerve going through the sciatic notch.
an overactive piriformis muscle tethering the nerve.
neural tension -caused by limitation on the sheath that borders the nerve. Your hamstring muscles could appear tight but they are simply securing a tethered sciatic nerve which requires launching and mobilising delicately.
Exactly what can we do to will help alleviate the discomfort?
Protect the Sciatic Nerve in Exercise -beware not to aggravate the nerve more than it already is; Nerves can be fussy and give you lots of feedback such as stress, tightness and tingling. Any exercise/stretches need to be conducted in a gentle way paying very close attention to not over activating this area.
Avoid over-recruiting muscles that press the sciatic nerve. E.G pressing the hip extensors (butts) too much.
And in some cases extension if the sciatica is from a broken disc then stay clear of going into unnecessary flexion.
Avoid putting the nerve on stretch; so gentle variety on hamstring stretches and leg circles, slowly enhancing variety over time.
Avoid too much flexion [forward flexing] in the lumbar spine which can aggravate the nerve if there is a disc sore. So work from a neutral spinal column, get things to relax and relocate, and get the core strong. You can do a lot of Pilates and still get rid of stress factors on the sciatic nerve.
Jo is a Pilates and biomechanics specialist coach. Jo is also a senior fitness instructor and the Lead Quality Verifier for Drummond Education. Jo specialises in establishing Pilates beyond its current functional use, to an application that pushes the borders of science for treatment and health management.
Sciatica is a set of symptoms consisting of pain that could be triggered by basic squeezing or irritability of one of 5 spinal nerve roots that offer increase to each sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritability of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. You can do a lot of Pilates and still remove stressors on the sciatic nerve.