The sciatic nerve is a nerve that runs from the lower back, down through the leg. When this nerve is pinched, patients often report intense pain in their lower back, buttocks, and/or leg on one side of their body. The most common cause of a pinched sciatic nerve is a problem in the lower back. When the invertebral discs of your lower back are bulging, they consequently press against your sciatic nerve, resulting in pain and irritation along the course of the nerve.
The bulging of the lumbar discs that causes sciatic pain can come from many different origins: an accident, a slip and fall, the deterioration of the disks, a series of muscle spasms in the back.
Common treatments for sciatic pain include cortisone injections, or chiropractic work. Typically, these treatments attempt to correct the bulging without much attention to what really may have caused it. The important thing, in any case, is always to discover the why of the problem. Even after a chiropractor corrects your spinal alignment, the distressed muscles that caused the misalignment in the first place will often pull your lower back right back into the pained position you started in.
In some cases, patients end up undergoing surgery and only a few years later have to endure surgery again, simply because the cause of the problem was not treated.
In many cases with the lumbar spine, the bulging disc that is hurting your sciatic nerve is caused by an excessive muscle spasm that occurs on one side of the spine more than on the other. This muscle spasm forces the spine to lean to one side, causing a bulging or herniated disc on the side opposite the spasm.
In the majority of cases, it is possible to stop the disc bulging simply by relieving the muscle spasm that caused it. Often, patients mention pain on one side of the lower back, there will be excessive muscle spasms on the opposite side.
Using Souzing ℠ massage therapy, Jason Souza identifies the knotted muscle groups, he focuses on breaking the adhesions between the muscle fibers, permitting the muscle to return to its relaxed state. Once the muscle returns to normal, it stops the lumbar discs from bulging, and consequently removes the source of the irritation from your sciatic nerve. This allows your body to naturally right itself.