How To Massage Sciatica To Reduce Leg Pain Massage Monday 226
Hi everyone. This is Yasuko and it’s time for Massage Monday. This week I’m going to talk about how to selftreat sciatica or more accurately pseudosciatica using a lacrosse ball or Thera Cane. I often have clients come in with quot;sciaticaquot; issues with a pain shooting down from the hip to the leg and even numbness in the leg. So what is sciatica? Sciatica is an inflammation of sciatic nerve that runs through the hip and down the side of the leg or the back of the leg. The common symptom is the radiating pain from the hip all the way to the leg. Medically speaking it is caused by a pinch of the nerve in the lower back by herniated discs or bone spurs which can be medically treated by a.
Surgery as a last resort. However, this pain that shoots down the leg may be caused simply by tight gluteal muscles, the muscles in the buttocks, specifically by the trigger points found in gluteus minimus. Let’s call this pseudosciatica because it’s not really sciatica but has the similar pain like the real sciatica and it makes it hard to get up from the chair or stand straight. Trigger Points are the tight spots in muscles that are stuck in a contracted state and forgot to release. They are sore or painful to touch but they also cause pain elsewhere called referred pain. This is what I mean. In this case, the X’s are the trigger points in gluteus.
Minimus and the red areas are the referred pain. When you loosen these trigger points the pain in the red area will be gone. These trigger points can be created from various reasons such as sitting crooked for a long time in front of the computer, TV, car, airplane, especially if you keep a wallet in your butt pocket, or from playing sports like tennis, walking, running, swimming, and cycling for a long period of time. To treat the trigger points first find the hip bone. Then go down on the side of the hip to find the greater trochanter which is the big bump on the top of the thigh bone. The gluteus minimus is located between these landmarks. It is the deepest layer of the.
Gluteus muscles. You can also lean side to side and feel the muscles contracting as you lean to the target side. Then put a lacrosse ball on the muscle and lean against the wall and roll it over the tight spot for 10 times which should take no more than 20 seconds. You don’t want to do it too long because it involves some pain and you don’t want to bruise the muscle. If you are working on the right side, stand on your left leg. Or almost lift your right foot to loosen the target muscle. When you massage the muscle should be relaxed and loose so you can dig deeper. As you saw this muscle gets contracted and tight when you put on your weight on this side. If you have a pain on the side of the leg, look for.
A painful spot more towards the side between the hip bone and thigh bone. If you have a pain in the back of the leg, look for a painful spot towards the center of the glutes under the hip bone. If lacrosse ball is too hard and painful, you can use a tennis ball. You can also use Thera Cane if you have one. With Thera Cane put the ball on the tip on the gluteus minimus from behind, hold it with both hands in a comfortable position, lean to the other side, and press on the tight spot for 10 times. BTW if you don’t have Thera Cane it’s a great selfhealing tool. I’ll put the link below. Repeat this treatment three to six times a day every day to see the results. If you tend.
To sit in front of the computer for a long time and if that’s causing this problem it’s a good way to take a short break because it shouldn’t take more than 20 seconds. Remember only do it 10 times at a time. Besides the daily selftreatment I highly recommend working with a massage therapist in your area who knows and believes in Trigger Point Therapy who can treat you and check if you are doing it right. If you have a pain in your body and want to find out if Trigger Point Therapy can help, let me know and I will cover in the future tutorials. Holistically speaking I would avoid.
Surgery as much as possible unless you’ve exhausted all the other holistic options and must have it done to treat the pain. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you back next week. Make it a great week and please don’t forget to subscribe.
Massage Tutorial Gluteal region gluteus maximus piriformis sciatica
Hi everyone, I’m Ian Harvey, massage therapist. This is my friend Christina. Today we’re going to be talking about the gluteal region. Some people have some trepidation about working with the butt, but this is an important area. Your gluteal region connects your legs to your body, it affects your low back, it affects your abdomen, it affects pretty much everything, and yet a lot of the time we don’t even touch it as massage therapists. So let’s look at some easy ways of working with this area.
First, let’s talk about undraping. I like to come at the glutes from the top down, and from the leg up. When I’m coming down from the back and the back is already undraped, maybe I’m working down this side of the body and I feel like undraping the hip, I’ll restrain the drape at around L5 or the sacrum. And then I will fold over. And at this point, you could tuck into the side here but I usually don’t because I’ll be working a little under the drape here, which we’ll see in a second.
If I wanted access to the entire hipglute region, I would restrain the folded over drape right around the PSIS. So come around to the side a few inches, out to this lateral sacrum, restrain the drape there, and then fold over again, and then tuck at the inner thigh between the knee and the hip. To undrape from the leg, so let’s say that you have the leg undraped already, if I wanted to undrape this further, first I would restrain the drape at this tuck at the inner thigh, and this will allow me to draw the drape medially without the drape getting away from me, or.
Creating any sort of draft. From here I can work on most of the hip, I can even work up into the low back if I were to leave this drape up. You can of course tuck around to the side if you want to offer a little more security. When I’m draping this area, I make sure to do a lot of bunching of the fabric. I’ll bunch the fabric up, and then I’ll end with a fold. The fold keeps the fabric in place, the bunched up fabric prevents any sort of draft from happening, it creates a very nice thermal barrier.
So, if I’m working in this area and her leg’s moving, her muscles are moving, there’s much less chance of this drape coming undone or sliding off. So let’s talk about some relevant landmarks. First, let’s find the SI joint. That’s the sacroiliac joint. You’ll find it if you palpate the ilium, this broad sheet of bone that forms the posteriorlateral part of the pelvis. And then come medial a bit, and you’re going to hit this big roadblock.
This is the edge of the triangular sacrum. A lot of the trouble that can happen in the hips you’ll find right along this SI joint. People will report pain right here, and they might report it as low back pain. So when people say they’ve got low back pain, ask them to point it out, they may just point out this ridge of bone here. This is a place where trigger points often hide, but if there’s any trigger point activity here, I want you to look at all of the things that connect right there at that SI joint. We’ll talk about that more in a second.
Palpate superiorly and laterally and you’ll feel the iliac crest. This is the outer border of that ilium, and if you don’t come all the way up to that iliac crest, you’re not going to be getting all of these glute muscles. You’re going to be ignoring part of their tendinous attachment. You can indeed feel the top of that ilium, and the top of that ilium is where the QL attaches, so it’s just a good site to know in general. If you come around the front far enough, you’ll find the ASIS. Down the side here, you’ll find the greater trochanter.