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What is Appendicular Sciatica?

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

    With "Appendicular Sciatica", both the root cause and our approach to treatment are different than would be the case with "Axial Sciatica" This is because in Appendicular sciatica, it is usually soft tissue that traps the sciatic nerve. This form of sciatica can be just as painful as axial sciatica, but it will typically respond to soft-tissue work. Axial Sciatica Axial sciatica can be associated with spinal instability (which may well be made worse if we go powering in with indiscriminate deep work), so in treatment of Axial sciatica our aim is simply to ease the whole-body tensing...

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Treating Sciatic Pain - The Slump Test

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Assessing Sciatic Pain - Stuart Hinds   Assessing Sciatic Nerve Pain - The Slump Test As a general rule, we apply the Slump test as a follow up to the Straight Leg Raise test. We do not use the Slump test as the "go to" test when assessing sciatic pain. We will invariably start with the straight leg raise. Where a straight leg raise evokes a positive response, do not continue to the Slump test. Please see the video above for details. Slump test is easy to apply and is a simple way to put the sciatic nerve under gradually increasing...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Sciatica

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

Sciatic Pain - Stuart Hinds demonstrates his approach to treating the Piriformis   A number of studies have shown the benefits of manual therapy for treating sciatica Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as a lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis. It is not a medical condition in and of itself. Overview of Sciatica The condition is characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. This is the largest nerve in the body, beginning at the lower back, and running through the hips and buttocks down to each leg. In most...

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Treating Sciatic Pain - Pace Test

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

  Pace Test - Stuart Hinds   Piriformis Syndrome Sciatic pain comes in many forms and often involves a number of muscles. The Pace test (for Piriformis) is a good indicator of piriformis efficiency and involvement - and "Piriformis Syndrome". Pace’s sign consists of pain and weakness by resisted abduction and external rotation of the hip in a flexed/sitting position. A positive test occurs in around half of the patients with piriformis syndrome.     Useful Links Find a Trigger Point Professional in your area More Articles About Sciatica Overview of Sciatica Dry Needling for Trigger Points NAT Professional Courses Certify as...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Sciatica Overview

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

Piriformis Syndrome - Stuart Hinds   Sciatica is not a diagnosis in itself, it is rather a symptom of an underlying problem Sciatica is an umbrella term given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve; this can include leg pain, sometimes accompanied by tingling, numbness, or weakness. Typically the pain originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve behind the thigh and radiates down below the knee.    The Sciatic Nerve The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is...

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