The sciatic nerve runs through the hip area through the pelvic bone and down each leg. The nerve splits into many branches of small nerves as it travels down the buttocks and into your legs and feet.
You would never even know the nerve even exists until it becomes sciatica, which is the name given to the pain that results from any irritation of this nerve.
One of the main causes of sciatica is triggered by a muscle that tightens around the nerve and puts pressure on the large nerve. Another source of irritation is when the sciatic nerve could be pressed on by a bulging or herniated disc, causing either persistent or occasional pain.
Sometimes, sciatica is caused by something simple, such as sitting too long with your legs crossed during a meeting, or it’s caused by sitting on that fat wallet in your back pocket.
Sciatica comes in many irritating forms. Patients describe it differently, but the treatments are often the same. It can manifest itself as a shooting pain, a burning sensation, a deadening numbness, or itchy tingling. It could also feel like an electric jolt or throbbing ache.
Sciatica could be exasperated by a simple cough or sneeze, or it can be triggered by a mild twist or quick movement of the back. Suffering from sciatica can make it uncomfortable to sit through a movie without constantly shifting in your seat, or needing to get up and stretch. The problem needs to be treated so that you can relax.
Sciatica can be treated by a variety of specific treatments including stretching exercises, deep tissue massage, changing diet, anti-inflammatory injections, and using a decompression machine.
Dr. Royce McGowan, Dr. Shelita McGowan, and Dr. Kwame Jenkins at the McGowan Medical Centers in Jacksonville, Florida use this non-invasive decompression machine for sciatica, which helps stretch the back and then relaxes it in a controlled way. This kind of therapy helps pull the disc around it and stimulates the area around the nerve.
A patient lays down fully clothed on a motorized table, and the lower half moves up and down while the lower part of the body is harnessed and slides back and forth allowing the muscles to tighten, then relax. There’s no pain involved, just relief.
Check out this technique under the consultation of the doctors at the McGowan Medical Centers in Jacksonville by making your appointment today.
Notes: Notes said they wanted the decompression table mentioned so I did that in all the services where this kind of therapy applies.
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