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July 1, 2013

Jo is a Pilates and biomechanics specialist coach. Jo is likewise a senior fitness instructor and the Lead Quality Verifier for Drummond Education. Her long standing market experience in the field of restorative exercise and biomechanics brings outstanding outcomes, for her clients with kinetic chain or movement dysfunctions. Jo specialises in developing Pilates past its present useful use, to an application that pushes the borders of science for therapy and wellness management.

Exactly what is sciatica?

Sciatica is a set of signs consisting of discomfort that may be triggered by general squeezing or inflammation of among five spine nerve roots that trigger each sciatic nerve, or by squeezing or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to discomfort, which is sometimes severe, there could be numbness, muscular weak point, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in relocating or managing the leg. Normally, the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body. Pain can be extreme in extended exposure to winter. (Wikipedia).

Exactly what causes sciatica?

Anything that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve or its root can develop the irritation we describe as sciatica.

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vertebral disc putting pressure on the nerve root,.

an accident or fall on your buttocks that caused an injury to the sciatic nerve passing through the sciatic notch.

an overactive piriformis muscle tethering the nerve.

neural tension -caused by constraint on the sheath that borders the nerve. Your hamstring muscles may appear tight however they are just safeguarding a tethered sciatic nerve which requires releasing and mobilising delicately.

Exactly what can we do to will help relieve the discomfort?

Shield the Sciatic Nerve in Exercise -beware not to irritate the nerve more than it already is; Nerves can be fussy and provide you lots of feedback such as tingling, tightness and tension. Any exercise/stretches must be carried out in a gentle way paying very close attention to not over activating this location.

Avoid over-recruiting muscles that press the sciatic nerve. E.G pressing the hip extensors (buttocks) too much.

If the sciatica is from a damaged disc then avoid entering into unneeded flexion, and in some cases extension.

Avoid putting the nerve on stretch; so gentle variety on hamstring stretches and leg circles, slowly increasing range gradually.

Prevent too much flexion [forward flexing] If there is a disc sore, in the lumbar spinal column which can aggravate the nerve. Work from a neutral spinal column, get things to move and unwind, and get the core strong. You can do a lot of Pilates and still eliminate stress factors on the sciatic nerve.

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Jo is a Pilates and biomechanics expert coach. Jo is also a senior trainer and the Lead Quality Verifier for Drummond Education. Jo specialises in establishing Pilates beyond its current useful use, to an application that pushes the boundaries of science for treatment and wellness management.

Sciatica is a set of signs including discomfort that may be caused by general squeezing or irritability of one of 5 spine nerve roots that offer rise to each sciatic nerve, or by squeezing or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. You can do a lot of Pilates and still eliminate stressors on the sciatic nerve.

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