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January 2014

Self Care

Sciatic Pain

pregabalin Piriformas Syndrome This is the most common cause of sciatic pain and is created when pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve by the Piriformis muscle. Muscle imbalances pull the hip joints and pelvis out of place and this change of position typically shortens and tightens the Piriformis muscle, which then places pressure on the sciatic nerve. As you can see in example A, the sciatic nerve runs under the Piriformis muscle the majority of the time... however; it occasionally will run thru or around the Piriformis muscle as shown in the other examples. Whatever the case, muscle imbalances will cause major problems and are the underlying cause of Piriformis syndrome. When a muscle overpowers the opposing muscle, you have a muscle imbalance... Think Tug-of-War...
When your muscles are out of balance they pull your bones and joints out of their normal position and this places your muscles, bones and joints under constant stress and uneven pressure...
For example, the position and curvature of your spine is determined by numerous muscles and whether they are balanced or not... There are over 640 muscles in the human body! Nearly every muscle in the body affects your spine and if just one of these muscles are out of balance you're in trouble.

pregabalin Here's an Example of Excessive Curvature In The Lower Spine Due To Muscle Imbalances...
This is just one of the many problems that can be created by undetected and untreated muscle imbalances...
What your body and an automobile have in common.
Here's a quick analogy that will show you how much alike the human body and an automobile are... What happens when you drive your car with unbalanced tyres or your steering out of alignment? Your tyres will wear down unevenly and quicker than normal... and eventually you'll have a blowout... the same is true for your body!
It's critical for you to understand that your body alignment and mechanics are affected by your muscles and even the smallest muscle imbalance can, overtime, place tremendous amounts of uneven pressure and wear and tear on your body, especially the spine and its supporting muscles.

pregabalin Herniated Discs Sciatica can also be caused by pressure on the nerve due to a herniated or bulging disc. A herniation is when a disc protrudes out from between the vertebrae and this can either be caused by an event like a car accident. It could also be months or years of uneven pressure due to muscle imbalances. Here's An Example of a Herniated Disc. Take a quick look at this MRI image... You should see the disc bulging out towards the right and pressing on the nerve...This is the type of damage muscles imbalances can create when they are not addressed! And, unfortunately, no amount of ultrasound, electrical stimulation, medications, cortisone injections, general exercises or chiropractic adjustments can correct the muscle imbalances that have created your back pain or sciatica. Herniated discs are probably one of the most common diagnoses for sciatica out there and this diagnosis is often used when a doctor can't find an explanation for the person's pain. Similar to a doctor explaining away various aches and pains as arthritis. Plus, research has shown that in many cases, people live with herniated discs yet never have any back pain or symptoms. The point is, if you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc, it may not be what is really causing your back pain! Even if you have had x-rays and MRI's done that show a herniated disc, chances are still very good that it is not the problem. The problem is, even if you were diagnosed with a herniated disc, you have to understand that if you don't address what caused the disc to herniate in the first place, you will likely struggle with back pain or sciatica for years. Nearly every herniated disc is the result of muscle imbalances! Here's a close up so you can see what happens to the spine when it's being pulled out of place. When your muscles pull your spine out of alignment, the uneven pressure and compression on your vertebrae wear down your discs much faster than normal. Finally it is very important to note that your discs are NOT designed to be subjected to this constant, uneven stress and that is why sooner or later they will begin to bulge or herniate.

pregabalin The secret to getting lasting relief In order to get long-term relief from back pain you have to start at the beginning, and that’s In order to get long-term relief from back pain you have to start at the beginning, and that’s with the muscle imbalances. This means you have to identify the muscle imbalances that you have and then work towards correcting and improving them. While this may sound complicated, the good news is it isn’t! Just by reading this advisory you should now have an understanding of how back pain develops and because of this your recovery will be much easier and faster than most other back pain sufferers. So how do you do find out which muscle imbalances you have? Three step formula to eliminate your sciatica.

Identify the Cause The first thing you need to do is identify the dysfunctions you have and the muscle imbalances that have created it. You can do this by performing a series of what we call "self assessments". We have found that there are four primary dysfunctions that are either directly responsible for, or contribute to, nearly every single case of back pain or sciatica. And you will be able to easily identify them using the simple tests we teach you in this system. Once you’ve identified your dysfunctions and imbalances, then it’s time for step two.

Treat the Symptoms You can’t correct the problem if your pain is so severe you can’t move. So in this step you'll implement various strategies to help reduce and manage your pain so you can focus on correcting the dysfunctions) that are responsible for your pain. Then you’re on to step three, which is…

Treat the Cause and Condition Remember, pain is just a warning signal from your body telling you that you need to fix a problem. So in this step you work on treating the cause, which is the dysfunctions and the muscle imbalances that created it and also implementing additional treatments and strategies that are specific to the condition you may have been diagnosed with. Beginning any treatment plan without first identifying all of the muscle imbalances is a recipe for failure and frustration. And unfortunately, that’s what typically happens in today’s medical community. Hopefully at this point you are saying to yourself, this makes so much sense…Here are some exercises for you to do each day. Once you have seen a specialist discipline yourself to put your exercises into a daily routine. It will only help you if you can do the exercises every day. I have seen with my own eyes it works. We are responsible for our body to be healthy, which means working on our diet, inside and out.

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