Before considering drastic treatment with injections, steroids or surgery, it is always best to try Deep Myofascial Release. DMR Therapy® is nearly always the most effective therapy for these problems.
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from the lower back through the hip and buttocks and down each leg. Problems with the sciatic nerve may produce pain, weakening, or tingling on one side of the body anywhere along the nerve path.
Fortunately the great majority of people diagnosed with “sciatica” really have muscle pain rather than sciatic nerve pain. Trigger points in one of the gluteal muscles can cause a pattern of pain identical to that of sciatica, by far the most common source of this pain pattern, illustrated in this image:
The X’s indicate trigger points in the gluteus minimus and the red is the pain pattern produced by these points.
Another common misdiagnosis for much pain that occurs in the hip is “wear and tear” or degeneration of the hip joint. These and other trigger points that send pain directly into the joint, however, are much more likely the cause of hip joint pain. Knowledge of this could eliminate many unnecessary hip surgeries.
Pain in the lateral leg is commonly misdiagnosed as IT Band Syndrome. The Ilio-tibial band is a dense, fibrous band of connective tissue that runs from the hip down to the knee. Almost every doctor, personal trainer, therapist or yoga instructor will tell you that in this case one needs to stretch the IT band although because of its strength, density and anatomy, it cannot be deformed or stretched.
The good news is that in any of these cases, this pain can easily be eliminated using the DMR (Deep Myofascial Release) to eliminate trigger points and stretch the fascia (where possible).
Another possible source of this pain is Piriformis Syndrome, in which the sciatic nerve is trapped by the tight piriformis muscle as seen in this illustration:
Again, this is a muscular problem. The tight piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve, causing the same symptoms. Releasing this muscle eliminates the sciatic pain.
Real sciatica normally feels like an electrical current, and has its origin in the lumbar (lower back) area where the sciatic nerve is pinched by the vertebrae:
Fortunately this situation is fairly rare. Though X-rays may show problems in the vertebra that appear to be the cause of the sciatica, many people with similar findings have no symptoms whatsoever. Thus it is quite possible that the X-ray does not show the real origin of the pain. If it is the real source, again it might well be the result of a muscular spasm that clamps down on the vertebrae causing the pinching.
Before considering drastic treatment with injections, steroids or surgery, it is always best to try Deep Myofascial Release. DMR is nearly always the most effective therapy for these problems. This technique goes straight to the source of the problem and gives the fastest results. It is not an invasive treatment and has no side effects. In one session one normally feels a considerable change or even the total elimination of the problem.