The sciatic nerve is a big chunk of a nerve in the buttocks. It goes through the sciatic notch, a space made in the posterior pelvic bone, and travels down the back side of the leg. There are multiple nerves in the back that combine together to ennervate, or feed/supply nerves to the sciatic. Because there is sometimes back pain associated with sciatica, researchers and doctors assume that the smaller nerves from the back are causing the sciatic pain. Not so. I’ve rarely seen this as the case. Even if there were enough of the equina finale nerves to affect the very large sciatica nerve, researchers are not considering other contributing factors.
I’ve had many severe sciatica cases come to my office in my 20 years of therapy.
Here are some examples.
She could only walk three steps without bending down to stretch to relieve her sciatica.
One of my worst, and most stubborn, was a childcare department head at our state university. My client, Mary, told Merle to come see me. Merle ‘had no time’, even though in constant excruciating pain. Finally, not because of her pain but because of constant nagging one day by Mary, did she call me. I told her I could help her. She cried. I told her she’d need to follow my instructions though. She said she would if I could get rid of her pain for her. Merle then stated that she could only walk three steps without having to bend over and touch her touch to stretch her sciatic. I was awed. I told her to get herself in to see me. She said she was too busy and would come in a week.
When she arrived she walked, shuffled slowly. I again encouraged her that I will help her. I do whole body massages so once I got to her lower body and done with her right leg she broke her silence and with a broken voice she said: “I can feel my leg!”. I was amazed that she was missing that capability. I did the left leg. It was time to roll over. Instead, she got up on her elbows, put her face in her hands and wept. What’s wrong?” “I just can’t believe I can feel my legs for the first time in 8 years!” Eight years of the same pain!
I told her what to do with her pain, how to keep it away and never let it happen again. She should come back in 2 or three days, multiple times in a row because it was so severe. She said she was too busy and it’d have to be in a week. She came back in two weeks. That was her last appointment. I never saw her again until 4 months later when she brought her artist group into my restaurant. When she saw me she shouted to her group “This is the lady who helped me!” She gave me complete permission to tell her story.
Merle obviously did exactly as I told her.
Karen is a very active person and suffered for months. She went to chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, massage therapists. It did not help but momentarily.
I told her I had the answer. We talked at 10 pm. I promised.
When she had her treatment Karen said: “I can’t believe that actually feels good”. “Well, yea, it’s supposed to.” She said, “No, I mean everybody else hurt me. It hurt so bad that I held onto the table legs ‘biting’ my tongue so I wouldn’t scream.”
Karen loved athletics, especially kickboxing. She thought that was the cause of her problem but didn’t want to give it up.
I told Karen what was causing her pain and what to do about it and she did. She was going to come back in a few days but she was too busy and was doing much better. She did come back a couple months later and was much more healed despite the irritation of kickboxing. Karen didn’t do everything I said, just the things that suited her. That limits the complete recovery as well as the speed of recovery.