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Sciatica

Summary

In America, 37% are sitting office work jobs. But in general, 60% of our time we are sitting,when were working, commuting for work,  even after we get home and decide to sit down and watch television. We relax from a long day at work. 80% of people automatically slouch when sitting and sometimes even when their standing. Another factor  most cases people don’t stretch correctly before exercising, and exercise the right amount. Then they feel a sharp pain in their low back that radiates down their legs. There is a good chance that they are experiencing sciatica.  Sciatic pain occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated or under abnormal pressure. This pressure can come about from everyday activities or habits that have never caused any problems in the past. Little everyday habits can weaken the lower back, eventually putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Cause

Sciatica usually only affects one side of the body.  Sciatica can happen anytime the sciatic nerve is under pressure.  The cause can be as simple as low back and hip fatigue. Other common causes include bone spurs, damaged discs, pregnancy and misalignment of surrounding fascia. Spasms may accompany sciatic pain.  Other contributors to sciatica include being overweight, infrequent movement(exercise), wearing high heels and sleeping on mattresses that are either extremely firm or way too soft.

 

Effects

Sciatica affects the whole body even though you might only experience pain when sitting and walking.  At first sciatica may present itself as a dull ache in the lower back but as our body starts to compensate for the imbalance in the system. This leads to a favored leg when standing or walking.  Shifting weight while sitting or driving. The longer we let the problem fester the more pain could be experienced when one day it hurts to sit or put weight on one leg.

Treatment

Test it.  

The first step to any treatment plan is confirming the origin of your pain.  Is it really sciatica or just generic low back pain? We would run through a series of tests, paying very close attention to pain levels and movements that replicate symptoms.  Tests will include squats, toe touch, child’s pose and runner’s stretch to name a few. Once we know for sure that you have sciatica we can start building a treatment plan to alleviate the pain and keep it away as long as possible.

Manual Therapy.

  The first treatment will focus on the low back, hips and thighs.  Starting with the client on their side we will sink into the lower back just above the pelvis pulling the fascia tissue back towards the spine.  Some superficial abdominal work will also be used to balance the front to back. Then we will sink into the hip muscles paying close attention to trigger points that replicate symptoms. After the hip we will move down into the thighs. Follow up treatments will follow similar patterns with client lying supine or prone depending on the area of focus for that treatment.

At home care.  

A packet of at home exercises will be made available to help assist the treatments provided by your therapist.  Exercises for the low back include the static back, airbench and groin stretches to name a few. These exercises, when performed regularly, help re pattern the fascia tissue in the area to its original alignment which will decrease both pain and likely recurrence of symptoms in the future.

Is that all?  

Even with our detailed treatments and at home exercises, it will come down to correcting daily habits that pull the fascia out of alignment in the first place.  Keep in mind that it will take at least three to five sessions to notice a significant change or even elimination of symptoms. Once the pain is gone we do recommend coming in for our Structural Integration therapy sessions to help align other areas of the body.

 

Annie from Layton, UT Testimonial

I’ve been able to get my life back thanks to the therapists at Structura. Taylor and Skye were amazing at listening and critically thinking. They were both very professional. I had dealt with 1.5 years of debilitating pain in my lower back and shooting pain down my legs. After physical therapy, multiple steroid shots, and mediations to deal with the pain I heard about Structura. Thanks to these amazing people I can sleep through the night, enjoy activities I love, and play with my kids. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing more than a relaxing massage.

Pamela from Utah Testimonial

I was afraid to try Structura because I heard the therapy might be painful. But it was going into months and months with plantar fasciitis and not being able to walk without limping and waddling. That was painful too. Through the therapy sessions, I found that I was twisted and seized up all over. I’m not sure when the fasciitis actually completely healed, but it did 100%. The therapy was a little painful, but nothing like the pain of months of fasciitis and years of waddling. At 58 years old, I can finally move my legs again so I can walk normally and start exercising.

Jon from Ogden Utah Testimonial

Working with Structura Body Therapies has been a life-changing experience. They are not only extremely skilled in their practice, but are very educational. I noticed a big difference after the first visit

John
Ogden, UT

Debra Testimonial

The people are friendly, and make you feel at ease. They are very professional, and I saw results fast. I am thankful that there is hope to take away my pain, which I have lived with for so long. I would highly recommend Structura to anyone.

Tiffany from West Valley, UT Testimonial

I was having some lower back pain and and they’re deep tissue massage helped me feel better. The therapist was really nice and I felt amazing after the 60-minute session. I would highly recommend anyone with back pain to go to them. -Tiffany

Kellie from Hooper, UT Testimonial

I am running again! Less than a year ago, I had a doctor, physical therapist, and a chiropractor all tell me I needed to stop running because of constant back and neck pain, along with ankle and groin injuries. Well, they were wrong! Because of Stuctura Body Therapies, in the last 2 months, I have ran a half marathon, a 5K, and I am continuing to run 3 times a week. The 10-week Structural Integration program, and continued maintenance, have been a true blessing for me. The therapists and staff at Structura are the best, and are professional and caring. So grateful to have found this amazing technique.

Kaylee from North Ogden, UT Testimonial

I was experiencing a lot of knee pain after having surgery for a torn ACL. Months of physical therapy and a 2nd knee surgery didn’t help the pain and issues I was having. I was ready to just live with the pain but I decided to give Structura’s therapy a try. It has helped my knee tremendously! My knee pain is gone and my range of motion is back! So happy I found this therapy! If you are experiencing pain that your doctors can’t figure out, I would highly recommend Structura’s therapy!

Jessica from Ogden, UT Testimonial

Structura has truly helped me so much! It was a long road to recovery, but I skipped the surgeries and was able to naturally heal over time. I continue to go on a regular basis for maintenance now. This is an amazing way to stay in top performance and learn about mobility and movement.

J. Sanchez from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I was introduced to Structura Body Therapies by a family member.  I have suffered from chronic pain for the past 9 years and the source of the pain was finally diagnosed. I started coming to Structura to see how their therapies could help me before, between, and after the two hip surgeries I would need to correct the source of my pain. I cannot express enough how pleased I am with the results of the therapy thus far!  I recently had the first surgery and the therapies from Structura Body Therapies have cut my healing time by 4 weeks! I am looking very forward to completing my next surgery and then starting the Structural Integration program with Structura.

Nick from Kaysville, UT Testimonial

 

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Lisa from Layton, UT Testimonial

I felt so good after each of the 10 sessions of Structural Integration. Parts of my body that bothered me before the session felt so much better after being worked on. My knees that hurt before, didn’t bother me after being worked on.

Jeannie from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I am a 62 year old female. For several years, I have become less flexible and stiff. I was introduced to Structura and finished the 10 weekly sessions of Structural Integration. They are very professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Structura Body Therapies’ therapy.

Susan from Neveda Testimonial

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

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