Sciatica refers to symptoms related to the sciatic nerve which runs down the back of the leg from the lower back to the foot. Symptoms include pain (from mild to severe), burning, tingling or numbness, plus weakness in the leg and foot.
In persistent sciatica, when anything more serious has been ruled out (such as a tumour, a pelvic fracture or cauda equina), it is believed that sciatica is caused by pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This includes pressure believed to be due to stenosis (narrowing) caused by spinal degeneration, including a slipped/prolapsed disc, or as the nerve passes through a tight piriformis muscle in the buttock.
Interestingly numerous MRI scan studies have shown that slipped discs are just as common in people who don’t have pain as those who do. This fitted with my own findings before I came across this work, when many patients would become pain free after my gentle treatments, despite the fact that they still had the spinal degeneration.
Sciatica is also diagnosed even though often the pattern of the symptoms doesn’t fit with localised pressure on just the sciatic nerve, but includes symptoms related to other nerves too. The pain can even switch sides, which is not possible if the cause is due to a physical problem on one side of the spine.
Sciatica can be an extremely painful condition, but can stress cause sciatica and is there a successful treatment for sciatica? Absolutely and actually more often than not it is stress-induced and not due to a physical cause. When looking into how to treat sciatica, as with any other stress illness, long term success will only occur when any underlying emotional issues are recognised and dealt with.
Full Recovery is possible
I have been developing the SIRPA™ approach over the past few years based on growing evidence demonstrating that the brain can cause very real pain even where there is no physical damage. By addressing the underlying cause and because the process is reversible, full recovery is possible as you can see from the many real success stories, such as Louise’s. Marie also made a full recovery despite her MRI scan showing she had ‘massive disc protrusion at L5/S1, compressing both S1 nerve roots and causing marked central canal stenosis’.
To find out more about how you too could recover
from your sciatica listen to this free introductory audio
Steps to recovery
- Listen to the full SIRPA Recovery audio or CD for a full understanding and tools to help you begin your own recovery journey.
- The online SIRPA Recovery Programme – provides more in depth information, strategies and support for those who require additional guidance.
- One to one consultations with myself in person or via skype are possible, either for assessment or to help provide motivation and guidance while you are following the programme.
Other conditions we can help you resolve:
• Inconsistencies relating to current theories about chronic pain