Years ago I bent over to pick up a leaf and I couldn’t stand up.
I was brought to my knees – literally – because of the pain in my lower back which was radiating down my right leg. I was working in an office at that point, and found myself lying on the floor for a day, while answering the phone. Not one of my best days!
I was told I had a disc issue, and that the pain resulted from something called sciatica not to be confused with piriformis syndrome which can produce similar painful symptoms. Apparently, I was fortunate enough not to have lower back pain that radiates down both legs – and believe me, one leg was bad enough!
I had a no-nonsense doctor back then who told me to take care of myself by doing appropriate exercises and warned me against doing forward bends as this could cause further damage. (I have exercised appropriately ever since.)
So what triggers sciatica? Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated or pinched, sending sharp pains radiating through the nerve, which in my case was my right leg. The sciatic nerve, is the longest nerve in the body, starting at the spine in the lower lumbar area, just where my problem was coming from, running from the lower back, through the buttocks and down the backs of both legs, and then through hamstrings and calves.
Pinching or irritation of the sciatic nerve is caused by problems in the lumbar spine. An injury such as bulging or herniated disc, or joint inflammation, general wear and tear, or spine degeneration in the lumbar region can all result in sciatica. I often think of when I used to cycle to school, and (not always) but often 2 of my middle toes would go numb, so I guess I may have been born with the discs in my spine not in perfect order.
I had no idea how long this ‘Sciatica’ would last and needed to do something to alleviate the pain. My quest began.
I resorted to a day or two of pain killers – to no avail.
I did some gentle modified yoga stretching which helped a bit, but not enough.
I tried some swimming which just irritated further it instead of helping.
I then tried physio too (the hands on kind), and even an injection to reduce pain and inflammation, the effect of which was disappointing.
And then, thank goodness, I found NST Bowen Therapy.
For me and many others, NST Bowen therapy has proved to be most effective in treating lower back pain that radiates down both legs, as well as other sciatica symptoms.
This therapy uses gentle rolling moves over muscles and tendons, on very specific points on the body. The intention is to relax the nervous system as well as tense muscles, tendons, and ligaments, thereby allowing the pinched sciatic nerve to be released.
How long will sciatica take to heal by using NST Bowen Therapy?
With NST Bowen therapy, the results vary – after one session there may be an immediate release from pain, or certainly a decrease in pain, or it may take a number of appointments. In my case it took 3 sessions before the pain had gone completely.
During the time of my treatments, the tension and pain of the sciatica shifted to my one knee before finally leaving my body. This shifting tension is quite common, as it is the body’s way of coming back into balance.
Suffering from frequent or daily back pain doesn’t need to rule your life. So often people have tried everything by the time they get to hear about NST Bowen Therapy, and wish they had found it sooner.
Do you need to do anything else?
As well as having this treatment, I recommend:
– regular appropriate exercise
– a good sitting and standing posture
– the avoidance of picking up heavy objects
– staying hydrated
– maintaining a healthy diet.