All About Sciatica

Sciatica is a literal pain in the butt, often characterized by constant buttock pain, burning sensations, tingling, and leg weakness. It stems from the compression of the sciatic nerve deep within the piriformis muscle. Fortunately, treatments like Lokte Method, MPS Therapy, The Fix, and self-care with tools like Yoga Tune Up therapy balls can provide relief.

All About Sciatica

Do you ever have those moments where you literally have a pain in your back? Or even worse? In your butt? And then you start to feel a tingling running down the back of your leg, and you might experience some numbness or tingling in your foot, and it sometimes travels up your back. No, you haven’t been struck by lightning; you’re probably experiencing an episode of sciatica.

What is sciatica, you ask? Aside from being a (literal) pain in the butt, it is a diagnosis that usually comes after experiencing some (or all) of the following:

  • Pain that is sometimes constant on one side of the buttock (it is rarely both sides, but still happens)
  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Leg pain that is often described as burning, numbing, tingling, electric (seldom described as a dull ache)
  • Weakness, numbness, difficulty moving the leg or foot that is affected
  • A sharp pain that makes it difficult to stand or walk
  • Pain that radiates down the back of the leg and into the foot.

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It is formed by the spinal nerves of your 4th lumbar vertebrae and your 3rd sacral vertebrae. I’m not going to bore you with all the science, but it travels a long way! Because it runs deep into the piriformis (which, if you sit on a Yoga Tune Up ball or have your neighborhood massage therapist palpate with her thumb or elbow), you might feel a lump right in the middle of your glute, and often it might make you want to jump off of the table or punch us. And because of how deep it runs, there is potential for the piriformis to compress or entrap the nerve (which is why you will often feel the pain starting there).

So, now that you’ve got it, how do you get rid of it? Well, you can start by booking a session. Between our massage services and manual therapy services like Lokte Method or MPS Therapy, our team has had tremendous success helping treat it and often eliminating it. From a self-care standpoint, you have several options. The first is the Yoga Tune Up therapy balls that I love so much. I have personally used both the Plus and Alpha balls to help with my own piriformis/sciatic nerve pain in the past.

Tune Up Fitness Therapy Balls PLUS with Tote

Tune Up Fitness Massage Therapy Alpha Ball

We also offer several Yoga Tune Up classes and workshops so you can take matters into your own hands (literally). Combining corrective exercise, functional movement, and self-massage, these classes are a great addition to your regular massage and bodywork sessions to help keep those aches and pains at bay.

In good hands,

Rebecca Tamm, LMT

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1 Comment

  1. Melissa

    Good post on sciatica! I hate the sciatica pain! I experienced it for years after a car wreck. The only thing to help relax it was regular massages! Its the only way I survived the pain! Years later I only have a few attacks. But thankyou God for the massages! I don’t know how I would have made it! The pain is real and so unbearable at times. Massages relaxed me and help me cope. I recommend for everyone! 🙂


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