The Sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, it’s kind of like a garden hose, If you can imagine that. Like a garden hose it can get squeezed at different locations. If water flows out a garden hose then electricity flows in the sciatic nerve and down into the leg muscles and nerves.
When the sciatic nerve tries to give power to the muscles in the leg, and it gets squeezed the electricity that comes out of the nerve is reduced and you feel pain in the muscles because the muscles are not getting enough power to do their job. This causes the feeling of tightness around the calf and in the buttock area. It also makes the sciatic nerve feel like its being pulled almost like a fishing line tensioned when a fisherman attempt to pull up on a heavy fish in the ocean.
Top 3 Three Reasons For Sciatica Pain:
- Piriformis: The muscle called the piriformis in your buttock is deep inside the butt, and when it does the work of the gluteus maximus which is your number one hip muscle for running, standing up from a chair, or walking then that small muscle in the butt presses on the sciatic nerve and that causes the pain, numbness and heaviness into the calf and leg.
- Joints of the Lower Back : The Sciatic nerve can also get irritated in the lower back segments. The lower back needs muscle control to prevent instability. This means that in order to hold your spine in good position when you are lifting, or bending or even sitting the segments of your spine must be well supported by your core muscles. When the segments shift due to lack of core stability, there is pressure on the nerve that comes out of the spinal canal. This pressure can cause the pain to shoot down the leg
- Hip Flexor Tightness: The sciatic nerve can also get irritated when you have a tight hip muscle in the front of your thigh. Most of us sit for many hours of the day and that creates a shortening of the nerves and muscles in the front of the thigh called the psoas muscle. When our hip tries to do its normal job and push us up from a sitting position or even help us move while we walk it tends to work harder because of lack of hip flexor mobility. This makes the sciatic nerve feel tension from overuse.
ALLCARE Physical Therapy aims to add value to people suffering with chronic pain. 80% of people can self fix their own back pain, but it takes the right kind of treatment with the right dosage of exercise aimed at the right location of the body, to get long term relief and recovery. Visit ALLCARE Physical Therapy today and see what type of solutions we have that can get you to not only to feel relief for the short term, but get you to learn how to prevent the pain from ever coming back. Correct maintain and prevent is what we aim for!