Sciatic nerve?

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Postby practice » Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:46 pm

Hello, you have my sympathy as my husband is also suffering with sciatica from the mid thigh to the knee. He is under the specialist at the hospital and has seen the work place specialist, who has suggested tai Chi for back pain or Tai Chi for arthritis might help.

Any form of gentle relaxing exercise might help, but we too would be happy for helpfull ideas as it is me who is the tai chei enthusiast. Will post any advice given to us medically.
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Postby practice » Sun Jul 17, 2005 12:13 pm

Hello, in a recent magazine I found an article with some simple exercises for arthritis and sciatica. It is the July - September issue of Qi Magazine. I don't know if the article is on the web site, but go to :D :lol:
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Postby marc gengoux » Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:28 pm

Hello to you all,
I am Marc from France and my job, apart from teaching Tai Ji and Qi Gong, is healing. My speciality concerns the spine and all the troubles that arouses from vertebral disorders.
The sciatic pain, as mentionned by the two first messages, can have different origins. In fact, the so called sciatic nerve shares at least three nerve roots emerging from L 2 to L 4 and sometimes from L 5 also. From these roots, the thre, four or five nerves meet together to form a "common trunk" before they split again to give birth to different leg nerves as the sciatic nerve, the crural nerve etc. If any of these nerve roots is pinched because of a misplaced vertebra, it crates a pain that expersses itself somewhere in the leg, in fonction of the nerve origin.
Know, In the first message of the list, the pain seems to take place in the waist area and the upper part of the tigh. This means, that the problem takes place at the junction between L2 and L3. This is quite logical when you think that the original pain has started while working on "kicks". If you observe the spine mouvements during a kick, you will probably discover that the spine, to maintain the upper part of the body strait and authorize the lower part to be raised for the kick, then this double effort makes the spine "fold in the area located in the"lowest part of the mid spine", just where are located the L2 et L3 vertebras.
In the second case discribed in the second message, the trouble also takes its origin in the sciatic nerve, but this time, it probably starts lower on the spine, and between L3 and L4. The pain, is identic in the two cases, but this time, the pain apears a little bit lower on the leg.
For information, if the nerve of L4 L5 is pinched, the pain goes lower on the outside of the leg and to the ankle. When it is the nerve emerging from between L5 and S1 (first sacral vertebra) then the pain also goes down to the ankle, but this time, it also runs around the ankle to the inside of the leg.
Knowing this, you can easely understand the treatment you have to apply to your pain: you have to have a kiropractor or an osteopath replace your vertebras. Then, and only then, you should practice the proper Qi Gong exercises, and Tai Ji, to accelerate the heailing process by bringing more blood and energy to flow in the area.
I hope these few lines will help find the way of a better condition,
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Postby practice » Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:12 pm

Thank you for your helpfull advice Marc. On our last visit to the hospital the doctor gave us some gentle exercises to do.
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Postby Dvivid » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:10 am

Marc, great post. I have experienced sciatic pain and it is surprisingly unpleasant.

Stretching the hips in all directions, and possibly seeing a chiropractor for adjustment helps.
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Postby joeblast » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:40 pm

Dr Yang's Qigong for back pain is great.

Make sure you stretch, often and proper. Posture is hugely important too.
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Re: Sciatic nerve?

Postby enrique » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:43 pm

Great info on here. I have had trouble with my sciatic nerve as well and was worried that surgery was the only option. Taking pain meds is a nasty thing, my body does not like it at all.

I actually started to do some serious research and found a pretty great program for Sciatica relief that has kept me out of the physical therapists office for good!
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Re: Sciatic nerve?

Postby Amaranth » Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:36 pm

I used to have sciatica, but cured it with several methods. The main ones being qigong related, and considering the complication in describing the methods, I will refrain save this short description. Lift leg in pain up in front of the other to create a figure-4, then slowly release it downwards from its furthest point while trying to feel a pressure. By slow - I mean this motion should take AT LEAST a full minute to perform. Pay special attention to the area in pain... and be sure to continuously relax the body esp. the leg as you do this. Once you go back down to standing on both legs... go back up slowly as well, then repeat. Try to hold the lifted leg forward so it doesn't touch the standing leg, where the lifted leg's toes point forward instead of down. Do these motions as much as you have time for and results should come within a few days... but curing could take a while, and if you don't keep up with it: the pain will likely keep coming back. For some more immediate relief: go into this stance with leg up and toes forward, then pull lifted leg strait up from below (both palms up). Good luck to you with you healing.
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