Anyone who has ever suffered with sciatica knows that it is miserable.

Sciatica is caused by pressure on a nerve and usually affects one leg.  Pain may be felt in your buttock, back of your leg, behind your knee or in your foot.  The pain may come in spasms or be persistent.  Sufferers may be more comfortable standing up and moving around than sitting or lying down.

Sciatic pain is usually caused by compression of the nerve root at the point where it leaves the spine.

How can reflexology help reduce nerve pain like sciatica?

Reflexology is a therapy that aims to bring balance to all the systems of the body.  Nerve pain is very draining both physically and emotionally. With sciatica it can be almost impossible to get comfortable with many people finding it very difficult to sit or lie down and only feeling a certain relief while they are standing or moving around which is exhausting in itself.

Reflexology aims to benefit the person’s nervous system by promoting deep relaxation and reducing stress levels.

What reflexes to treat to help relieve sciatica

Hold the solar plexus reflexes to assess and balance the nervous state of the person.

Use linking techniques to link the forebrain to the sacrum with the intention of calming the person’s thoughts, helping them to relax.

Work the spinal reflexes, including working across the spine to treat the nervous system.  The aim is to relax the spine, help with spinal flexibility, relaxing of muscles and for general relaxation.

Work and hold the adrenal reflexes for relaxation and to promote natural anti-inflammatories.

Work the lungs and diaphragm to promote deeper breathing as this helps lower anxiety levels in times of stress.

Work the endocrine reflexes including the adrenals with the intention to stimulate a natural anti-inflammatory response.

Use plenty of flowing massage techniques to soothe the person and improve their feelings of well-being.

Does it work?

Clients certainly report back to me to say that they feel better after treatment.  Some say they have more feelings in numb areas after treatment.  Certainly clients benefit from taking some time to relax.

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