Ask the Doctor
Do you use conventional crunching techniques or gentle nudging techniques. I am suffering from sciatica. - craig
Sciatic nerve pain responds well to a technique called flexion distraction. I use that with my low back patients and there is no "crunching" Also, sciatic nerve pain can actually be a nerve entrapment in the hip region or even in the hamstring in the back of the leg, and Active Release Techniques is a terrific technique to relieve those symptoms.
I have a friend with a diagnosis from his doctor of Torn rotator cuff bilaterly. He can not lie on either side to sleep for more than a few minutes. The pain is severe.He has worked with heavy equipment for many years and was told the repetitive motions had worn the rotator cuffs out.What would you do to help him and is it possible to really heal this problem? - Sally
Rotator Cuff can get great relief with Active Release Techniques and I treat it all the time. The main healing will be 3 fold, ART, rehabilitation, and rest. Sleeping on the shoulders only makes it worse, you have to find a way to sleep on your back with shoulder pain. My guess is he has several areas of scar tissue that may have been provoked from the overuse and that typically leads to the shoulder problem, ART will release those adhesions.
I had an MRI performed after months of pain, burning and tingling down the back side of my left leg. My doctor noted some degenerative disc issues and recommended physical therapy. After several visits and much time spent at home doing stretches and exercises I have had little to no relief. Can ART help with this? - GF
Yes, ART is extremely effective at treating sciatic nerve pain. Why? Because sometimes the actual root of the problem is not only in the lower back but also in the hip and the hamstring. It is there that the sciatic nerve gets entrapped within the muscle. If you do not actually treat the muscle all the way down to the calf sometimes the sciatic nerve pain will still be there, no matter how much you adjust the lower back.