I’m Pregnant. How do I get relief from sciatic pain?
If you've ever experienced pain in your buttocks or legs, you may be experiencing sciatic pain. Wallis for Wellness can help!
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Margaret Wallis-Duffy of Wallis for Wellness is a Registered Massage Therapist, She opened her clinic over 25 years ago, and Wallis for Wellness has become one of the most well-respected multidisciplinary wellness clinics.
What causes Sciatic pain in pregnancy?
As your baby grows bigger, they may be resting on your sciatic nerve. Ouch! This nerve is the largest and longest one in your body. About the width of your thumb, the nerve originates at the lower end of your spinal cord. It splits there to run down through your pelvic area, through each buttock and thigh, and along each leg to each foot.
Sciatic/pseudo-sciatic or piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that is caused when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve. This is often due to the changes in posture during pregnancy. The piriformis muscle is a flat, band-like muscle located in the buttocks near the top of the hip joint. ... Nerve compression can be caused by spasm of the piriformis muscle.
Baby sitting on nerve
There are natural integrative & effective strategies to help relieve sciatic pain in pregnancy and post-partum. Sciatic nerve pain is a common complication during pregnancy because the uterus rests on the pelvic floor and lower back muscles.
Massage therapy can reduce inflammation in the nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles.
A few more things pregnant women can do to relieve sciatica that do not require medication or invasive treatments are:
Resting and stretching are important
Stretching exercises for sciatica
When lying down, lie on the side of your body opposite the pain, this position may help alleviate some of the pressure on the nerve. Place a pillow between the knees while side-lying to help put the spine into a more neutral poison and take the pressure off the piriformis muscle and spine.
Book a few sessions with a massage therapist to help reduce hypertonicity of the piriformis and other affected muscles as well as learn proper positioning technique
Acupuncture and micro-current point stimulation therapy can help with low back pain and sciatica.
Margaret and her team have had great success in treating sciatic during pregnancy and beyond by combining massage therapy, MPS Therapy (micro-current point stimulation therapy) and the Sp1ke mat!
Does pregnancy sciatica go away?
Chances are your sciatica will lessen or go away completely after you have your baby. For some women the pain will subside during pregnancy as the baby grows and moves off the nerve….
For assistance during pregnancy and post-partum contact Wallis for Wellness for a natural integrative strategy.