Sciatica pain puzzle: A checklist of causes, Part 1

Arthritis pain, Back pain, Buttock pain, Chronic pain, Hip pain, Leg pain, Low back pain, Scoliosis, Structural asymmetry

When “sciatic” type of symptoms won’t go away, what else can be considered as causes? Travell and Simons emphatically state that “Sciatica is a symptom, not a diagnosis; it’s cause should be identified.” (Vol II, p. 173) Here’s a list of things you can check. Structural asymmetries: Anything that makes one hip higher will cause […]

June 15, 2010

Low back and butt pain: The case of Sidney K, Part 2

Back pain, Buttock pain, Groin pain, Hip pain, Low back pain, Muscle information, Neuromuscular therapy, Piriformis syndrome, Understanding pain

This is Part 2 of a case study. If you missed the beginning, go back to the previous entry. Sidney K. responded well to two Neuromuscular Therapy sessions on the muscles of her low back and buttock in my treatment center near Boston. In the third treatment with her body calmer, emerged what I am […]

November 2, 2009

Sciatica, piriformis syndrome, restless leg: The best 5 stretches

Back pain, Buttock pain, Chronic pain, Hip pain, Leg pain, Low back pain, Sciatic pain, Stretching (Active Isolated method)

For anyone with piriformis syndrome, restless leg syndrome, low back pain, hip pain, buttock pain, sciatica pain, thigh pain and back leg pain, these 5 specific stretches will help. If you feel discomfort or pain when you stretch, that’s the place that needs it. You won’t harm yourself even if it hurts if you stretch […]

June 21, 2009

Restless leg syndrome: Perpetuating factors

Buttock pain, Chronic pain, Hip pain, Leg pain, Piriformis syndrome, Restless leg syndrome (RLS), Scoliosis, Structural asymmetry, Tips for therapists

According to Travell & Simons in their Trigger Point Manual, “In patients with chronic myofascial pain, attention to perpetuating factors often spells the difference between sucessful and failed therapy.” Perpetuating factors in the case of Krystal S. were an important consideration in reducing the need for continued treatment for restless leg syndrome at my Neuromuscular […]

June 20, 2009

Back pain from lifting and shoveling: Treatment of Dave B.

Acute pain, Back pain, Buttock pain, Hip pain, Low back pain, Neuromuscular therapy, Stretching (Active Isolated method)

In the case of Dave B.’s back pain from lifting, Neuromuscular Therapy treatment at my Metro-West Boston clinic was as follows: The first job was to flush the tissues. Metabolic waste products accumulate from the body’s automatic response to the injury as well as those from muscle hyperactivity. Presence of these wastes feel like the […]

May 5, 2009