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Sciatica seems to be a somewhat general description of low back, or gluteal pain. I didn’t realize the nerve itself was so large and, hence it is understandable how it can become pinched or compressed so easily, and cause pain in otherwise healthy individuals as well as people with chronic conditions. Looking forward to understanding how to relieve the pain for many clients. Or at least trying!

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Hi Ruth, welcome to the Sciatica course. I assume you are posting in order to get a certificate, correct? If so, I did not see your certification registration come through. We need that for our records and you will find the link in the certification section of your course manual.

Also please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification check  list:

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Although sciatica is used by many people as a general term for gluteal and lower back pain, it is actually not a general issue at all, but rather a very specific condition. That’s what this course is all about.

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I found the tests for sciatica very effective, especially the F.A.I.R test and I did suggest to a couple of clients to put the pillow between their knees to relieve the pain and take the pressure off the piriformis, and even started to do that myself.  Treating the back and the gluteals does relax the whole area regardless of where the problem originates, as it is hard to pinpoint sometimes.

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I found the Rocking technique to be very relaxing, rhythmic and pleasant for both the client and myself.  The use of the body gives you the ability to temper the intensity for a smaller client or a larger one.  I was a bit nervous using my foot at first but can see with practice this motion will have a more natural feel as I get accustomed to the technique, and would be more appropriate for a larger client.  I feel at the moment that I have a little more control using the ball of the foot rather than the heel.

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Knee and foot techniques take a little getting used to, but after a while you will see that they will make your sessions so much easier on your own body.

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Love the percussion and wiggling actions!  The percussion really penetrates and also feels good in the glutes. Working on my husband I can go quite a bit harder and he said it felt good. The movements have a rythmn to them when you use your whole body to guide your application of pressure. 

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Great rocking techniques for the sacrum and SI joints. Having a bit of a hard time with the transition technique, only because I have osteo arthritis in my knee and have to be careful with pressure, but with some practice I think I’ll get it down. Using knees on the gluteals is easier with the body rocking back and forth. I like to use forearms and elbows as these are powerful tools, but client feedback is important here also.

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The more you can get done with elbows and forearms, the better. Anything that takes stress of the hands is always a good choice.

The rocking techniques are amazingly effective, easy on you and pleasant for the client.

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After rocking the sacrum with elbows, the knee rocking goes a little deeper, but also feels good. It is great to know that the same rocking, rolling and leaning actions that can be used on the lumber space and gluteals can be used on many areas of the body that have a little padding.  The supine hip rocking is an easy technique and has a relaxing feel.  The hip stretch will be difficult with larger clients! Need to practice that a lot more!

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I have never done so much rocking! No, seriously, these rocking techniques are extremely effective! I even used one on my 84 yr old client who is recovering from a stroke. I had her on my table as she’s not very mobile and was having trouble with mobility in her left leg.  Gentle rocking and massage gave her relief and really relaxed her. 

The classic piriformis stretch works well with the circling and rocking for most clients. However the pigeon stretch is much deeper and more intense so checking with the client is very important here, but on flexible people will feel really good. On the floor in yoga it’s quite intense. I find most people have tightness in the hip area. 

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I always like to give my client some stretch or a bit of advice after a session. You have a good list of exercises and I like them as they flow and are easy. I like your idea of giving them just one or two after each session. This builds their knowledge and their trust factor. Some of them are so easy that I find myself doing them when I’m standing around – like the spinal twist and hip circles!

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Thank you Shama for such a thorough and informative course. It gives a lot of useful tools for dealing with sciatica symptoms in a gentle yet effective way. I am very interested in the Thai Herbal Compresses as I have had this treatment and found it to be incredibly relaxing. All the other methods you mentioned would be fascinating to study and I do believe that if a client is ‘open’ to these methods, then there is a greater probability of them feeling the affects and benefitting from them. I am a visual learner and have watched these videos several times, each time getting a bit more out of them and adding to my knowledge base.  Thank you!

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I am happy to hear that the sciatica course resonated with you and fits well into your work. I enjoyed reading your posts! Smile

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