Sciatica treatment plans benefit from trigger point therapy

Back pain is a common complaint among Americans, and one form of back dysfunction that may be affecting you is sciatica. An experienced physical therapy team can build you a plan that uses many techniques for sciatica treatment. One type that can be included in such plans is trigger point therapy.

How can sciatica treatment help relieve my pain?

Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated by another body structure, and this compression or irritation leads to pain. Sciatica treatment plans are designed to help decompress the nerve and relieve the irritation using a variety of techniques.

Treatment plans for this condition must be flexible to target multiple parts of the body. This is because the sciatic nerves are the longest nerves in your entire body. Each of your sciatic nerves run from the lower back, over the buttock and down the back of your leg. These nerves even branch into your feet.

Unfortunately, the long length of the sciatic nerves has a drawback. This drawback is they can become compressed in many places by many different body structures. However, the most common area where they are compressed is in the lower back. Using methods like trigger point therapy, a physical therapist may be able to help reduce the compression on your sciatic nerve.

Trigger point therapy can benefit sciatica treatment plans

Trigger point therapy is a form of manual therapy. It focuses on relieving tension that has built up in muscles. This can include tense lower back muscles that are contributing to sciatic nerve compression.

A trigger point is an area of tension that has built up in a muscle, and it’s commonly referred to as a “knot” in the muscle. A therapist can perform trigger point therapy to release these knots. This involves using specific hand movements and pressure to work out the trigger point. Dry needling is another treatment physical therapists can use to resolve trigger points.  

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, our team of experienced physical therapists can offer you many treatment options for sciatica and other forms of pain, and one option we offer is trigger point therapy. It only takes one step to begin finding out more about the personalized treatment plans available from our clinics in Portland, South Portland, Dexter, Brewer and Gorham, Maine.

Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.