“Hey, what’s going on? So now we’re going to determine or do a self-diagnosis. Now, I always want to put the caveat there that if you’re dealing with severe back pain or issues, you always want to consult a medical professional. But for the most part, if you just listened to what I’m about to say, you can kind of determine what the issues are with yourself, right? And then it’s up to you how you want to address it. But the process is always to take the most conservative approaches first, right? And so since pretty much everything we’re dealing with in the body is a movement issue, then doing these movements should get you on the right track. So do you have Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome. This is what we need to determine.

Well, let’s go through Sciatica first, all right? So sciatica is going to be an impingement or a pinch on one of these nerve roots that lead down into the sciatic nerve, right? So the, there’s four or five areas where the nerve roots come out that could lead to the sciatic nerve all the way down the leg. And if there is an impingement, whether it’s by a herniated disc or maybe some fluid is coming and leaked out onto the nerve, right? So there’s a few things that can happen, but either way it’s an impingement on the nerve. And so you’re gonna feel it from the back down the leg from the lower spine down the leg. It’s usually self diagnosable, right? And again, the pain originates in the spine and then goes down the back of the leg. It typically will affect just one side and you’ll feel pain in the back, the butt, the hips and the lower extremities all the way down sometimes into your calf and your foot, right? So you might have a burning numbness limp or you might get numbness down into your foot… So part of what we’re doing through the program is to break free of that nerve impingement. And we do some of the flossing that helps to break free. The Back Pain Relief4Life program does some of that as well. And it also activates muscles and the body tendons so that you get more nutrients and blood flow to the area and it will decompress that area that is causing the impingement.

Sciatica VS Piriformis Syndrome

Now, Piriformis Syndrome is the piriformis muscle, which this doesn’t show the muscles, but let’s say you have the large gluteal muscles around here underneath that is a piriformis muscle and the nerve roots come down and go either through the Piriformis muscle in a small percentage of the population or they go around it. So when that piriformis muscle impinges on that nerve, the sciatic nerve, that’s called Piriformis Syndrome, so a tight piriformis muscle or an inflamed piriformis muscle, again, usually from not moving correctly or lack of movement can put pressure on the nerve and cause similar symptoms to what we’re seeing in sciatica, but typically you’ll get a pain in the butt and then down the leg. And this is a large, in a large population of 41 to 60 year olds and 60 plus right below that. We don’t see it as often, but it can happen. So determining where does your pain originate? Does it originate in the back or does it originate in the butt? And that would help you determine what you’re dealing with. So Piriformis Syndrome or Sciatica, and then you can determine what programs based off of that would be best for you.

So we have the Piriformis Syndrome program or the Sciatica program in combination with the Back Pain Relief4Life program. So there you have it just based on this information alone, you should pretty much be able to understand where the root cause of your problem is. And if you have Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome, and this doesn’t mean that if you just do the sciatica program that you won’t help your piriformis muscle and vice versa. Piriformis program is actually beneficial for pretty much the whole population. A lot of times the muscles that can get very tight, it’s an external rotator of your hip. It’s a movement that we’re not often doing. So when we relax it and release it, it helps take strain off the lower back and the hips. All right. I hope this helps you to diagnose on your own what the issues are. We’ll see on the other side.”

Ian Hart is a Body-Mind Transformation expert, the creator of EarthFIT Training Systems, co-creator of BACK PAIN RELIEF4LIFE, and founder of BEAUFORTPERSONALTRAINING.COM and MYBACKPAINCOACH.COM. Ian and his team help people get into optimal shape in the safest, fastest and most effective way possible, using cutting edge science.

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