The husband harped on and on about his wife's bad posture. She was a bit sick of it. But she was more sick of the burning low leg pain and not being able to put weight on one leg for very long before feeling a grabbing stabbing pain in the hip going down the leg. She limped into The Posture Clinic.
After two sessions, She said "I am not as bent over. My 'posture problem' is better but my sciatic still needs work."
Wait, wait, wait. WHOA. Wait just a second.
This person referred to her slouching posture as her "posture problem."
She did not put her sciatica into the category of "posture problems."
Posture problems are not limited to the upper body or the spine or just rounded shoulders. Not at all. She was saying her posture problem was a slouching upper spine issue but the sciatica is not posture problem.
SCIATICA IS A POSTURE PROBLEM
There is no sciatic problem that is not a posture problem.
When the skeleton is pulled out of position, anywhere in the body, the structure, joints, tendons, nerves LOOSE their freedom to move and function ......freely and completely!
Guess what? Organs are affected too. Slouch and you are compressing the 8 inch compartment the organs sit in. You are also putting the sciatic nerve on a MAJOR stress and stretch.
Sciatica is caused by muscle imbalances that tug bones out of position so when you go to move the bones they now pinch nerves, rub cartilage tendons or jam a bone from partial or complete movement. This impacts other parts. POSTURE IMBALANCES ANYWHERE IN THE BODY seriously compromise the healthy position and therefore function the skeleton is designed to maintain when stationary and when moving.
Stenosis is a posture problem
Spondylolisthesis, scoliosis are posture problems
Knee pain, ACL, MCL tears, bone on bone are posture problems
Ankle pain, sprains, strains are posture problems
Foot pain, heel pain, bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, are posture problems
Hip pain, FAI, Labral tears, Degenerative Hip Dis-ease are posture problems
Shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger pain are posture problems
Back pain, neck pain, herniations, disc issues/bulging discs, stenosis, spondy scoliosis
The list could go on but you get the point.
Unless your joints/parts are smashed or broken the pain you have created is coming from dysfunctional muscles.
IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO CHIRP "THE BODY IS CONNECTED" THEN .....the next thing that comes out of your mouth is,
I have bad posture slouchy shoulders and spine but that's not related at all to the pain running down my leg.
IT IS!!!! IT IS 100%, 100 MILLION PERCENT RELATED
You don't really believe the body is connected if you have aches, pain, in various body parts and think of them and treat them in isolation to one another.
Tom Myers, creator/author of Anatomy Trains, makes this point quite well HERE
This lady understands now that this is a problem that is solvable but it will take some consistency on her part, doing her menu daily until her body learns the new functional movement patterns her hip, leg, upper back and shoulders etc are supposed to make, and the hips, shoulders, legs start doing movements on their own correctly.
IT IS A WASTE TO THINK THE PROBLEM(S) WILL BE RESOLVED NOW OR SOON.
YOU HAVE TO WORK AT IT.
THE PROBLEM WILL BE RESOLVED WHEN YOU REPETITIVELY AND STRATEGICALLY TEACH IT OVER TIME TO BE FUNCTIONAL NOT DYSFUNCTIONAL.
YOU ARE IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT. YOU CONTROL HOW MUCH BETTER YOU GET AND WHEN.
STAY CLOSE TO YOUR THERAPIST
STAY IN THE PROCESS AND PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS CHANGING SPECIFICALLY AND SHARE THAT WITH YOUR THERAPIST
Catee Ingwersen is an Egoscue certified Posture Alignment Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist.