Greetings again! This is Athena Jezik. We’re gonna work on some more videos and explain
some things out. Sciatica seems to be a problem that many
many people suffer from so i thought i would go through a little bit more sciatica work and explanation on how i deal with
sciatica. There’s many different techniques that people have but for me
this has been the most effective and i’m also learning that there’s
different types of things that come from that area. Sciatica usually is pain coming from
about here. When it’s real bad it will run down the leg. It’s a nerve pain so it runs as though it’s a like a hot iron or a hot rod going down the leg. Very uncomfortable. Sometimes there’s pain though in other parts of the hip which isn’t really the classic sciatica but it does still involve things similar because there’s so many nerves that come out of this sacral area. So that’s another thing that i’ve been
discovering. So not everything that happens with the pain and going down the leg is maybe the classic sciatica but it doesn’t matter because in my opinion naming a lot of things
doesn’t really do anything except for make it a disease and then a disease is only by law treatable by the western medical people. So that’s just names and labels. The thing is
we want to get people out of pain. We want to move them into a space of
being able to function well. So in that pain area of the hip impinging nerves and creating bad
sensation or pain down the leg we’ll call that the sciatica pain and of course it comes from here
and I find that it is always got a direct connection to the
positioning of the sacrum that also has a direct connection to the
position of the sphenoid bone at the occipital base and I’m gonna show you a little bit of this… I’ll just show it to you now. Excuse me it’s early in the morning and I’m kind of foggy today. So the sacrum is sitting here and in that sacral bone there is a lot of nerves that come out from here. These little holes are where they come
out of so if that is position a little bit
crooked on there, which happens quite a bit then we’re gonna have this pressure. The nerves are not going to be coming
out with the proper alignment and the nerves are gonna have pressure on them when they are twisted a little bit. sometimes this bone can be in a
position that’s a little more like this or it can also be an a combination of
that particular pattern so it’s important to be able to allow this bone to be able to lengthen down. This is something better done if the body can do it itself. If it’s forced into it, it doesn’t always mean that it’s going to hold because there’s a bunch of stuff
underneath there. The network of the facial structure,
the membranes under that that will twist like a nylon stocking and so if it’s forced back it will go back but because of the
underlying structures there it will pull it back into that odd position. This is translating up into the head and
because I’m a cranial sacral therapist and I’ve been doing it for so many
years I have a lot of understanding how these connections are made. So right in there where the purple and the yellow come
together is the sphenobasilar junction. The sphenoid bone is the yellow bone right here and so that bone touches all the other
bones and it does relate directly to the sacrum at this joint. So if this sacral structure is sideways, crooked on there, that’s going to be placed and it’s going to be
like so The same thing is gonna happen at at the head.
This sphenoid bone is going to be out in a similar manner because it’s a counterbalance for what’s
going on with the body. So it keeps things balanced so that we feel somewhat straight. So that’s areas that I look for in work around low back pain particularly down in the sacral area. I do not like to do the hard pushing with the elbow. For one thing You can get through muscles that way but your elbows are not very sensitive as to what you’re really doing and what structures
you’re on and i have found that when i’ve tried to
work elbows even forearms the bones and the bony surfaces.. it’s just too rough.
I don’t feel good about it. It doesn’t feel productive so I don’t
use that method. Also sometimes when the nerve is affected there’s inflammation. So in
my opinion the way that I see things is by driving yourself into that nerve, through those muscles with a bunch
of inflammation going on is not really going to help the problem. So there’s little things like that that I pay attention to that I don’t know if many other people take a lot of
that into account because we do get sort of a technique
to loosen things up and it doesn’t always provide for us the thoughts of what’s
happening at the subtle anatomy level. So I test this just by checking at
the occipital base and at the sacrum to see the position of everything and once the position is established then I can go in and work with the sacrum
in order to correct it. Sometimes this will be corrected quickly
and sometimes it’s not corrected as quickly and I believe that a lot of that is
because it’s maybe not a true quote “sciatica” but there’s other
stuff going on maybe in the hip joint. There might be some kind of misalignment
in the pubic arch. There might be some kind of a rotation in the hip as well so other things have to happen. So here I’m just giving a little drag on the sacrum and letting it loosen up and letting it
swim around and my other hand is at the occipital base. Just steadying the dural tube. And so there I just wait a little while and then I will soften the muscle area around
there. I work really differently. It just kind of depends. So much of my work is intuitive. There’s
somewhat of a protocol that I follow but each person presents things
differently. No two bodies are ever the same. No injury patterns are ever the same. So flexibility is important to be able
to move from various techniques and not follow things too rigidly particularly in pain
problems and issues Then the other thing that i will do is
to get my finger at the base of the sacrum… Excuse me, at L5 S1, which is right in this area here L5 S1 so try to put some distance between there
because that’s where the jamming probably tends to be. Sometimes it’s at the coccyx. And I’ll show you that technique as well. So with that you just do a little
stretching integrating in with the muscles integrating in with the tissues and then just waiting for it to move. This is going face down. There is a better way to do the sacral pull when they are on their back but this way will also open it up. Either way is fine and my other hand
up here is also feeling some rotation and some movement coming up the spine. So as one area of the spine is off every
little vertebrae is affected to some degree. There’s a little bit of adjustment that they
have to make in order to keep the misalignment aligned and the bodies just gonna do that it’s
gonna work within the framework that it has and it’s gonna normalize whether a pattern
is there. And so there now we’re getting it softened
and now there’s a little bit of a stretch happening. I’m stretching downward with the hand
that’s on the L5 S1. And I am taking a little bit of a stretch upward. Just a little traction. No deeper than the fascial level. So we have skin, fluid, then fascia. So I’m three layers down and giving a little stretch there and i’m feeling quite a bit of rumbling
going on and there is a separation happening between L5 S1 And it just swims around and the sacrum is trying right now to find its way back to the proper position. It’s a good idea, if you know cranial
work to also balance it at the spenoid level because the sphenoid bone, if not corrected, can pull this thing out. Sometimes this
will correct the sphenoid bone but it’s a good idea to check both. She just had a couple pulses. There’s
a lot of activity going on. Even though she’s not suffering from sciatica or any kind of hip serious pain problems there’s still a
lot of activity going on, which is correcting little misalignments in there, which is a reason that we should be paying attention to maintenance. Even though we’re not hurting, we might
wanna have some kind of session just for tweaking. I see a number of people who come in regularly every four to six weeks just to be
tweaked with cranial work And I myself have an hour and a half
session with somebody once a month. And I love it when I get it. It took me a while to find somebody that I felt was at my capacity. Okay and then the other position is just
to lay the hand on the sacrum here and curl the fingers at L5 S1
and give a little bit of traction this way. This is a little tricky because you have
to keep the palm of the hand pretty secure and the fingers have to bend so there’s quite a lot of technique in the hands in order to get the right feeling. And the
hands have to work independently because I’m right at the sacral coccyx junction and I’m stretching
downward on that while I’m allowing the movement, which is a little
bit of a swaying motion at L5 S1.
There’s a downward traction as well as this being loose to be able to align. at the same time it’s being tractioned downward. Okay and there’s some movement happening. These techniques will usually give quite a
bit of change to the pain. It doesn’t mean that one time is going
to give total remedy to the problem but it does begin to correct that space. Once that’s corrected then we can go in
and also work into the muscles, much deeper into the musculature. And the only reason i work into the
musculature is to loosen the muscles so that they’re not sinching down around those
nerves because if they are sinching around those nerves then they are not gonna let go really easy even though the
alignment happens so i just worked really deeply into these glutial muscles for the purpose of the muscle again, not the purpose of the nerve. And I’m careful if I go into the
area where the sciatic is the main place where you can feel it. I do not go into that with a lot of
deep pressure because again I don’t like going into the inflamed areas and I don’t like going
into pain with a lot of pressure. I don’t think in my work it gives me the better results. Okay and then up front and there is many areas of the hip to take and loosen. And along the ridge of the hip as well coming from the sacrum. Working all that. And of course both sides are benefited. I won’t do too much on this side. Both sides have benefited by that. You can even go into the attachments of
the hamstrings. In fact it’s a good idea to make sure
that the quadriceps and hamstrings are well stretched. With this there’s also
some stretches that can be done with the leg, but I will show that at another time So basically what i do is corrected the position of the sacrum to alleviate the pain of the sciatic pain or hip pain. Thank you very much! This is Athena Jezik. Please subscribe to our channel and you should also visit our new website because we have over 1300 videos on our channel I know it can be a little difficult to navigate and find the videos that you want to see
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