Sciatica is a painful condition that may be brought on by the irritation/compression of the path of the sciatic nerve and its branches. The sciatic nerve runs from our spinal cord through our buttocks/hips and down the back of each leg up until the feet. Let us take a look at how Reflexology addresses and manages sciatic neuritis in patients.
CAUTIONS AND CHECKS DURING SCIATICA REFLEXOLOGY THERAPY
• The patient should be placed on a comfortable but firm massage table, such that the spine and tailbone are not arched.
BEGINNING WITH RELAXATION TECHNIQUE:
1. The therapist holds the patient’s left foot using both the hands. The therapist’s fingers will be on top of the patient’s foot and the thumb at the base/ balls of the patient’s foot.
2. Then the foot is "loosened" with a back and forth movement - big toe is gently brought forward and the little toes are gently pushed backward simultaneously.
3. This is followed by toe rotation for each toe of the left foot - clockwise and then anti-clockwise rotations
4. Lastly, foot wringing technique is added - first gently and then with moderate intensity.
5. The relaxation techniques 1 -4 are then performed for the right foot.
1. The beginning is done with the left foot and a Slide and Press technique along the spinal reflex located along the arch of the inner foot.